Game 3 shutout gives Ice Dogs 2-1 lead in series
April 17, 2016
Gavin Nieto stopped all 22 shots that came his way to lead Fairbanks to a 3-0 win on Game 3 and a 2-1 lead in the series.
Midwest Division Semi-Finals, Game 3: Coulee Region 0 @ Fairbanks 3 (Fairbanks leads best of 5 series, 2-1) – The Fairbanks Ice Dogs got two goals from Reggie Lutz and a 22-save shutout from Gavin Nieto as they took a 2-1 lead in their best of 5 Midwest Division Semi-Final series with a 3-0 win on Sunday night in Fairbanks. The series now shifts to Game 4, which will be in Coulee Region on Friday, April 22nd.
The Ice Dogs went on a five-minute major power play early in the 1st period and it paid off in the games first goal as a blistered shot from the point from Josef Ingman was redirected in front by Logan Coomes past a helpless Matiss Kivlenieks for a 1-0 Ice Dogs lead on what would stand as the game-winning goal. With five minutes to go in the period, the Ice Dogs increased the lead to 2-0 as a nice rush up the ice found Lutz in the high slot and then Lutz fired a shot that beat Kivlenieks for a two-goal lead.
After a scoreless 2nd period, the Ice Dogs tacked on one more goal in the 3rd period as Lutz again would strike for his second of the game as he crashed the net and poked home a loose rebound after the initial shot from Aaron McPheters.
Nieto did the rest picking up his first playoff shutout, while Kivlenieks made 34 saves in the loss. Tyler Tomberlin also picked up two assists in the win.