FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) The Fairbanks Ice Dogs grabbed a series sweep over the weekend against the Janesville Jets. This was important for the Ice Dogs after they were swept the week prior by the Kenai River Brown Bears.
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs sweep the Janesville Jets. (Aaron Walling, KTVF) (December 2, 2019)
"It was huge, we were pretty down after last week especially against Kenai our in-state rivals,” said Ice Dogs’ Head Coach Trevor Stewart after getting the sweep over Janesville. “We responded well, we played for 180 minutes, and found a way to win three games so we're pretty pleased as a staff right now."
Luke Ciolli scored in the opening period, but the Jets answered back to tie it up in the second. Matt Koethe then got the go-ahead goal midway through the second to help the Ice Dogs get the sweep.
The Ice Dogs received some needed performances from new players as they deal with the injury bug.
“That was huge, especially that first night when they were able to get some confidence and get on the score sheet,” said Head Coach Stewart about players stepping up. “We had a couple guys that popped in their first goal and Brendan Murphy is playing forward right now and found a way to tie it up. We’re going through some adversity right now so it was great to see the guys battle through it.”
Players like Brendan Murphy got two goals and two assists in the three game series to help the Ice Dogs improve to 17-8-0-2 with 36 points and are second in the Midwest Division.
They are behind Kenai by one point, as they take on the Minnesota Magicians for a two-game series starting on Friday 7:30 P.M. at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.