04/13/13 - 12:58pm
The gap is closing, but it's not all the way closed.
The Kenai River Brown Bears lost the opener in a best-of-five North American Hockey League playoff series 3-1 to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks in front of 2,242 fans.
Game 2 is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Bears fell to 0-13 in the playoffs, but Friday was by far their best effort in a playoff opener. The Bears, who outshot Fairbanks 25-21 and lost by two goals due to a late empty-netter, had lost their four previous playoff openers by an aggregate score of 17-4.