FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Fairbanks Ice Dogs were swept over the weekend against their in-state rivals in the Kenai River Brown Bears who have won 10 straight games. In all three games, the Ice Dogs were down by three goals in each of the matches. This drops the Ice Dogs to 14-8-0-2 with 30 points, and they are sitting at second in the Midwest Division.
Kenai River Brown Bears won 5-3 over the Ice Dogs, as Fairbanks gave up two goals in the first and third periods. Both Oliver Kjaer and Luke Ciolli scored power play goals, while Tyler Deweese knocked in one with eight seconds left on the clock. The Ice Dogs lost despite outshooting Kenai on the night.
Kenai then won 6-4 over Fairbanks, getting five goals by the end of the second period. Trenton Woods scored in the first, while Oliver Kjaer scored in the second. In the third, Parker Brown and Matt Koethe found the back of the net as well.
Once again the Ice Dogs were down a hole as they lost to the Brown Bears 4-3 in a shootout. Kenai was up 3-0 before Laker Aldridge scored a pair of goals in the second period to cut the deficit to one. Adam Eisele scored early in the third to tie it up. With no goals overtime, the two bitter rivals went at it in a shootout. Kenai scored one and kept the Ice Dogs out to close out the series sweep.
The Ice Dogs return home this week for a three-game series against the Janesville Jets at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. Game 1 is set to start at 7 P.M. on Thursday for some Thanksgiving junior hockey action.