The Fairbanks Ice Dogs defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 3-2 in the deciding game five of the West Division playoffs at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks.
Game Five: Brown Bears 2 – Ice Dogs
Trailing 2-0 into the third period of game five of the best-of-five series, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs scored three, third period goals for a 3-2 victory over the Brown Bears. The Ice Dogs now advance to play the Wenachee Wild in the West Division conference championship.
The Brown Bears scored a first period goal by Albin Karlsson and a second period goal by Zack Zulkanycz for a 2-0 lead after two periods of hockey. The Ice Dogs dominated the third period, scoring the game-winner with only 1:03 remaining in the contest.
Fairbanks wins the series three games to two, the teams splitting home games leading to the game five finale.
Game Four: Brown Bears 5 – Ice Dogs 6 OT
An overtime, game-winning goal by the Fairbanks Ice Dogs ended an exciting, back-and-forth hockey game with the Ice Dogs winning 6-5.
Fairbanks and Kenai River are tied at two games apiece in the best-of-five, first round series in the West Division of the NAHL.
The final game of the series moves to Fairbanks on Monday night. Game time scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Game Summary: The Brown Bears allowed three goals in the first period and trailed 3-0 at the first intermission break. The Brown Bears scored early in the second period, only to allow an Ice Dog goal and the score stood at 4-1 Fairbanks with 10 minutes remaining in the second period. Kenai river’s first goal scored by Zac Lazzarro. The Brown Bears added four, unanswered goals in the next 30 minutes to take a lead at 5-4 with lest than two minutes remaining in the contest. Brown Bear goals by Brad Duwe, Bushinski, Duwe and Lazzaro.
Fairbanks tied the game at 18:44, and the game ended 5-5 and moved into a sudden-death overtime.
The Ice Dogs ended the game just 4:00 into the overtime. Final Score: 6-5 Fairbanks.
Game Two: Brown Bears 2 – Ice Dogs 1
With their first playoff game victory in 14 attempts over the history of the team, the Kenai River Brown Bears downed the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 2-1 in game two of the West Division playoffs.
Kenai River tied the series at 1-1 on Saturday; the game-winning goal in the third period off the stick of Alex Jackstadt.
Game One: Ice Dogs 3, Brown Bears 1
The Kenai River Brown Bears opened the first round of playoffs in the West Division of the North American Hockey League on Friday, falling to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-1 at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks.
After a scoreless first period, Fairbanks scored a pair of second-period goals and lead 2-0 into the final period. Kenai River scored on a Brad LeLievre goal to draw to within a goal; only to allow a final, empty net goal to the Ice Dogs.