FAIRBANKS—ce Arena headed home happy.
That wasn’t the case Friday night as Fairbanks scored the final three goals of the game, but came up a goal short in suffering a 6-5 loss to the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
Two third-period goals by Jayson Angus and one by Patrick Newell weren’t enough for the Ice Dogs to overcome the 6-2 advantage the Wildcats built early in the third period.
The Ice Dogs also got two goals from Devin Loe — one in the first period and one in the second.
It was the second straight home loss for the Ice Dogs, who are now 12-5-0 on the season. Fairbanks fell three points behind the West Division leading Wichita Wild, who posted a 1-0 win against the Bismarck Bobcats Friday night in Wenatchee
Fairbanks hopes to gain some revenge against Wichita Falls (6-10-2) when the two teams wrap up their weekend series at 7:30 tonight at the Big Dipper.
Sami Salminen scored a pair of goals for the Wildcats, while Ryan Dau, Rudy Junda, Kyle Bauman and Charles Hemstrom each scored once.
Wichita Falls never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 2-1 lead in the first period, before eventually stretching the lead to 6-2 in the third when Salminen scored his second goal of the game at the 3:54 mark and Hemstrom tallied 15 seconds later.
Angus started the Ice Dogs rally with his first goal at the 5:55 mark of the third period with an assist from Logan Wendling.
Newell pulled Fairbanks to within two goals as he netted a power-play tally at 10:58 with assists from Chandler Madry and Duggie Lagrone.
Angus’ second goal of the came at the 17:53 mark and pulled the Ice Dogs to within a goal. His power-play score was assisted by Zack Rall and Jacob Hetz. Rall had two assists on the night.
The Ice Dogs pulled goaltender Steve Perry with a minute left in the game, but couldn’t get the tying goal past Wichita Falls netminder Cooper Cook, who finished with 36 saves.
Perry stopped 23 shots for the Ice Dogs.
Fairbanks went 2 for 5 on the power play, while Wichita Falls was 1 for 5.
Colton Wolter, Doug Rose and Angus also had assists for Fairbanks.
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