FAIRBANKS-The Fairbanks Ice Dogs are moving on the in NAHL playoffs. The Ice Dogs ended a rough and rugged 5 game series on Saturday night with a 3-2 win in overtime over Kenai River. You couldn't write up a better finish in Hollywood.
In the first Wyatt Ege's power play goal, his third score of the series tied it at one a-piece. Hans Gorowsky closed out the first with a goal as Fairbanks went up 2-1. Frankie Spellman of Kenai, his goal in the second period knotted game five at 2-2. That was Spellman's second goal of the night.
Stiff defense and goaltending was the order of the night. Kenai's Zach Quinn and Kevin Aldridge of Fairbanks walled off the net in the third period. Quinn was assaulted with 46 shots on goal. He had 43 saves and Aldridge made 18 big saves.
Now the Ice Dogs have been dealing with some injuries. Tayler Munson was still but Kylee back made his return from a shoulder injury suffered in game 1.
Lee made the comeback scoring the game winning overtime goal at the 4:44 mark of overtime giving the Ice Dogs a 3-2 overtime victory ending Kenai's season and sending Fairbanks into the Midwest Division Finals against the Wenatchee Wild.
"Priceless. I wanted that one more than anything and I'm happy to get in Fairbanks," Lee said about his game winning goal.
"Just wanted to play for my teammates and this organization you know. My dad told me it doesn't matter if it's 80 percent ready, 100 percent ready, you got to play like its perfect. I went out there and played for the boys."
Aldridge put Lee's moment perspective given that Lee was battled injuries late in the year for the past couple of seasons.
"You couldn't pick a better kid to score the game winning goal. Missed all last year's playoffs with injury and got hurt this year too so coming back that was a great feeling."
Aldridge also talk about the next matchup for the Ice Dogs. Their other rival Wenatchee will be in Fairbanks this Friday night for game one. The Wild eliminated the Ice Dogs in five games in last year's division finals.
"Yeah it's going to be tough I mean they're a good team but you know, the guys are focused for this upcoming series because we want to get revenge on them."