Once the Magicians got the lead, they never let it go as the Ice Dogs started their 2021 NAHL playoff journey with a 6-3 loss at home to fall behind 0-1 in the best-of-five series.

The Ice Dogs are back in the postseason for the 24th consecutive year, but with last year’s postseason being canceled due to a global pandemic, we haven’t had playoff hockey in the interior or anywhere else in two seasons.

Fairbanks ends the regular season with a record of 25-19-2-2, 54 points, second place in the Midwest Division, and at least a pair of home games to start the NAHL playoffs.

Laker Aldridge scored a goal 8:57 into the game and that was all the Dogs needed to take a 1-0 win over the Kenai River Brown Bears, officially win the Alaskan Airlines Cup, and put themselves in position to clinch home ice advantage.