FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Last night the Fairbanks Ice Dogs returned home for the first time in about a month and it was a victorious homecoming.
The Dogs defeated the Minnesota Magicians, earning a 2-1 comeback victory.
Minnesota got on the board first thanks to a goal from Konner Lundeen in the first period.
That would end up being their only goal of the night as the Ice Dogs began their rally.
John Stampohar sniped one in about 14 minutes into the second period to tie it back up.
They then finished the Magicians off with a third period goal from Tanner Edwards, sealing the deal a minute and a half into the final frame.
Jonny Sorenson and Jax Murray assisted Stampohar's goal while Noah Wilson and Andrew Garby provided the helpers for Edwards. Goaltender Mattias Sholl earned the win between the pipes, finishing with 31 saves in 60 minutes.
This win was big for the Dogs, who have now guarenteed themselves a spot in the NAHL Playoffs, they also forced a tie once again for the top spot in the Midwest Division.
They share the top spot with Minnesota who both have 64 points towards division standings.
We talked to Stampohar and Edwards about last night's big win after the game.
"It feels great, especially since we know those guys are the top in our division. We knew coming into this game it was pretty big. Military night, we've been doing that for a couple of years now. It was pretty big tonight. We know they're going to be coming ready to go tomorrow. We've seen them do that before so. It's just all about getting in fluids right now and getting a bunch of rest," said Stampohar.
"Everyone is really pumped. That first place spot is really important going into the playoffs. If we play every game like we played tonight we can go really far into the playoffs. And it really puts us in a good position," said Edwards.