Ice Dogs dominate Division finals opener

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs couldn't ask for a better start to the Midwest Division Finals last night.
They kicked off this best of five series with a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Magicians. ​
After a scoreless first period from both teams, the Ice Dogs got on the board first, 3 minutes into that middle frame. ​
Minnesota tied it back up about two minutes later, but that was the last time they would find the back of the net. ​
The Ice Dogs finished off the magic men with four unanswered goals, three in the second period and one more in the third. ​
Jonny Sorenson led the Ice Dogs in scoring with two goals, while Jack Johnston, Ty Proffitt, and Tyler Deweese netted the other three. ​
Jax Murray and Parker Brown both finished with two assists to share the team lead in that category while Dewesse, Proffitt, Matt Koethe, Luke Ciolli, and Noah Wilson all finished with one. ​
Goaltender Mattias Sholl secured his 12th consecutive win in-between the pipes. ​
He stopped 26 out of the 27 shots fired his way. ​
This puts the Ice Dogs up one game to none in the Midwest Division Finals. ​
They will look to gain a two game advantage tonight at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. ​
We caught up with Proffitt and Sholl after the series opening win.
"That's been kind of the story every night. My D has been playing well in front of me and they're allowing me to make the saves I have to. As long as we keep doing that we're going to be in really good shape. We're extremely excited, it's the first of three wins hopefully. We know we have to stay level-headed and always be ready for the next game," said Sholl.
​"All of our lines are really clicking right now, from the first to the fourth, we don't really have anything going wrong for us right now and we have to continue that by going hard every shift. We're pretty excited but it's a five game series so you've got to come back and be ready to go tomorrow night," said Proffitt.
If the Ice Dogs win tonight then the series will be put on hold until next week. If Minnesota wins then we will get a Sunday night game at the Big Dipper.