The Fairbanks Ice Dogs overcame a 0-1 deficit to beat the Minnesota Magicians 3-1 on Saturday at the Richfield Ice Arena in Richfield, Minnesota in the second game of a four-game series between the two teams.
The Ice Dogs are 2-0 in the series with the Magicians, a rematch of last year’s Midwest Division championship, in which the Ice Dogs swept the Magicians in the best-of-five series to advance to the Robertson Cup tournament.
After a four game win streak, the Ice Dogs now hold a 5-3 record and are ranked second in the Midwest Division.
Veteran players continued to carry the team offensively on Saturday. Third-year forward Jack Johnston scored the team’s first goal to tie the game with less than a minute remaining in the first period after a pass from second-year Parker Brown.
In the second period, Johnston scored a last-second goal with an assist from second-year forward Luke Ciolli. Brown found the net with 35 seconds left in the game to put score the team’s final point.
Johnston leads the team with 10 points this season and 1.25 points per game. Brown is in a two way tie for third with five points and 0.63 points per game.
Second-year Ice Dogs goalie Mattias Sholl made 23 saves in Saturday’s win.
The Ice Dogs and Magicians will play the second half of the series in Fairbanks at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
Game three, which is also the Ice Dogs home opener, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday. Game four begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
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