Ice Dogs hold on for 5-4 win over Bruins in series opener

FAIRBANKS-Friday night the Austin Bruins were in the Big Dipper taking on the Ice Dogs. The Bruins lead the season series 2-0.

In the first period after the teams got past the feeling out period some beautiful cycling and passing on the power play for the Ice Dogs. Doug Rose to Chandler Madry to Jacob Hetz for the score to break the seal on this game at the 13:15 mark.

Then less than six minutes later at the 7:34 the Ice Dogs breakout on a 2-1 rush. Hans Gorowsky sends it Yannik Vedel who has the stick-to-it-tiveness  for the goal off the rebound after his initial two misses. It was 2-0 Ice Dogs after the first period.

In the second period the Ice Dogs get two goals in the first four minutes of the period. Ethan Somoza passes it to Kyle Lee. Lee puts a shot on goal to test Nick Lehr again. Lehr made the initial stop but Ross Olsson was there for the putback.

Fairbanks was rolling shortly after with another goal. Fairbanks got a goal on another power play which was the result of more great great passing. Madry battled for a puck in the slot and got past to Bruins to find a wide open Hetz who scores at point blank range to give the Ice Dogs a 4-0 lead.

But just five seconds later after that score the Bruins answers. Jay Dickman gets a dirty goal in front of Aldridge to make it a 4-1 game at the 15:15 mark of the the second period.

Four minutes later the Ice Dogs make a rush towards the net which was dislodged. Jake Arroyo of Austin took issue with it. He and Lonnie Clary of the Ice Dogs got into and starting fighting. Arroyo got the upper hand in the duel. It turns out the scuffle energized the Bruins.

Trey Dood gets a tally after a Dickman helper to make it a 4-2 game. Then with 2:09 to go in the second period Guillame Lecher scores on Kevin Aldridge capping off a 3-0 Bruins runs to bring within one 3-4.

The Ice Dogs fire right back with a quick response with 39 seconds later. Olsson and Somoza set up Kyle Lee cycling from the left circle to the right of the slot to set the table for Lee's goal to stop the bleeding.

Fairbanks holds to win this game 5-4 and take the opener in this series.