The opening-round NAHL best-of-5 playoff series between the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Kenai River Brown Bears was tight, tight, tight throughout -- essentially five one-goal games, and Monday night the Ice Dogs roared back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to rack a series-ending 3-2 win at the Big Dipper in Fairbanks.
After Kenai River entered the third period leading 2-0, courtesy of Albin Karlsson's power-play goal in the first period and Zack Zulkanycz's second-period strike, that cushion held until nearly halfway through the third period.
Fairbanks' Devin Loe got the comeback rolling with a goal at 8:53, Colton Wolter followed with the equalizer at 11:21 and Jayson Angus delivered the game winner with just 63 seconds left.
Fairbanks came back from a 2-1 series deficit to win Game 4, 6-5 in OT, in Soldotna on Saturday and force Monday's decisive Game 5, played before a sellout crowd of 2,242.
Steve Perry made 29 saves for Fairbanks and Marcus Zelzer stopped 33 for Kenai River.
Fairbanks moves on to the West Division Finals to face Wenatchee, which trailed Fresno 2-1 in that series but rebounded to take the series in five games.