FAIRBANKS-The Ice Dogs were in a similar situation in last year's division finals with the Wenatchee Wild going into game four. Instead of being down 1-2 this year Fairbanks is up 2-1 going into the "Snatch" on Friday for game four.
The Ice Dogs were in the backseat after losing game one 4-0 then moved up to the passenger seat with a 4-2 win in game two and now they're in the driver seat of this best of five series after a 2-0 shutout win on Monday night.
Fairbanks has a 3-3 record at Wenatchee this season. But 1 more win and the Ice Dogs will move on to their first Robertson Cup tournament appearance since 2012. Only this year the Ice Dogs will host the semifinal best of three series should they advance.
In a postgame interview Forward Yannick Vedel who scored the key insurance goal on Monday night after returning from a nasty spill in game three believes Fairbanks has the formula to defeat Wenatchee.
"I think that they're a transition team so all you got to do is just shut them down in the neutral zone, make sure you have a third forward, backs supports, allow your ds [defenseman] to be aggressive and you can shut this team down pretty good," Vedel said.
Ice Dogs veteran defense Nick Hinz believes that consistency in his team's game plan will help them win.
"We just got to keep doing what we've been doing. Getting pucks in and out, doing the little things, just got to carry that down to Wenatchee and we'll be perfectly fine," Hinz said.
"I just think it's going in and playing our game," Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said. "We have to play aggressive and want it. I think for the most part in the last couple of games we demonstrated that. Obviously Wenatchee, they're good in their barn and we expect a battle and that's what we're going to get."
GAME 3 FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ3bXi3O3vw&feature=share&list=UUxrmnexYR...