Steel Open Series vs Fairbanks With 3-1 Win

Box Score

Fairbanks, AK- The Chippewa Steel began their 3-game series with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs from Big Dipper Arena on Thursday evening.

The Steel were able to jump on the Ice Dogs early in the first period with a goal from Brendan Ogle at 4:08, assisted by Jacob Dirks and Grant Reichenbacher. Fairbanks countered with a goal of their own from Parker Brown. Chippewa and Fairbanks headed to the locker room after one period tied at 1.

Connor Szmul gave the Steel the lead in the second period with a goal, which was assisted by Grisha Gotovets and Chase Davidson.

With a 2-1 lead heading into the third period  the Steel were looking for another insurance goal. Jacob Dirks provide the insurance goal in the third period, assisted by Brendan Ogle and Grant Reichenbacher.

In goal for the fourth straight game was Igor Samokhvalov. Igor stopped 32 of 33 shots helping lead the team to victory.

Steel continue their largest win streak in franchise history to a total of four games. The series with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs resumes on Friday evening at 10:30 CST from Big Dipper Arena.

The Steel will be back at home, Saturday, January 26th for 92.9 the X Night. Adult tickets will be 2 for 1 with a non-perishable food item for Feed My People Food Bank. Puck drops at 7:10 p.m. For more information and all things Steel visit


The Chippewa Steel are members of the NAHL which is the oldest and largest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two USA Hockey-certified leagues that operate under the non pay-to-play model.  The NAHL is also one of the best at advancing players to NCAA and professional hockey. Notable Alumni of the NAHL include Ryan Suter (MIN), Patrick Kane (CHI) and Phil Kessel (PIT) All league games are viewable via HockeyTV. For more information, visit