Fairbanks Ice Dogs prepare for final home series of the season

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs will be playing in the Big Dipper Ice Arena for the last time this season on Friday and Saturday.
The Dogs will be hosting the Minnesota Magicians in part 1 of the Midwest Division Finals. ​
The Dogs will be hosting the Minnesota Magicians in their best of three series. ​
The Ice Dogs are coming off of a clean sweep over the Janesville Jets, winning the first two games in the Big Dipper on April 12th and 13th, and sealed the deal with a win down in Wisconsin last Friday night. ​
The Magicians advanced by defeating the Springfield Jr. Blues in four games. ​
When it comes to their records this season, this is a battle between the top two teams in the Midwest. ​
We talked to head coach Trevor Stewart at practice this morning about their playoff-opening sweep, and how they feel heading into this weekend.
"We faced some adversity early-on in game three. Guys just got better as the game went on. Now we give ourselves an opportunity to play for another banner. I still think we have more. I think guys know that too. I think we've just been... We're a little bit better than Janesville. We know the magicians are playing really good hockey right now. They're playing hard. They're playing physical. It's going to be a good test for us. It's going to be a different level of competition than what we've seen so far," said Stewart.
​"Friday and Saturday at 7:30 for sure. If up 2-0 no game Sunday. 1-1 or down 0-2 then Sunday at 5:00. Last chance to see the Dogs. It's going to be a great weekend. We are looking for some billet families for next year. We'll have some forms out there. We'll have the season ticket special as well. People tailgating in the parking lot... You know what it's going to be like. It's playoff hockey at the Big Dipper in Fairbanks. Come on down and join us," said Rob Proffitt, Ice Dogs GM.