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Ice Dogs Dominate Anchorage

Dakota MacIntosh Records Historical Saturday Night
Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 7:41 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - One weekend ago, the Ice Dogs split a two game series against the Anchorage Wolverines, and returned home to the Big Dipper Ice Arena to host their first-ever series against Anchorage.

Friday night, the Dogs came ready to play. It only took thirty four seconds from the the first puck drop for Fairbanks to establish their first lead of the weekend. Tyler Stewart made a nifty play to go high on the short side of the goaltender and force it through the narrow opening between the top corner and the Anchorage goaltender’s shoulder. Two minutes and change passed, when Brendan Miles controlled a bouncing puck at the blue line, and pushed the Ice Dogs lead to two. Before the period was over, Cameron Ricotta would score his seventh goal of the season, giving Fairbanks the 3-0 heading into the first intermission.

The second period of Friday night was the only period of the weekend that Fairbanks would fail to score a goal. Anchorage’s Clay Allen and Talon Sigurdson narrow the Ice Dogs lead back to one goal at the end of the second period.

A defensive heavy third period didn’t see a goal until there was less than two minutes left in regulation. Alexander Malinowski sent the puck three-quarters the length of the ice into the empty net to secure the Friday night win for the Ice Dogs, 4-2. It is rare for goaltenders to record points in the box score, but Kayden Hargraves records his first of the season assisting on Malinowski’s goal.

“For the most part, I thought we were pretty controlled, and we managed the game quite well in the third. It was a tale of three periods tonight,” said coach Trevor Stewart after his 4-2 win Friday night. “Luckily we felt like we had the upper hand in two of those (periods) tonight.

Saturday, the Ice Dogs had plenty of offense in store for the Wolverines awaiting. Dakota MacIntosh got the first goal of the game on the powerplay. Sixty two seconds later, Jackson Reineke evened the game at one. Before the first period came to an end, Dakota MacIntosh added his second goal of the game when Nolan Cunningham found MacIntosh on a two-on-one breakaway opportunity.

Alexander Malinowski, Tyler Stewart, and Jack Ring each scored a goal in the second period to offset the two goals Anchorage put on the board in the second frame as well. Wolverines’ Taylor Sigurdson scored his NAHL-leading twentieth goal of the season.

Even though the Dogs were up, 5-3 heading into the third period, Fairbanks kept their foot on the gas. Dakota MacIntosh did it himself to start the third period, knocking the Anchorage defender off the puck, getting the unassisted goal, and securing his hat trick. Billy Renfrew and Owen Neuharth each scored before the final goal of the game was scored by, none other than Dakota MacIntosh. MacIntosh singlehandedly outscored Anchorage, but the Ice Dogs dropped in five other goals in the 9-3 domination.

“It was so relieving,” Dakota MacIntosh said after his four goal performance Saturday. “It was the second time I’ve had two (goals) in this league. It was nice to get the third, especially against a rival like this.” I think it’s going to be a good rivalry all year, and hopefully we keep playing well against them.”

Fairbanks completes the sweep, and hold a solid lead in the Club 49 Cup Race. The Ice Dogs currently sit six points ahead of Anchorage, and twelve ahead of Kenai River. The Ice Dogs will now take over a month hiatus away from the Big Dipper Ice Arena with an extended road trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin, then the Christmas break, and a ending their road trip with a game against the Springfield Jr. Blues. Fairbanks starts their road trip with a two game series against the Minnesota Wilderness.

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