Fairbanks Ice Dogs fall to Magicians, 3-2

Photo by Sam Thiel Fairbanks’ Evan Junker skates up the ice during their game against the Minnesota Magicians on Friday. Fairbanks fell to the Magicians 3-2.

MARSHALL — In its final weekend in Marshall, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs hockey team took on the Minnesota Magicians looking to wrap up its stay on a strong note. The Ice Dogs got an early lead, but the Magicians answered with three goals in the second and third periods combined before holding on for a 3-2 victory Friday at the Red Baron Arena and Expo.

Fairbanks wasted little time gaining the lead, as Austin Becker scored just 42 seconds into the game on the assist from Tyler Herzberg and Andrew Garby to give the Ice Dogs a 1-0 lead. The Magicians would respond in the second period, though, scoring a short-handed goal nearly 12 minutes into the frame before adding another goal a few minutes later to take a 2-1 lead after two.

The Magicians weren’t done there, as they scored just 1:07 into the third to push their advantage to 3-1. Fairbanks would get a goal from Jack Ring on the assist from Jasper Lester and Zachary Murray 11:20 into the period to draw to within one at 3-2, but couldn’t get any closer.

Fairbanks outshot the Magicians 37-27 on the game. Ryan Keyes recorded 24 saves for Fairbanks.

Fairbanks (19-17-1-1) will face the Magicians again today at 7:30 p.m. before the team heads back to Alaska on Sunday.


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