Fairbanks Ice Dogs to host Janesville Jets in first home series of the year

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs are back!
The Dogs will be competing in their first home series of the year at the Big Dipper Ice Arena this Friday and Saturday.
The Dogs are coming off of a three week road trip around the Midwest to open their season.
The Dogs, who lost 13 players to NCAA commitments this past offseason including their top 10 leading scorers, had a rocky start to the year as they are currently 2-5-0-1 overall.
They began the year with a sweep at the hands of the Chippewa Steel.
They then competed in the NAHL Showcase Tournament, which started with a shootout loss to the reigning Robertson Cup Champion Shreveport Mudbugs.
They then fell to the Minnesota Wilderness before defeating the Johnstown Tomahawks, and closed showcase play with a loss to the Minot Minotauros.
Most recently the Dogs had a Weekend series against the Minnesota Magicians.
They defeated Minnesota in a 3-0 shutout on Friday night and fell 3-2 on Saturday to split that series.
One player in particular was honored for his play over the weekend, Jonathan Sorenson was named the Midwest Division Star of the week.
He earned three points with a goal and two assists. While they have already played a handful of games this year, the Dogs know that there is no atmosphere like the Big Dipper, and coach Trevor Stewart says they look forward to playing on their home ice.
"I thought last weekend was encouraging. We played much better hockey, probably put ourselves into position to win both games. Unfortunately, we didn't, and that can be contributed to maybe some inexperience. We've dug ourselves into a hole, but it's early. You don't win any championships the first four games of the year. This is another challenge for us, playing in this atmosphere. The guys are just thrilled to be able to have that opportunity," said Stewart.