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Fairbanks wins tough contest against Kenai River, 5-4
Story by Narrative Science.
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the Kenai River Brown Bears were evenly matched throughout their contest, but Fairbanks made the most of its opportunities and won, 5-4.
The Ice Dogs gained the winning advantage on a goal by Brett Gervais 16:24 into the third period and hung on until final buzzer.
Fairbanks was paced by Gervais, who grabbed one goal and one assist.
The Ice Dogs were led by Gervais, who tallied one goal and one assist.
Fairbanks forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up eight minors and one major for 31 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 20.0 minutes per game the Ice Dogs had been spending in the box. Fairbanks put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Kenai River to score on any of its five power plays. The Ice Dogs got an offensive boost from their blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.
With 28 shots on target during the contest, the Brown Bears exceeded the 24.0 shots they average per game this year.
Kenai River was led by Brad LeLievre, who registered two goals. LeLievre scored the first of his two goals at 8:49 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Fairbanks. Brody Decker picked up the assist. LeLievre's next tally made the score 3-2 Kenai River with 1:23 left in the second period. Frankie Spellman assisted on the tally. Kenai River also got a goal from Alec Butcher as well. Other players who recorded assists for Kenai River were Zack Zulkanycz, who had one and Sebastian Fuchs, who had two.
Kevin Aldridge rejected 24 shots on goal for Fairbanks. The Ice Dogs registered one goal on three power play opportunities. The Brown Bears' Kris Oldham stopped 23 shots out of the 28 that he faced. Kenai River ended with 17 minutes in penalty time with six minors and one major.