Ice Dogs remain on top after defeat to Wilderness

Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 7:18 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Before the end of 2021, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs started a series against the Minnesota Wilderness.

The series took place in Cloquet, Minnesota at the Northwood Credit Union Arena as the two teams faced off for the second time this season.

In game one it was rookie Alexander Kulmanovsky who scored the first goal of the game, as well as the first goal of his career. His goal was followed by teammate Noah Griswald minutes later. The first period ended with Fairbanks gaining a two point lead.

In the second period no goals were scored but there were plenty of penalties Love Bergvall, Noah Griswald and McCabe Dvorak all served time in the sin bin, along with two players from the Wilderness. However, in the third, the Wilderness finally found the net putting up one point before game end.

The first night found the score 2-1 in favor of Fairbanks when the clock ran out.

The second night saw the Ice Dogs double their score however the battle proved more difficult.

Alexander Malinowski scored early in the first, while new-comer Parker Dorn (acquired December 3rd) scored shortly after Malinowski. This was Dorn’s first NAHL goal. Minnesota answered back late in the first while Malinowski closed out the period with another goal as fifteen seconds remained on the clock.

in the second period the Wilderness added three goals back to back, until Marcus Lund found the net with three minutes remaining. By this time the score sat 4-4 closing the second period.

When the returned, both teams served penalty time but it was only the Wilderness scoring a goal. this ended the game 5-4 in favor of Minnesota. This also ended the Ice Dogs 9 game winning streak.

Despite the loss, the Ice Dogs remain at the top of the NAHL sitting two points above the second seat, New Jersey Titans.

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