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Ice Dogs, Brown Bears amplify in-state rivalry with Alaska Airlines Cup

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 9:27 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs host the Kenai River Brown Bears this weekend for a two-game series, and there is more on the line this weekend than bragging rights and points in the standings.

The Alaska Airlines Cup is now the prized possession to strive for, as the two organizations will battle in their last four games of the regular season to see who will hoist the trophy for the first time.

“I think this Alaska Airlines Cup is just another great twist to it,” Ice Dogs General Manager Rob Proffitt said about the rivalry. “Most importantly, I think it sets a precedence and builds a platform leaping into next year with the Wolverines coming into Anchorage and having three cities battling for something. There are a lot of implications on the line this weekend.”

Games one and two are schedule for Friday and Saturday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena, while the series - and regular season - will close May 14-15 in Soldotna.

Also on tap this weekend...beer, as concessions will be open this weekend after the Fairbanks North Star Borough - the owners and operators of the Big Dipper - closed them last weekend.

As always, there will be more to the night than just the action on the ice.

“We are going to auction off our home jerseys, we have about a dozen or so people, billet families from Marshall, Minnesota, that hosted some of the kids, so we are excited to see them.”

The Ice Dogs and Brown Bears open the inaugural Alaska Airlines Cup series Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Big Dipper.

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