SOLDOTNA-The Ice Dogs went down to Soldotna got a pair of wins thanks to off all things their offense. Doug Rose had the game winner on Friday night with four seconds left in overtime for a 6-5 win over Kenai on Friday night. Then on Saturday the Ice Dogs got another six goals and it wasn't as close. Winning 6-3 over the Brown Bears.
Viktor Liljegren, in his return from a hand injury, lead the way with four points-two goals and two assists in the win.
It was 3-2 Ice Dogs after the first period. Ethan Somoza put the Dogs up for 4-2 going into the third. It was the only goal of second and that would prove to be the game winner. Liljegren and Hetz had the last two goals for the final tally. Patrick Munson made 24 saves on 27 shots for Fairbanks.
The Ice Dogs outshot Kenai 108-49. Fairbanks is now up 6-0 in the ERA Alaska Cup Series and are on an eight game winning streak.
"It means the world, we have a 6 to 0 lead now in the ERA Cup and you know we have two new games against Kenai next week and I mean, it means a lot to win, to sweep them away, it feels good," Liljegren said.
Head coach Trevor Stewart of the Ice Dogs put the big wins in perspective for his team. Even thought the offense showed up big for the first time in their eight game winning streak on a bigger ice surface, it led to some lapses defensively.
"There's more open ice here I guess, our guys made some plays and then I think going with that, like we're doing good offensively but we get caught up in that sometimes and it let in some defensive breakdowns which weren't really evident this last couple of weekends when we've been at home," Stewart said.
"You know, comfort kills, we've just got to make sure we're not comfortable," Somoza said. "We got to keep working hard and be ready for them next weekend because they're gonna be mad, they're gonna be coming hard so we got to be ready."