Avalanche move to within a point of 2nd place with win
Dawson Creek 1 @ Alaska 4 – It took a while for the Avalanche to get rolling, but once they did on Tuesday night they found themselves just a point out of 2nd place in the NAHL’s West Division after a 4-1 win at home over the Dawson Creek Rage on Tuesday at the MTA Events Center in Palmer. The Avs were held scoreless until midway through the second period, but posted four unanswered goals and outshot Dawson Creek 43-16.
Dawson Creek’s Jason Wark scored the game’s only goal in the 1st period with helpers coming from josh Hartley and Stephen Zipp. However, that would be all that the Rage would get the rest of the game.
In the 2nd period, Evan Janssen tied the game with a power play goal with assists to Gage Christianson and Tanner Fahlstedt. Seven minutes later, Brandon Brossoit would score the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal with helpers from Casey Nelson and another to Fahlstedt to give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead after two periods.
Jordan Watt made it 3-1 early in the 3rd period with assists to Jeff Bergh and Mitch Kontny and then Christianson added his first goal and second point of the game with an empty-net goal with :30 seconds to go in the game with assists to Janssen and Cobi Smith-Mass. Goalie Nick Kulmanovsky made 15 saves in the win, while Edward Dyson took the loss making 39 saves.
The Avalanche are now within a point of second place Wenatchee in the NAHL West standings, with a game in hand. Alaska improved to 35-18-4 with the win and have 74 points in the standings. Alaska hosts Dawson Creek again on Wednesday, and with another win, the Avs would jump second-place Wenatchee.