Ice Dogs playoff preview against the Minnesota Wilderness

Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 7:11 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs are the 2021-22 regular season Midwest Division champions.

As the playoffs begin this weekend, the Ice Dogs look to take on the Minnesota Wilderness in their first series. The two teams will play in a best of five series fight for a chance to keep their season alive chasing after the Robertson Cup. The upcoming series will have a flexible format consisting of two games here at home to start. If the Ice Dogs take two W’s they will hop on a plane and head to Cloquet, Minnesota where they will finish the series. But, if the Wilderness wins one game at the Big Dipper Friday or Saturday, there will be an additional game held on Sunday. A team will not travel twice in one series.

Having had the last week off, the Ice Dogs have a handful of much needed rest and recovery to boost them in the upcoming games this weekend. Whether or not that translates into a win both nights is yet to be determined. This will be the first game the Wilderness will be playing here in Fairbanks for the 2021-2022 season which means that there are many unknowns that lie ahead regarding their performance in the Big Dipper. Between the two teams in the regular season, Fairbanks holds the 3-2-0 series advantage.

On the note of the division champion title, general manager Rob Proffitt said, “You can never go wrong hanging another banner in the ‘Dip.” While the victory is not absent of recognition to the team, head coach Dave Allison says that the boys have one thing on their mind, “right now, that’s Friday night’s game one against the Minnesota Wilderness.”

The games on Friday and Saturday start at 7:30 p.m. and if they have to play a third game (in Fairbanks) on Sunday, it will start at 5:00 p.m. All games will be played at the Big Dipper.

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