FAIRBANKS-A little stat loaded preview of Saturday night's deciding game five between the Kenai River Brown Bears and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
Game five will most likely come down to defense for the Ice Dogs. In the two games the Ice Dogs have lost they've allowed three or more goals. When Kenai scores two or less Fairbanks has won.
The barometer of this series has been on special teams. The team that has scored a power play goal has won the game.
Kenai is 2-8 on power plays this series while Fairbanks is 2-11.
The Ice Dogs will also need to finish off and convert on as many chances as possible. There have been a number of near misses and shots that have been just off that could've been goals for NAHL regular season champs.
The defenseman have been huge for Fairbanks led by Duggie Lagrone he's been at least +1 in each game with 2 assists in two games as well. Fellow defenseman Wyatt Ege and Johnny Mueller had scored twice in the series as well.
For Kenai Kris Oldham righted some wrongs after allowing six or more goals three times to Fairbanks his 28 saves in game four resulted in a Kenai win.
The big guns have showed for Kenai. NAHL point leader Alec Butcher has five points and is + 3. Albin Karlsson the second leading scorer for the Brown Bears has 4 points.
Last season the Ice Dogs won this same matchup in five games, winning the fifth game 3-2 in the Big Dipper.
Still no confirmation on whether Tayler Munson or Kylee will be available in Saturday's game due to injuries.
The puck drops at 7:30 on Saturday night in the Big Dipper Ice Arena.