FAIRBANKS —The Fairbanks Ice Dogs struck back with a vengeance Saturday night in the second game of the 16-game ERA Alaska Cup series with the Kenai River Brown Bears.
After losing the series opener 3-2 Friday night, the Ice Dogs came out and delivered a 5-2 North American Hockey League victory in front of sellout crowd at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
The Ice Dogs outshot the Brown Bears 43-21 on the night, including a 15-2 margin in the first period.
With the win, Fairbanks improved to 14-6-0 in the NAHL West Division and pulled the Ice Dogs to within one point of the division-leading Wenatchee Wild (14-3-1). Wenatchee was idle this weekend.
The Brown Bears remain in third place with a 9-8-3 record.
Fairbanks won’t play its next home games until Dec. 14-15 when the Brown Bears return to the Big Dipper.
In between, the Ice Dogs will play at the Corpus Christi Ice Rays on Nov.. 16-17, at the Wichita Falls Wildcats on Nov. 23-24 and at Kenai River on Nov. 30-Dec. 1.
Saturday night, the Ice Dogs dominated the first period by outshooting the Brown Bears 15-2, but only managed to grab a 1-0 lead.
Patrick Newell put Fairbanks ahead for good when he found the back of the net at the 11:18 mark with assists going to Garret Clemment and Kyle Lee. Clemment finished the evening with a goal and two assists, while Lee had two helpers on the night.
The two teams accounted for the three goals in the first three minutes of the second period, giving the Ice Dogs 3-1 lead.
Ben Campbell made it 2-0 off an assist from Clemment just 35 seconds into the period.
Kenai River’s Alex Jackstadt responded with a goal at the 1:52 mark with an assists going to Chris Nuth.
The Ice Dogs came right back with a Colton Wolter power-play goal at 2:48 with an assist from Jayson Angus.
The Ice Dogs made it 4-1 at the 19:22 mark of the second period when Zack Rall scored off a feed from Duggie Lagrone.
Kenai River tried to make a game of it when Ryan Walker scored at 9:46 of the third period off an assist from Carson Vance, but Ice Dogs goalie Kevin Aldridge slammed the door and Clemment put the final nail in the Brown Bears coffin with a goal at 16:22 with an assist from Lee.
Aldridge sopped 19 of the 21 shots that came his way to earn the victory in goal for the Ice Dogs.
Kenai River goalie Gustaf Johansson recorded 38 saves on the night.
Kenai River went 0 for 2 on the power play and the Ice Dogs were 1 for 5.