2018 Ice Dogs

Right wing Parker Brown prepares to skate toward the net during the Fairbanks Ice Dogs' practice Tuesday morning at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. 

Fairbanks Ice Dogs goaltenders Mattias Sholl (left) and Austin Ryman set up nets for a drill during Wednesday’s practice at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. The Ice Dogs meet the Minnesota Magicians in Fairbanks’ home-opening series at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. 

Fairbanks Ice Dogs goaltender Mattias Sholl waits with teammate Noah Wilson (22) and Janesville Jets’ Parker Lindauer (8) for a faceoff during a North American Hockey League game March 14 at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. Sholl  played for Team NAHL in the Sirius Junior Club World Cup in Sochia, …

Ice Dogs forward Tanner Edwards, right, celebrates Fairbanks's third goal of the night during the third period against Kenai River Thursday evening, March 28, 2019, at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. 

Brenden MacLaren, center, waits with two Fairbanks Ice Dogs teammates to participate in a drill during Tuesday’s practice at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. MacLaren came to Fairbanks in a recent trade with the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets, a rival of the Ice Dogs in the North American Hockey Leagu…

Fairbanks Ice Dogs goaltender Mattias Sholl clings to the puck against the goalpost while teammates and Janesville Jets players surround him during the second period of Thursday night's North American Hockey League game at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs display a limited-edition commemorative hoodie for their Military Appreciation Weekend series against the Minnesota Magicians today and Saturday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena. 

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs display a limited-edition commemorative hoodie for their Military Appreciation Weekend series against the Minnesota Magicians today and Saturday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

“He’s a hard worker and I think the players on the team rally behind him with his work ethic,’’ Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart said Wednesday at the Dipper. “He’s a smart player and he definitely makes up for his lack of size with his competitiveness, work ethic and smarts.”

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Fairbanks opened the three-game series with a 9-2 rout of the Jets on Thanksgiving night, but found the going much tougher the next two nights, winning both games by the same 2-1 score.