Fairbanks Ice Dogs take first two games of divisional round series

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs successfully defended home ice in their first two games of the NAHL Divisional Playoffs.
The Dogs defeated the Janesville Jets 4-1.
The Dogs scored first in this one, lighting the lamp five minutes into the game. ​
Janesville was able to tie it up but the Ice Dogs were able to respond in a big way, hanging up three unanswered goals to secure the win. ​
They scored one of those in the second period, and then their final two in the third. ​
Trenton Woods secured the first goal of the night while John Stampohar scored in the second. ​
Matt Koethe and Luke Ciolli tickled the twine in the third. ​
Jax Murray and Dylan Abbott shared the team lead in assists, both finishing with two.​
Mattias Sholl earned his 10th consecutive win in goal, stopping 22 of the 23 shots he faced. ​
The Dogs are now in the driver's seat as this series moves down south. ​
The Dogs now only need one win in the next three games down in Janesville Wisconsin. ​
We caught up with the Dogs after the game about their weekend wins, and how they feel as the first round moves on.

"We just came out hard-working," said John Stampohar. "We knew right from the drop of the puck that we had to get going right off the bat. We knew when we got the first one that more of them would keep coming and coming so we just kept putting pressure on them all night. We know that Janesville is going to be a tough opponent in their barn, we played them several times there. We know that we're up 2-0 on them right now. We know we're going to have momentum coming into it and they're going to be back on their heels a bit... Kind of playing for their lives but it's a good feeling." ​

"It's good to get game two," began Trenton Woods; "and go up 2-0 and be on the road for game three. I think it's good, we all worked hard, we deserved it."