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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 11:44 pm

FAIRBANKS—There’s no rest for the weary as the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the Fresno Monsters lock horns in a three-game North American Hockey League series starting Thursday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Both teams played three-game series last weekend and as the Monsters went 1-2 against the Kenai River Brown Bears in Soldotna and the Ice Dogs captured two out of three games against the Wenatchee Wild at the Dipper.

“They’re coming in here at the end of a long road trip and I’m sure they want to steal some points from us,” Ice Dogs general manager Rob Proffitt said Tuesday evening.

The series opens at 7 p.m. Thursday and continues with 7:30 p.m. contests on Friday and Saturday.

The Ice Dogs are in second place in the four-team West Division with an 8-3-0 record. Fresno is fourth at 5-5-1.

“I think we have the strongest division, top to bottom, in the league this year, so there’s no easy games when we’re playing Fresno, Kenai and Wenatchee,” Proffitt said.

Fresno and Fairbanks are starting to develop quite a rivalry, Proffitt.

“I’m sure the intensity level will be as high as it was against Wenatchee,” Proffitt said. “The last couple of years we’ve really had to battle with Fresno and I’m sure they want to come in here and steal a couple of points.”

The Ice Dogs will begin qualifying for the Coors Light four-wheeler as well as giving away cash during each game, Proffitt.

The Ice Dogs also will host their first postgame reception where fans can mingle with players at Tubby’s Barbecue in the Regency Hotel following Saturday night’s game.

“I’m looking forward to another great series,” Proffitt said.

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.

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