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MN Magicians' comeback falls short, Fairbanks wins 4-2
Story by Narrative Science.
The MN Magicians Magicians almost clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit, but the Fairbanks Ice Dogs managed to pull out a 4-2 win in the end.
Fairbanks led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Ice Dogs' Kyle Lee's scored on the power play at 12:58 in the second period to put Fairbanks up 4-1.
The the Ice Dogs penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled nine minors and one major for 23 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 18.0 minutes per game Fairbanks had been spending in the box. The Ice Dogs put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow MN Magicians to score on any of its five power plays.
Fairbanks was helped by Lonnie Clary, who tallied one goal. Clary scored 4:49 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Fairbanks. Brett Gervais provided the assist. Fairbanks also got a goal from Johnny Mueller as well. More assists for Fairbanks came via Doug Rose, Hans Gorowsky, Viktor Liljegren, Tayler Munson, Ben Campbell, David Kaplan, and Todd Burgess, who contributed one a piece.
The Magicians were often in penalty trouble, totaling 12 minors and one major for 39 minutes in penalty time. MN Magicians surpassed its season average of 21.0 penalty minutes per game. The defense for the Magicians played an important role offensively, racking up nine shots on goal.
MN Magicians was led by Eetu Karvinen, who registered one goal and one assist. Karvinen scored 16:30 into the second period to make the score 4-2 Fairbanks. Tony Uglem assisted on the tally. Nicholas Kuchera also scored for MN Magicians. In addition, MN Magicians received assists from Colin Hernon, who had one.
Patrick Munson made 20 saves for the Ice Dogs on 22 shots. Fairbanks registered one goal on eight power play opportunities. The Magicians' starting goalie, Atte Tolvanen, made 14 saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Bryan Nies, who stopped 12 shots. For MN Magicians, Cody Milligan was ejected from the game.