KTVF Sports on the road to the Governor's Cup Finale

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - I'm heading down to Anchorage to bring you full coverage of the biggest rivalry in the state let's take an extended look right now.​
The Nanooks will close out the regular season against their biggest rivals, the UAA Seawolves. This will not only bring an end to the season, but will also serve as games three and four of the Governor's Cup Series.​
The Gov Cup standings are currently tied at one game each, meaning that the Nooks will have to sweep the weekend series in order to outright secure the cup. ​
If they split this weekend then there will be a shootout to decide where the cup will go.​
The Nanooks have won the past nine Cups and will look to secure the 10th this weekend. ​
When it comes to playoff implications there isn't much here. ​
The Nooks essentially have seventh place in the WCHA locked up with 34 conference points, nine in front of the eighth place Alabama Huntsville Chargers, meaning they will likely play either Bowling Green or Northern Michigan in the first round. ​
UAA on the other hand really doesn't have a shot at the playoffs. ​
They are last in the conference with 11 points, meaning they will be looking to play spoiler this weekend, and look to hold the Governor's Cup for the first time since 2009. ​
The Alaska Nanooks aren't are only hockey team in competition this weekend. ​
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs will also be in action on the road they will be down in the Lower 48. ​
The Ice Dogs will continue their NAHL Midwest Division road trip in Springfield Illinois. ​
The Dogs have been on a bit of a roll recently, and have won five out of their past six games. ​
Last weekend the Dogs split against the Janesville Jets, falling 5-4 on Friday Night before earning a 2-0 shutout on Saturday.​
The Dogs are still in second place in the NAHL Midwest Division. They are 27-14-3-3 overall and have 60 points. ​
They are stuck behind Minnesota, who are 30-15-2 overall and are two points ahead of the Dogs. Springfield is fourth in the Midwest with a 25-19-3-1 record and 54 conference points. ​
Last time these two teams shared the Ice, they split a series with the Dogs dominating 8-1 in the opener, before falling 4-3 in the finale. ​
Now with the Alaska Nanooks entering the playoffs and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs hitting the home stretch of their season it's time to start looking ahead to our Spring and Summer sports especially the Alaska Goldpanners who just announced their schedule for the 2019 season. ​
The Goldpanners will start their season with a two game series in Washington State to take on the Northwest Honkers on June 7th and 8th. ​
They will play their first home game against the Fairbanks All-Stars on the 11th, before hosting a seven game series against the San Diego Waves from June 12th to the 18th. ​
After that, they will host the Seattle Studs for four games, including the Main Event of summer sports in the Interior, the Midnight Sun Game. ​
That will take place on June 21st, with first pitch scheduled for 10pm. ​
Tournaments in British Columbia will be next on the docket, the Grand Forks tourney from June 26th to July 1st, and the Kamloops tourney from July 4th to the 7th. ​
They will then close the season with three multi-game series against the South Bay Saints, Bercovich 35, and the San Francisco Seals. ​
The Goldpanners will be operating as an independent summer league team again this year, separate from the ABL. ​
Manager Miles Kizer will be returning for the second consecutive season after leading the team to a 27-12-1 record last year.​