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Fairbanks Ice Dogs drop opening games of regular season

Published: Nov. 9, 2020 at 7:02 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs are off to an 0-2 start to their 2020-21 season after getting swept by the Janesville Jets. The Ice Dogs were outscored by 14-7 through the first two contests, after falling 6-4 and 8-3 to the Jets in Wisconsin.

“Obviously, it was disappointing with the results,” said Head Coach Trevor Stewart. “I mean we’re pretty under-trained right now compared to our opponents.”

The last time Fairbanks had started their season with opening losses was back in 2016 which was also against the Jets. The Ice Dogs have replaced key positions on the roster with rookies and former bench players. Through two games, the goaltenders of Austin Ryman and Ryan Keyes have posted a save percentage of 75.8%, saving only 72 of 95 shots they have faced.

“We only had a handful of practices,” said Coach Stewart. “We figured that things would start off a little slow for us and hopefully we got it out of the way and show improvement.”

Six of the seven goals that Fairbanks scored over the series came from newcomers, with Tyler Stewart, Cam Ricotta, Owen Neuharth, Jake Hale, Tyler Herzberg and Brendan Miles each scoring their first goal with the Ice Dogs.

“We’re happy with what we saw at least out of our newcomers and what we feel in what they can bring to this team in the future.” said Coach Stewart.

Ice Dogs (0-2) now prepare for their next series on Friday when they face the Aberdeen Wings (6-0) starting at 7:15 P.M. CST.

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