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For the fourth time in eight games this season, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs needed an extra period of play on Saturday night. For the second time this season, that wasn’t enough either as they went to a shootout.

Unlike the first time, though, the Dogs came out victorious in this one.

Fairbanks got out to a big lead, had to fend off a vicious Janesville comeback attempt, and edged out their division rivals during the shootout for a 4-3 victory on the road against the Jets Saturday evening. The Dogs are now 5-2-0-1 on the season.

The 2021 version of the Ice Dogs sure no how to keep things interesting. As mentioned, half their games have needed extra time this year. Thankfully for Ice Dog nation, however, they know how to pull out the thrilling victories as they’re 3-1 in those games now.

It sure didn’t look like they’d need more time to start this one.

Although the Jets got out to a 1-0 lead after a goal by Jake Sacratini at the 13:08 mark of the first period, that lead didn’t last long. Love Bergvall scored on the power play for the Ice Dogs thanks to an assist from Brendan Miles and Jake Hale three minutes later to tie it up.

The Dogs were in,nd in the second period as Tyler Stewart gave them the lead on a goal at the 14:17 mark on an assist from Sam Berry and Owen Neuharth. 24 seconds later, Cameron Ricotta made it a two goal advantage thanks to an assist from Nick Ostbloom and Alexander Kulmanovsy.

The third period belonged to the Jets, however, as William Gustavsson scored unassisted a minute in and Robby Newton added another goal three and a half minutes later. The Dogs defense settled in from there and held the Jets off the board the rest of the way, forcing an extra period.

One more period wasn’t enough, however, and the game went to shootouts where the Dogs prevailed.

Fairbanks outshot the Jets 37-19 on the game and Tyler Krivtsov got the win in the net with 16 saves. The next Ice Dogs game is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. as they make their home debut this season against the Kenai River Brown Bears at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 907-459-7530.

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