The Fairbanks Ice Dogs were in a must-win situation earlier today in Blaine Minnesota, where they took on the Johnstown Tomahawks in game two of their best of three Robertson Cup Semi-final series. The Dogs kept their championship dreams alive with a 4-2 victory over Johnstown.
The Ice Dogs never trailed in this game, giving themselves a 2-0 lead early in the first period. The Tomahawks responded with a goal at the end of the first and both teams lit the lamp once in the second, but the Ice Dogs finally gave themselves the lead for good with a goal 8 minutes into the third period. Jonny Sorenson and Brendan MacLaren led the Dogs to victory, both scoring twice to account for all of the goals. John Stampohar dished out three assists to lead the team in that category. Mattias Sholl was back to form in-between the pipes. He stopped 25 out of the 27 shots he faced to earn the win in goal.
With this season saving victory, the Dogs will now play their third and final game against Johnstown tomorrow. If the Ice Dogs are victorious there, they will advance to the Robertson Cup Championship game with a chance to bring their fourth cup back to the Interior.