WENATCHEE, WA-The Ice Dogs have been to three straight Robertson Cup tournaments but that streak comes to an end tonight as they fall 3-1 to the Wild in game five of the west division finals.
Fairbanks did have a 1-0 lead a little over 14 minutes into the first period. Jacob Hets put the dogs ahead after the helper from Nick Hinz. But the Wild responded with three unaswered goals. Jacob Barber tied the game with six minutes left in the second period thanks to Jono Davis assist. In the third period the advantage would stay with the Wild as Brian Williams would score the game winner 7:45 into the final stanza. Davis would add the empty net goal in the last minute of the game for the final margin.
The Ice Dogs were outshot 25-18 in this game and only registered five shots on goal in the third period. Both teams had staunch penalty kills with neither team netting a power play goal.
Davis had a goal and an assist to lead the Wild. Ice Dogs goalie Steve Perry made 23 saves on the 25 shots he faced with his counterpart Robert Nichols letting one get past him despite his 17 saves.
The Wild will be the number two seed in the Robertson Cup Tournament and join the Amarillo Bulls, Bismarck Bobcats and Jamestown Ironmen.
Hinz, one of the Ice Dogs' captains, did suffer a concussion on a clean hit late in the third period and was being seen at an area hospital this evening but last reports is that he is conscious and responsive.