Ice Dogs shoot for a second divisional league crown

Tonight's the night I've been talking about all week, as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs look to wrap up their second consecutive NAHL Western Division crown this weekend.

The third-ranked Alaska Avalanche, a team that's been a thorn in the top-ranked Ice Dogs’ side all season, opens a three-game-series tonight at the Big Dipper.

The Avalanche currently holds the advantage in this season's series, including a three-game sweep of the Dogs the last time they played at the Dipper.

Both teams have already clinched play-off berths, but the Avalanche will be looking to move up to the second spot in the standings, allowing them to host their first play-off series on their home ice.

The Dogs also have a chance to clinch home ice in their play-off series, but somehow need to get four points in order to overcome the Wenatchee Wild.

Two losses by the Wild, or a Wild loss and a Dogs win, would get the Fairbanks ice men the western crown, but the Dogs would rather just take two wins.

But to get a key play-off advantage with wins, the Dogs will have to take them from a tough team.

The Dogs will continue play tomorrow night at 7:30, and again at the same time, same venue, on Saturday.