Ice Dogs reschedule game with Janesville February 21

Published: Feb. 15, 2023 at 8:48 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Ice Dogs were supposed to play a two game series in Wisconsin with the Janesville Jets February 3-4. The Ice Dogs fell 6-2 on Friday night, but no game was played Saturday due to complications with the ice at the Janesville Ice Arena.

“I think we got pretty fortunate from that February 4 cancellation due to ice problems in Janesville,” stated Ice Dogs general manager, Rob Proffitt. “Janesville is up to play Anchorage this weekend and Kenai the following weekend. Just the way the calendar laid, this seemed to work out the best for everyone. ”

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) plays 60 games in a regular season, and the Ice Dogs have found a way to reschedule that game next week. Rather than spending over $40,000 to get to Janesville one more time, the Jets will play the game in Fairbanks.

The Ice Dogs will travel to Soldotna to play Kenai River this weekend. Janesville will be in Anchorage playing the Wolverines. The following weekend, Janesville will be at Kenai River, and Ice Dogs general manager, Rob Proffitt, will fly the Jets between series to Fairbanks to make up the game, February 21.

Tuesday night games are rare in the NAHL, but this allows the Ice Dogs and Jets to play all 60 games in their regular season in an easy manor. This actually will be the first time in the Ice Dogs twenty-six years as a team, playing a Tuesday night home game.

“We’ll be doing the same thing,” mentioned Proffitt. “We’re going to have fun. We’re going to have a bunch of giveaways. It’s going to be a great night... Concessions will be rolling with beverages of choice, and it’ll be another great night at the ‘Dip.”

The Ice Dogs will still be at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. Puck drop next Tuesday will be slightly earlier than normal at 7:00 p.m.