Fairbanks Ice Dogs return from Bye Week to host Corpus Christi

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - After a rare weekend off, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs will return to the Big Dipper Ice Arena this weekend to host the Corpus Christi Ice Rays in a two game series.
The last time the Dogs were on the Ice was on January 19th, when they wrapped up their "Stick it to Cancer" series against the Chippewa Steel.
The Dogs won two out of the three games there, defeating the Steel 5-4 in game two and 6-3 in game three.
Those two wins were huge for the NAHL Standings, with the Dogs giving themselves sole possession of second place in the Midwest Division.
They sit at 21-13-3-2 overall this season and hold second place with 47 points.
They are three ahead of the Janesville Jets and eight points behind the Minnesota Magicians.
This was an eventful week off for the Dogs, who named their captain for the remainder of the season.
The Hitman Grant Ledford was voted team captain by his teammates and will wear the C on his Jersey for the rest of the year.
We talked to Ledford and Head Coach Trevor Stewart about how the team feels after a week off, and what they have to do to win this weekend.
"Guys are excited to get back at it. There's no doubt about that. Last week we took some time to reflect on the first games of the season and kind of talked about what we need to do the next 21 games of the season top put ourselves in the playoffs and try to push ourselves to a division championship. Guys are excited and ready to go and I'm excited to see how we come out tomorrow night," said Stewart.
"We're trying to get to a championship right now. We have that mentality right now. Going to this weekend having Corpus come up... I think if we get a streak going like we did those last two games, if we get a streak going it'll get us moving to a championship. We just have to come out and bully them. We have to go all out," said Ledford.