Defenseman Doug Rose's power-play strike off a Lonnie Clary helper 2:12 into OT tonight propelled the Fairbanks Ice Dogs to a 3-2 victory at Wenatchee in decisive Game 5 of the NAHL's Midwest Division finals and earned them a spot as one of four teams in the junior circuit's Robertson Cup.
Fairbanks won the Cup in 2011.
Tonight, the Ice Dogs received 32 saves from Kevin Aldridge, who in these playoffs is 6-4 with a 1.92 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts. Tayler Munson and Viktor Liljegren scored first-period goals for the Ice Dogs.
Fairbanks, the top team in the regular season, went the distance in both its Midwest Division playoff series, winning Game 5s against the Kenai River Brown Bears and Wenatchee.
The Michigan Warriors have also qualified for the Robertson Cup, and two spots are still to be decided.
Don't think dates have been definitely determined for the Cup semis, which are best-of-3 series.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com