Fairbanks Ice Dogs improve to 8-2 against Kenai River

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs began their regular season ending home stand last night against the Kenai River Brown Bears.
The Dogs continued to heat up at the right time, defeating the Brown Bears 3-1.
Fairbanks scored one goal in each of the three periods while only allowing Kenai River to light the lamp once in the second. ​
The Ice Dog attack was relentless on both the offensive and defensive sides. ​
The Dogs peppered Kenai River Goaltender Gavin Enright with 40 shots, while holding the Brown Bears to 20. ​
Matt Koethe provided the first goal of the night while John Stampohar and Brenden MacLaren scored in the second and third periods respectively. ​
Goaltender Mattias Sholl continued to shine in-between the pipes, stopping 19 of the 20 shots fired his way to secure the win in 60 minutes of work. ​
The win brings the Ice Dogs up to 36-13-3-3 on the year. ​
They are still six points ahead of the Minnesota Magicians for first place in the NAHL Midwest Division with 78 points. ​
We caught up with Stampohar after the game about this latest victory, and what they have to do to successfully close out the regular season. ​
"We know coming out that if we shut them down in the D-zone, that leads to more offense. So, we basically shut them down tonight and got more chances in the offensive zone. We knew that we had a couple of games to go by to raise a banner this year and be first in our division. Even though their season is ending after this, it's still a big game for us and we have to keep our mindsets going and keep going basically. Throw everything that we've got at them, you know? You've got to split it up into sections basically, first period is a game, second period is a game, and third period is a game. We just kind of break it up just like that. Each shift we just kind of focus on it," said Stampohar.
The Dogs and the Brown Bears will play each other two more times this weekend, with tonight and tomorrow's games set for 7:30 starts. This will bring an end to the 12 game series between these in-state rivals, which the Dogs currently lead 8-2.