Fairbanks Ice Dogs fall to Chippewa is series opener

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs opened up their three-game "Stick it to Cancer" series against the Chippewa Steel last night at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
This one did not go the way the home team hoped, with the Steel skating off the ice with a 3-1 victory.
Chippewa got on the board first with a goal four minutes into the first period.
Parker Brown then scored the only goal of the night for the Ice Dogs about five minutes later before Chippewa took control again.
The Steel added one more goal in both the second and third periods to secure the victory.
Brendan Ogle, Jacob Dirks, and Connor Szmul accounted for the Chippewa Scores while Jonathan Sorenson assisted Brown's goal for the Ice Dogs.
The loss drops the Ice Dogs down to 19-13-3-2 overall this season while Chippewa improves to 12-23-1-1.
The season series between these two teams is now tied with four wins each.
Head Coach Trevor Stewart cites uninspired play for the team's latest loss.
"I saw our opposition playing desperate and playing hard, executing. I didn't see a lot of energy from our players, and it just seems like we had a chance to make a play and we're not making it. We looked at it going into the weekend like we have to win a series. Tomorrow is the next game of the series. We let that one get away and give them credit, they played hard and executed. We've got to be better tomorrow," said Stewart.
The Dogs will meet the steel again tonight and the series will come to a close on Saturday.