FAIRBANKS-The Brown Bears players said they got back to the little things. Those little things led to big plays as Kenai River upends the Ice Dogs 5-3 snapping the nine game win streak for the Ice Dogs.
After a Kenai goal by Jack Gessert in the first the Ice Dogs got two goals in the second period to make it a 2-1 game. Ethan Somoza tied the game on a penaly shot at 14:14. Then Tayler Munson scored off a Hans Gorowsky assist. It look like the Ice Dogs would put on a repeat performance from last night but there would be momentum swings ahead.
The Brown Bears tied te game at 2-2 with another Gessert goal to close out the second period. Then after the intermission the Munson and Gorowsky duo connected again this time Gorowsky would score and give the Ice Dogs a 3-1 advantage. The momentum would swing back into Kenai's favor with three unaswered scores.
Later in the final period the Brown Bears got behind net, passed it to the left slot as Matt Rudin slice towards the net and put in for a 3-3 tie. A little over two minutes later Kenai was deep in the Fairbanks offensive zone again and found success with an Albin Karlsson goal, his 25th of the season which put the Brown Bears ahead 4-3.
The Ice Dogs got lots of chances with some nice aggressive movement towards the front of Kenai's net and zone, especially in the last four minutes of the game but the puck never got in net.
Matt Rudin put the game out of reach with an empty net goal with seven seconds to go for the final tally. Rudin and Gessert both finished with two goals and an assist to lead Kenai. Munson and Gorowsky also had goal and assist a-piece for the Ice Dogs.
The loss was also the last home game of 2013. They won't be back until Jan. 9, 2014 after their completing eight straight road games. The silver lining is even with the loss the Ice Dogs are tied for first in the Midwest division with the Minnesota Wilderness. The Wilderness loss 5-0 to the Austin Bruins tonight.