Ice Dogs sweep Bears

Posted: Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a pair of games on the road against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday and Saturday at the Bigger Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks.

The losses drop Kenai River to 22-20-5 overall, good for 49 points. They remain in fourth place in the North American Hockey League West Division standings and would reach the playoffs if the postseason started today.

Fairbanks, meanwhile, improves to 30-12-2 with 62 points and is in first. The Alaska Avalanche of Palmer and Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild are tied for second with 55 points.

On Friday in front of 2,242 fans, Fairbanks ran away from the Brown Bears using a potent offense.

The Ice Dogs came out in the first period and put 15 shots on the board to Kenai River's 11. Fairbanks would end up with a 36-31 advantage for the game.

The lone goal in the first came from Ice Dogs' Alexander Jensen.

In the second, Matt Millis put Fairbanks up 2-0 with 14:50 on the board. Brad Duwe, on assists from Doug Beck and Brett Lubanski, answered a little over a minute later. It was the Soldotna product's 13th goal of the year.

Fairbanks started to put the game out of reach with two goals to close the second. The tallies came from Tayler Munson and John Stampohar.

Stampohar would finish off the scoring with a power-play goal in the third period.

Joe Phillippi had 30 saves for the Ice Dogs, while Josh Benton stopped 31 pucks for the Brown Bears.

A night later, the Bears took a 1-0 lead into the third period only to see it evaporate with less than five minutes to play.

Fairbanks scored twice in the span of about a minute to turn a one-goal deficit into a 3-1 win. An empty-net goal accounted for the final tally.

Chris Rial gave the Bears a 1-0 lead in the first when he finished assists from Duwe and Lubanski.

The Ice Dogs were scoreless for 55 minutes. Gabe Levin got the equalizer on assists from Preston Hodge and Wally Cossette with 4:52 remaining. Alec Hajdukovich scored the game-winner on a power play with 3:38 left in the third.

Phillippi made 38 saves.

Friday

Ice Dogs 5, Brown Bears 1

Kenai River 0 1 0 --1

Fairbanks 1 3 1 --5

First period -- 1. Fairbanks, Jensen (Munson, Millis), 0:46. Penalties -- Kenai River 1 for 2:00.

Second period -- 2. Fairbanks, Millis (Linnell, Hajdukovich), 5:10; 3. Kenai River, Duwe (Beck, Lubanski), 6:30; 4. Fairbanks, Munson (Linnell, Hajdukovich), 7:18; 5. Fairbanks, Stampohar (Vierling, Osborn), 16:20. Penalties -- Kenai River 1 for 2:00; Fairbanks 2 for 4:00.

Third period -- 6. Fairbanks, Stampohar (Vierling, Osborn), 16:22. Penalties -- Kenai River 4 for 8:00; Fairbanks 6 for 12:00.

Shots on goal -- Kenai River 11-11-9--31; Fairbanks 15-11-10--36.

Goalies -- Kenai River, Benton (36 shots, 31 saves); Fairbanks, Phillippi (31 shots, 30 saves).

Power plays -- Kenai River 0 for 6; Fairbanks 1 for 4.

Saturday

Ice Dogs 3, Brown Bears 1

Kenai River 1 0 0 --1

Fairbanks 0 0 3 --3

First period -- 1. Kenai River, Rial (Duwe, Lubanski), 17:35. Penalties -- Kenai River none; Fairbanks 1 for 2:00.

Second period -- No scoring. Penalties -- Kenai River 6 for 12:00; Fairbanks 6 for 12:00.

Third period -- 2. Fairbanks, Levin (Hodge, Cossette), 15:08; 3. Fairbanks, Hajdukovich (innell, Munson), pp, 16:22; 4. Osborn (O'Rourke, Stampohar), en, 20:00. Penalties -- Kenai River 3 for 6:00; Fairbanks none.

Shots on goal -- Kenai River 8-12-4--24; Fairbanks 10-16-15--41.

Goalies -- Dahlstrom (40 shots, 38 saves); Phillippi (24 shots, 23 saves).

Power plays -- Kenai River 0 for 4; Fairbanks 1 for 6.



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