Kenai River wins classic against Fairbanks Ice Dogs in a shootout

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Big Dipper Ice Arena witnessed a classic last night between the Alaskan teams in the NAHL.
The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 6-5 in a shootout. ​
Kenai River drew first blood with an unassisted goal by Trey LaBarge only 12 seconds into the game. ​
The Ice Dogs responded very strongly with three goals before the end of the first period, and then added one more in the beginning of the second to give themselves a 4-1 lead. ​
That's when the comeback effort began for the Brown Bears. ​
They outscored the Ice Dogs 3-1 in the remainder of the middle frame, and then tied it up at five goals each 6 minutes into the third period. ​
This forced overtime, where both teams were scoreless, leading us into a shootout. ​
Both teams were turned away in the first round, and scored in the second, but in that third and final round of the shootout, Trey LaBarge lit the lamp to give Kenai River a rare win over their Northern foes. ​
Matt Koethe led the Ice Dogs in scoring with two goals and an assist, while Tyler Deweese, Trenton Woods, and the Lake Show Laker Aldridge were all able to tickle the twine once. Woods also finished with an assist in regulation and was the only Ice Dog to score in the shootout. ​
Jonny Sorenson led the Ice Dogs in assists with two, while the additional helpers were provided by Ty Proffitt, Brenden MacLaren, Luke Mobley, Parker Brown, and Noah Wilson. ​
Despite the loss, the Ice Dogs still got one point towards divisional standings, bringing their record to 36-16-3-4 overall this year. They are also now 8-3 against the Brown Bears. We talked to head coach Trevor Stewart post-game about this rollercoaster of a game.
​"We made some plays early. I thought our offensive mindset kind of shot us in the foot a little bit. Gave them some opportunities that I really don't expect our team to give up. It's kind of a weird feeling right now. We just clinched our division after a loss, so it's kind of like, 'How are we supposed to feel?' But, for the most part, pretty happy about the way the group has been battling the last two and a half months and just looking forward to tomorrow night's game," said Stewart.
That one divisional point from the Shootout was all that the Ice Dogs needed to officially clinch the Midwest Division Title for the regular season. This marks the second consecutive division title and their fourth in five years. They will wrap up their regular season tonight with game 12 of their rivalry series against Kenai River.