FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- The last time the Tri-Cities Fever played in Fairbanks was its first Indoor Football League game in 2010.
In that game, the host Grizzlies prevailed 69-67 in a four-overtime thriller.
Robert Fuller, Fairbanks' coach this season, would take that.
"If the game is going to four overtimes, that means we've got a chance to win," said Fuller, whose 6-3 team entertains the 7-1 Fever at 8:05 p.m. today. "The bottom line is finding a way to score one more point than they do."
The Grizzlies were 0-2 back on March 12 when they visited the Fever in what likely could have been their last game of the season.
Back in Fairbanks before that game, Grizzlies co-owner Ricky Bertz told the public this would be the team's last game after he found out he'd have to pay an extra $100,000 in workers compensation insurance.
The Fever won 50-35 to make the Grizzlies 0-3. But Fairbanks didn't fold when fans, local businesses and the league helped Bertz come up with a better solution to the insurance problem.
Since then, Fuller has the Grizzlies on a six-game win streak.
"Even going into that Tri-Cities game, we felt we were growing as a team. We felt we were right on the verge of turning the corner," Fuller said.
Fever coach Adam Shackleford has seen it.
"They've played outstanding football since then," said Shackleford, who said the team spent a lot of last week preparing for Fairbanks as well as Seattle, which the Fever defeated 63-33 on Saturday. "They run the football well with No. 9 (Romandre Gibbs). They've made a quarterback change with Donovan Porterie. They don't make a lot of mistakes."
The Fever, which traveled to Fairbanks all day Friday, will have to keep the ball out of the Grizzlies' hands, Shackleford said.
"We've got to control that football," Shackleford said. "We need to dictate the football game as we have in the past. We can't let them get their ground game going."
Fuller understands that, but he thinks his team's passing game is just as dangerous.
"'Our bread and butter is running the football," Fuller admits. "But we also work hard at the passing game."
Still, Fuller knows his team has its hands full tonight against the Fever.
"They are an incredible football team," Fuller said of the Fever. "(Quarterback) Houston (Lillard) is a legitimate offensive MVP, and even a league MVP. (Linebacker) Jason (Beauchamp) could be the defensive MVP. And just by watching the (personnel) moves they make, you can tell they're such a good organization."
Fuller said his Grizzlies will have to eliminate mistakes and keep their mental composure.
"I watched the Colorado game film," he said. "Colorado played well. Then you started to see breakdowns in their composure. We have to do that."
Game by the numbers: 1 - Ranking of Fairbanks RB Gibbs in the IFL in rushing yards at 512 and yards per game at 64. ... Fever WR Joey Hew Len is tops in the league with 18 touchdown catches. ... Grizzlies KR Desmond Tardy averages 29.3 yards a kick return, best in the IFL. ... Fairbanks DB James Romain leads the league with eight interceptions, while LB Devin Robinson is tops with three forced fumbles.
2 - The Fever ranks second in the league in scoring offense with 61.3 points a game. ... Lillard is second in the league with a QB rating of 110.2, and 37 TD passes.
3 - Fever kicker Gary Cismesia ranks third in the league in extra-point kicks percentage at 93 percent (56 for 60).
4 - Hew Len has 49 receptions, fourth-best in the IFL. ... Lillard's 1,433 yards passing is No. 4 in the league. ... Fever DB Dennis Rogan is fourth in the league with seven interceptions. ... Fairbanks DB Daudi White ranks fourth with nine pass breakups.
5 - Fairbanks' scoring offense ranks fifth at 51 points a game. ... Grizzlies KR Tony Taylor is fifth in all-purpose yardage at 878. ... Fairbanks K Rett Thibodeaux is fifth in extra-point kicks at 83 percent (47 for 57).
7 - Fairbanks WR John Halman ranks seventh with 12 TD catches. ... Romain and Rogan are tied for seventh in pass breakups at seven.
9 - Tri-Cities' defense ranks ninth in the league in scoring defense, surrendering 38.4 points a game.
10 - Fairbanks' defense ranks 10th at 40.1 points. ... Fairbanks DB Noah Harris raanks 10th in the league in tackles at 57.
Notes: The game can be heard on KONA 610 AM. ... Fans can watch the game at Jack-son's in Richland.