ANCHORANGE, Alaska -- If anyone thought the Tri-Cities Fever would run away with the Pacific Division title this season, think again.
The Fever was routed by the host Fairbanks Grizzlies 58-20 on Saturday night.
Tri-Cities still holds the division lead with a 7-2 record. But Fairbanks improves to 7-3. The two teams will meet at Toyota Center on May 28 for their final regular-season game against each other.
The loss snaps a six-game win streak for the Fever, while Fairbanks won its seventh in a row.
The game was close for the first quarter, as Fever quarterback Houston Lillard hit Steven Whitehead for a 41-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead.
But Fairbanks scored two straight TDs on ensuing kickoffs -- Desmond Tardy returned the first kickoff 54 yards for a score, and Devin Robinson recovered a Dennis Rogan fumbled kickoff return in the end zone for a 13-7 lead.
And although Whitehead gave Tri-Cities a 14-13 lead on a 4-yard TD run, that was it.
Fairbanks went on a 39-0 run to put the game away, as the Fever offense was shut out in the second quarter and could only score six points in the third.
Meanwhile, Grizzlies quarterback Donovan Porterie tossed three touchdown passes in the second half and ran for another.
"We just got outplayed," said Fever coach Adam Shackleford. "But at the end of the day, we leave here in first place. They whipped us on both sides of the ball."
Shackleford said his team could learn from this loss.
"We needed this," he said. "We needed someone to bring us back down to reality. We're not hittng the panic button. We're a first-place team and we need to go out and play like it next week."
Tri-Cities plays host to Wenatchee Valley at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Center.