FAIRBANKS — Two red-hot North American Hockey League teams collide Friday and Saturday night at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs host the Springfield Jr. Blues and both teams enter the series with four-game winning streaks on the line, so something has to give when the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
“They’re a good team and we’re looking forward to some highly competitive games,” Ice Dogs general manager Rob Proffitt said after nearly 400 people turned out for Wednesday night’s Alaska USA Skate with the Ice Dogs at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
On top of the winning streaks being on the line, Springfield will be making its first appearance in the Big Dipper.
“That should make it all the more fun,” Proffitt said.
Blue Moose Rafting will sponsor Friday night’s game and Miguel’s Restaurant sponsors Saturday night’s contest. There will be special prizes given away each night to go along with all the other hoopla at the Ice Dogs’ games.
A postgame meet-and-greet will be held at Miguel’s following Saturday night’s game.
Springfield’s four-game winning streak has come at the hands of the Port Huron Fighting Falcons and the Kenai River Brown Bears.
The Jr. Blues beat Port Huron 4-0 and 4-3 on Jan. 4-5, then swept a two-game series at Kenai River last weekend by 2-1 and 4-3 scores.
The winning streak has boosted the Jr. Blues to
17-21-2. Springfield is in sixth place in the tough eight-team Central Division.
The Ice Dogs are 25-10-1 on the year and in second place in the NAHL West Division, four points behind the Wenatchee Wild.
The Ice Dogs’ winning streak started with a 3-2 shootout win at Wenatchee on Jan. 5. The Ice Dogs came back to win 5-2 the next night, then skated to 4-0 and 3-1 wins against the Janesville Jets last weekend at the Big Dipper.