NAHL report: Fairbanks wins shootout; Kenai River falls late

Posted by DOYLE WOODY, adn.com on November 15, 2013 

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. 

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