One day after beginning their season with a shootout loss, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs put on an explosively convincing performance on Saturday.
The Dogs scored six goals in the second period and outshot their opponent 44-21 on the way to a dominant 8-3 victory over the Minnesota Magicians for their first win of the season. The Dogs are now 1-1 and have concluded their series in Minnesota.
Things were about as even as you could get in the first period. After Gavin Best scored a short handed goal for the Magicians less than four minutes into the game, Billy Renfrew scored his first goal of the game at the 17:37 mark of the first period. That goal came on an assist from Alexander Malinowski and Owen Neuharth during a power play to tie things up.
The second period is when the Dogs blew up. Rookie Nolan Cunningham score a minute and a half into the period on an assist from Zachary Murray and first round draft pick Joe Greniuk to put Fairbanks in front. The Magicians tied it up 11 seconds later on a goal from Hunter Longhi.
After that, however, it was all Ice Dogs. Cameron Riccota scored a power play goal on an assist from Sam Berry and Anchorage native Camden Shasby at the 5:32 mark to put the Dogs in front for good 3-2. Five minutes later, Tyler Stewart put one in the back of the net on an assist from Jack Ring to make it 4-2.
The offensive onslaught was just beginning. Malinowski scored just over two minutes later on an assist from Cunningham and Neuharth, and Michigan commit Brendan Miles scored an unassisted power play goal just over one minute after that to make it 6-2. Noah Griswold scored on an assist from Tyler Herzberg with 2:22 left in the second for the final goal of the period. The Dogs had 22 shots on goal in the second compared to eight for the Magicians.
Renfrew picked up his second goal of the night while Malinowski earned his third point on the assist with a power play goal by the Dogs with 8:11 left in the game. Cam Boche scored unassisted on a power play for the Magicians before the game was over, but it was far too late by then.
Kayden Hargreaves got the win in the net for Fairbanks with 18 saves on the evening.
The Dogs will now compete in the NAHL Show Case. Their first game of the event will be Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. and will be streamed on HockeyTV.com.