The NAHL's Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Kenai River Brown Bears covered the emotional spectrum late in games tonight: Fairbanks won in a shootout and Kenai surrendered the game-winning goal in the last minute of regulation.
Jacob Hetz scored Fairbanks' only goal in regulation and added the game winner in the shootout to give the Ice Dogs a 2-1 win over the visiting Minnesota Wilderness. The Ice Dogs won the shootout 2-0.
Kevin Aldridge stopped 24 of 25 shots in regulation and OT for Fairbanks, and all three shots in the shootout.
Minnesota's Kasimir Kaskisuo, a fabulous Finn, stopped 37 shots in regulation and OT, and has numbers so silly The Blog double-checked them. He's 12-1-3 with a league-leading 0.98 goals-against average, a league-leading .962 save percentage and a league-leading six shutouts.
The Wilderness are coached by former NHL forward Corey Millen, who has strong Alaska ties. He lived here for years.
Kenai River fell 3-2 to the visiting Wichita Falls Wildcats. Wichita's Will Vosejpka scored with 43 seconds left. Kenai River's Jack Gessert scored a power-play goal in the opening minute of the third period to get the Brown Bears on even terms at 2-2.
Minnesota leads the Midwest Division with a 14-2-4 record good for 32 points. Fairbanks (13-7-0) sits second with 26 points and Kenai River (12-7-0) is third with 24 points. The Brown Bears have lost five straight following an eight-game winning streak.