Ice Dogs beat Magicians in overtime | Sports

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs stuck it to cancer Saturday night at the Big Dipper Ice Arena, then put a dagger in the hearts of the Minnesota Magicians.

It took a little longer than expected as Minnesota worked its magic to overcome a three-goal third-period deficit to send the game into overtime with the score tied at 3-3.

After a five-minute scoreless overtime, the par three-man shootout lasted nine players before Fairbanks’ Brady Welsch fired the puck past Minnesota goaltender Josh Seeley to send a standing crowd into a frenzy and give the Ice Dogs a 4 -3 triumph.

It was sweet revenge for the Ice Dogs, who squandered a two-goal lead and suffered a 4-3 shootout loss to the Magicians on Friday night. Fairbanks won Game 1 of the series 7-4 on Thursday.

The between-period jersey auctions during the Stick it to Cancer weekend series were a resounding success as fundraisers for the Circle of Hope Foundation, Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation and the Ice Dogs.

More than $38,000 was raised with the nine jerseys auctioned Saturday night and more than $75,000 was raised over the three-game series.

The series also helped kick off hockey week in Fairbanks as the Ice Dogs honored the 1985-86 Gold Kings Midget A’s, the first Fairbanks youth hockey team to ever reach a national tournament and Anna Culley, inducted into the Fairbanks Hockey Hall of Fame in 2022.

Saturday night’s game was one of those events that Fairbanks hockey fans will long remember.

Both goaltenders – Kayden Hargraves of Fairbanks and Josh Seeley of Minnesota were superb – star forwards for both teams – Ice Dogs Alexander Malinowski and Magicians Hunter Longhi – made huge contributions to their respective teams and the shootout affected nine players .

Fans couldn’t have asked for more.

Malinowski kicked things off for the Ice Dogs when he scored exactly halfway through the first period through assists from Kevin Marx Noren and Brendan Miles.

Malinowski scored his second goal of the night and sixth of the series 17 seconds into the second period on the power play with assists for Miles and Braden Lindstrom.

Just over two minutes later, the Ice Dogs had a 3-0 lead as Noah Griswold put the puck in the back of the net with help from Jack Ring and Nolan Cunningham.

The Magicians came alive in the third period when Longhi and Jon Bell, assisted by Longhi, scored 34 seconds apart. Longhi triggered the two-goal push at 5:31.

The Magicians tied the game at 17:21 of the third when William Svenddal’s third goal of the season went through a maze of players and past Hargraves.

Both goalies made huge saves during the five-minute overtime period, setting the stage for a second straight shootout.

Longhi scored on the Magicians’ second shot against Hargraves, but the Ice Dogs responded with a Marx Noren goal.

Hargraves denied Minnesota’s next seven shooters before Welsch fired past Seeley for the winner.

The win was huge for the Ice Dogs, who moved back to first place in the NAHL Midwest Division standings two points ahead of the Springfield Jr. Blues.

Springfield, which suffered a 9-1 loss to the Janesville Jets on Saturday night, played four games less than the Ice Dogs.

The Ice Dogs have this weekend off before returning to the ice for a two-game series at the Anchorage Wolverines on March 4-5.

After another streak on the road at the Kenai River Brown Bears on March 11-12, the Ice Dogs return to the Big Dipper on March 18-19 hosting the Wolverines.

Brian L. Hartfield