Ice Dogs Series with Mudbugs Ends with a Split

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs started their two game series with the Shreveport Mudbugs with a win.
The Ice Dogs used three goals in the second period to wipe away their early deficit, to win four to two.
In the first period, the Mudbugs used two goals in the matter of 23 seconds to put themselves in the driver seat.
It started with Brendan Gysbers hitting his first goal of the year, with Kieran Durgan and Gueorgui Feduolov getting the assist.
Then Jake Transit gave the Mudbugs the two-Oh lead off of the passes from Jordan Fader and Ryan Burnett.
The Ice Dogs needed to buckle down and fight back, and that started with Luke Orysiuk hitting his first goal of the year on a power play, off of assists from Caleb Hite and Hunter Wendt.
Six minutes later it was Jack Johnson getting his first goal, with Jake Borgida and Jake Willets helping with the assist to help tie the game.
Then Erkka Vanska scored on a power play with the help of Robert Blueger and Kyle Mayhew.
Then for the third period the Mudbugs kept firing at Josh Benson, but the goalie was locked in along with the defense to keep them out.
Caleb Hite for the Ice Dogs finally put the game away with a goal late in the period, while getting an assist from Samuel Ruffin and Hunter Wendt.
In the second match, the Ice Dogs started off slow once again, with the Mudbugs taking a 2-0 lead into the 3rd period.
The Mudbugs scored off Kieran Durgan and Gueorgui Fedoulov's goals.
However, their lead was cut short by Tanner Schachle's third period goal on the assist of Erkka Vanska and Robert Blueger.
The Ice Dogs lost two to one, even though they out shot the Mudbugs 28 to 17.
The Ice Dogs are now eight-four- and two with 18 points, and they now prepare for their weekend series against the Kenai River Brown Bears for a Midwest Division match-up.