Ice Dogs break the streak at home
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The first period of Saturday nights game would start like Friday nights, with the Jets taking a three goal lead heading into the second period. After some changes between the first and second period, the Ice Dogs would see a bit of puck luck float their way.
Kyle Rohrer tossed one towards the Jets goalie, and after a swing and a miss, it hit the back of the net, pulling the Jets back within two.
Less than 30-seconds later, Rohrer found Reece Cordray, who buried the one timer to bring the Ice Dogs within one.
The Jets answered quickly to bring the score back to four to two for the two goal lead.
The score stayed there until late in the third, when the Ice Dogs went on the attack, as Caden Pendo passed to Jack Cameron, who roofed its short side to bring the Jets lead down to one.
Just under a minute later, Gage Leonard brought on a hard forecheck and found the puck on his stick, sending it home to tie the game up at four with 6:35 left in the game.
With momentum on their side, Jack Thomas ripped a beautiful shot pass to Cordray, who tipped the game winning goal in for his second of the game.
Final minute of play, and Ice Dogs were killing off a penalty as Cordray found the puck on his stick and finished off his first hat trick and the game to give the Ice Dogs a six to four win, breaking the five game losing streak at home.
Coach Theros spoke about the difference between the first period and the rest of the game. “Yeah, and I think you know, we made a couple adjustments after the first period on kind of shutting down what they were successful with, and the guys bought into it and listened, and they were determined tonight.”
He added on, “It was something that they’ve all been waiting for, and then once they started to get that feeling that we got this, they just stayed positive on the bench and everyone’s kind of picking each other up, and that’s what a good team does. You know, I mean this is just a start, we have a lot of work to do...”
The change in the game came from Rohrer and Cordray, with a combined 4 goals and three assists on the night.
The hat trick hero talked about the two’s chemistry, “Yeah, so me and Kyle have known each other for a while. So it’s nice to kind of get our chemistry back playing together, and it was just a great place for my teammates. You know, it was good to get the win,” said Reece Cordray, Ice Dogs Forward.
The Ice Dogs were in another battle the past Saturday for the last game of their home stand, before they head south to start the Club 49 Cup with back to back series in Kenai and Anchorage for the first half of November.
It would be a quiet first period goal wise, but there would be over twenty shots on net between the two teams.
Both teams would score in the second, with Rohrer grabbing his fourth of the season to tie it up.
The third period would go to the Ice Dogs, with Cordray grabbing his sixth on the season, and Nolan Abraham snagging two goals for his second and third on the season.
Kyle Abrahamson would be great in net, saving 25 of the 27 shots he saw on the night for his second win on the season.
It was a great weekend for the rookies, as Cordray took over the points lead for the Ice Dogs with four goals and an assist, and also Rohrer, who is tied for second after grabbing 2 goals and 3 assists.
The team needs to keep up the production as they head to Kenai, who is sitting mid pack at 8-8-1, and then the next weekend they head to Anchorage, who sits in second at 8-5-2
HIGHLIGHTED STATS FOR THE JETS SERIES
Kyle Rohrer 3 G, 3 A, 6 PTS
Reece Cordray 4 G, 1 A, 5 PTS
Nolan Abraham 2 G, 2 A, 4 PTS
Ian Norkevicus 1 G, 3 A, 4 PTS
Cole Burke 3 A, 3 PTS
Will Brown 3 A, 3 PTS
Kyle Abrahamson 71:53 min, 28/32, .875 SV % 1 W
Tyler Krivtsov 105:03 min, 33/43, .767 SV % 1 W
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