Ice Dogs overwhelmed in first home-game of season

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The ninth game of the season was the Ice Dog's first game home, and the Janesville Jets made their way up to Fairbanks for such an occasion. Though it came down to the last period to take the head last night, Janesville took the game with 4-2; concluding the first in a series of two match ups.
Attendance was packed from wall to wall, literally housing the Big Dipper's max capacity, but the energy Fairbanks brought could've filled a stadium.
The first saw no pucks-to-net the whole of the period.
The second however was a different story. Justin Engelkes of the Jets landed a point at 2 minutes and 46 seconds of game-time. Followed shortly after came Jack Vincent of the Jets with 1 point at 3 minutes and 20 seconds.
That was the moment our Ice Dog's made their move. John Stampohar with the help of Jonathan Sorenson came in at 11 minutes and 41 seconds with a game-point, with Parker Brown just 8 minutes out landing one in net to conclude the second period.
Unfortunately the Dog's valiant push-back wasn't enough to keep the Jets down as the third only saw points made by them.
Compared to Janesville's 17 shots taken, the Dog's made 29; 12 in the first, 7 in the second and 10 in the third.
Stampohar and Brown led the Dog's in scoring with a puck in net each. Sorenson led in assists, lending his efforts to both points, with Noah Wilson carrying out 1.
George McBey was our champion of defense with13 saves in total and a game-time of 58 minutes.
We spoke to Trevor Stewart, the Ice Dog's head coach and John Stampohar, the Dog's defenseman, to see how they were feeling after such an anticipated game.
"Well, I thought we played them for a majority of the game. Pucks ain't going in for us; pucks going in for them. About when it became a little adverse is when we started doing things as individuals, I'd thought that became evident on the bench. I don't know I think we're a better hockey team than our record indicates right now. But at the end of the day it's about results and we're not getting results," said Stewart.
"I think the most important thing we do- we don't let anybody out, kinda bring everybody together. Another big thing is our group practices. We kind of focus on competing with one another and kind of 'battling' through it with each other and at the end of the day, everybody knows that it's just a game and we're a big family at the end of it," said Stampohar.