Fairbanks Ice Dogs split series with Bismarck

Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 6:45 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs were on the road over the weekend for a two-match series against the Bismarck Bobcats. The Ice Dogs played in a tight opening match that led to a shootout victory, however the second match resulted in Bismarck dominating in a 5-1 victory.

Game 1 Recap

The Ice Dogs had to sweat out a tough match against the Bobcats as they headed into overtime. After Fairbanks dropped three straight goals from Austin Becker, Ty Naaykens and Brendan Murphy, Bismarck made their moves to tie it up with less than three minutes left in the third period.

After facing four shots in the overtime frame, goaltender Ryan Keyes stepped up in the shootout, denying George Grannis to secure the victory. This came after both Tyler Herzberg and Mason Plante both lit the lamp in the thrilling match-up. On the night Keyes had 35 saves facing 38 shots.

“We controlled overtime for the most part,” said Coach Stewart. “Then our guys had confidence in the shootout and they made some plays and Keyes made some saves and came up with the win so I was pretty pleased with that.”

Game 2 Recap

The Ice Dogs problems in the second period rose up again as the Bobcats scored a 5-1 victory. The Ice Dogs were outshot 22-14 through two periods and the Bobcats scored three goals in the second. Fairbanks finally got on the board in the third period with Barak Braslavski scoring his first goal of the season. However, Coach Stewart saw his squad improve in the third as they fired off 14 shots in the final frame.

“I really liked how our guys showed some fight back in the third period and how we competed,” said Coach Stewart. “Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come for us.”

The Ice Dogs (5-6-0-0) now prepare for their home away from home debut in Marshall, Minnesota on Thursday against the Austin Bruins (4-5-2-1) at 7:00 P.M. Central Time.

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