Fairbanks 3 @ Kenai River 5 – Porter Schachle scored twice and Landon Pavlisin made 34 saves as the Brown Bears beat their in-state rival Fairbanks Ice Dogs, 5-3 on Thursday in the opening game of a three-game series. The win, which was 8th straight for Kenai River, widened the Brown Bears lead atop the Midwest Division to four points over the Ice Dogs. The Brown Bears opened up a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes of the 1st period with goals from Logan Ritchie and Schachle. Fairbanks got on the board later in the period with a goal from Oliver Kjaer, which was his 10th of the season. The Brown Bears extended their lead back to two goals late in the 2nd period as Trey LaBarge scored to make it 3-1. Just :15 seconds later, Fairbanks would answer again to make it a one-goal game as Luke Ciolli lit the lamp. In the 3rd period, an insurance goal from Theo Thrun made it 4-2 and Schachle scored again on an empty-net to make it 5-2. Tyler Deweese added a late for Fairbanks to make it a 5-3 final. Ice Dogs goalie Mattias Sholl made 27 saves in the loss.