FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks Ice Dogs spotted the Springfield Jr. Blues a two-goal lead in the first period Friday night, then came roaring back to claim a
3-2 victory in North American Hockey League action in Illinois.
Parker Johnson and Brett Skibba scored goals 73 seconds apart in the first period for the Jr. Blues, then Fairbanks goalie Kevin Aldridge settled down and made several clutch saves to give the Ice Dogs a chance to get back in the game.
“This is a slow-starting group at times, but I’ve got to give them credit for finding a way to win,” Ice Dogs coach Trevor Stewart said after his team improved to 5-2 on the season. “We got better as the game went on.”
Brett Gervais got the Ice Dogs on the scoreboard in the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1. Doug Rose and Chandler Madry had assists on the play at the 2:14 mark.
Fairbanks pulled even early in the second period when Logan Wendling scored a power-play goal off assists from Jakob Romo and Nick Hinz.
Kyle Lee netted the game-winner with about 12 minutes remaining with assists going to Devin Loe and Jayson Angus.
The Ice Dogs played the Junior Blues again Saturday night, then return to Fairbanks for their home opener against the Wenatchee Wild at 8:15 p.m. Friday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.