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Ice Dogs are kings of the regular season thanks to OT win

April 1, 2016

Cullen Munson had three points on Thursday night in a 6-2 win to help Janesville move into 2nd place in the Midwest Division.

Kenai River 2 @ Fairbanks 3 (OT) - Alex Mehnert provided the game-winner with 4.8 seconds left in overtime as the Ice Dogs defeated the Brown Bears, 3-2 to clinch the NAHL’s overall regular season title on Thursday night. After a scoreless first period, Ryan Kero gave the Ice Dogs a 1-0 lead with his shot from the high slot at 4:51 of the second period. Evan Somoza, with help from Kero and defenseman Adam Kleven, put Fairbanks ahead 2-0 by flipping in a backhand at the right side of the crease during a power play at 15:08 of the second. Joey Sardina stuffed in the puck from the front of the crease at 18:33 of the third for Kenai River’s first goal. Kenai River had pulled its goaltender for an extra skater before it forced overtime. Gunnar Goodmanson, with assists from Collin Appleton and Nick Klishko, managed to secure the puck amid heavy traffic in the low slot and he snuck the puck past Ice Dogs goaltender Gavin Nieto with just a wisp before the buzzer sounded with .4 seconds remaining. Mehnert’s game-winning shot was born with the defenseman taking a crossing pass from the right circle from right wing Ryner Gorowsky, who had gained the puck from a feed by center Evan Somoza with just :04 seconds remaining in the extra session. Gavin Nieto made 24 saves in the win, while Nick Nast made 40 saves in the loss. Boxscore
 
Janesville 6 @ Springfield 2 – Cullen Munson had three points, including two goals as the Jets moved into 2nd place in the Midwest Division with a 6-2 win in Springfield on Thursday night. The Jets captured some early momentum as Adam Winborg opened the scoring just :27 seconds into the game with a rebound goal. The Jets made it 3-0 in the 2nd period as Munson scored his first goal and Cole Paskus added another. The Jr. Blues cut the lead down to 4-2 as Sam Craggs and Joey Lupo scored goals sandwiched in between Munson’s second goal later in the 2nd period. With just :14 seconds remaining in the period, the Jets made it 5-2 on a tally from Peter Bates. Jake Bresser completed the scoring with a goal early in the 3rd period. Jack LaFontaine was solid in the win, making 45 saves, while Tommy Nappier took the loss with 15 saves. Boxscore
 
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