The Wichita Fall Wildcats dropped their home opener 4-2 to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs Friday night in front of 1,286 at the Kay Yeager Coliseum.
The Wildcats took a lead into the first intermission when Tanner Fahlstedt scored an unassisted power-play goal in the final minute of the opening period, but Fairbanks answered back.
Less than two minutes into the second period former Wildcat J.T. Osborn equalized for the Ice Dogs, on an assist from Gabe Levin.
Then Fairbanks went ahead on a power-play goal of their own, from Alec Hajdukovich at 6:02 to take a 2-1 lead, but it was short-lived.
The Wildcats came in on a rush, and Nathan Chasteen made a nice spin-o-rama pass to Chris Pontello, who beat Fairbanks goalie Nick Heimer to tie things up.
From there, though, it was all Ice Dogs. The retook the lead on another power play, this time on a point shot from Alec Brandup that went in off the post to Tyler Green's right to make it 3-2 Fairbanks.
Taylor Munson registered the only goal of the third period, at 4:45 to make it a 4-2 game that was the final.
Both goalies face an equal number of shots, 38, but while Fairbanks's Heimler stopped 36, the Wildcats' Green stopped 34, and that made the difference.