Bears end NAHL Showcase at 0-2-2

The Kenai River Brown Bears finished the North American Hockey League Showcase with an 0-2-2 record after losing to the Jamestown (N.Y.) Ironmen 6-2 on Saturday at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.

The Brown Bears also lost 5-4 in overtime to the Odessa (Texas) Jackalopes on Friday.

In Friday’s game, Odessa’s Lawrence Cornellier ended a back-and-forth game just 22 seconds into the extra period when he scored for the victory. Cornellier had two goals and an assist in the game.

Kenai River took the lead in the game on a goal by Eric Shand 3:55 into the contest, but Ryan Doucet answered for Odessa less than a minute later. Kirk Van Arkel scored a power-play goal for the Bears before the end of the period.

The Jackalopes again drew even just 1:58 into the second period when Pat Thompson scored, but just 36 second later, Chris Nuth gave the Brown Bears a 3-2 lead. However, Cornellier scored on the power play with just 1:18 left in the second to knot the score.

Anthony Olguin gave Odessa a 4-3 lead 2:30 into the final frame. With 7:33 left in the game, Carson Vance tied the game for the Brown Bears.

Kenai River enjoyed a 34-26 advantage on shots, but Blake Wojtala stood tall for Odessa in net, making 30 saves. Gustaf Johansson made 14 saves on 15 shots in 21:57 of play for the Bears, while Sean Healy relieved and made seven saves on 11 shots.

On Saturday, Jamestown took control of the game with four unanswered goals spanning the second and third periods.

Luc Gerdes of Jamestown had the lone score of the first period. Just 3:03 into the second period, Jeff McFarland made it 2-0 with a goal before Albin Karlsson got Kenai River on the board.

Then McFarland, Ross Pavek, Mitch Hall and Brett Szajner would score to make it 5-2 with 12:41 left.

Kenai River’s Matt Seidel had a power-play goal to complete the scoring.

Jamestown had 28 shots on goal, while Kenai River had 21. Reid Mimmack had 19 saves for the Ironmen, while Sean Healy had 22 saves for the Bears.

Kenai River stays on the road for nondivision games. The Bears play the Springfield (Ill.) Blues at 4 p.m. ADT Friday and Saturday.



Jackalopes 5, Brown Bears 4, OT


Kenai River2110—4

First period — 1. Kenai River, Shand (Karlsson), 3:55; 2. Odessa, Doucet (Portner, Mezzano), 4:38; 3. Kenai River, Van Arkel (Walker, Kohls), pp, 13:12. Penalties — Odessa 1 for 2:00; Kenai River 2 for 12:00.

Second period — 4. Odessa, Thompson (Olguin), 1:58; 5. Kenai River, Nuth (Lazzaro, Meier), 2:34; 6. Odessa, Cornellier (Doucet, Minx), pp, 18:42. Penalties — Odessa 5 for 10:00; Kenai River 3 for 6:00.

Third period — 7. Odessa, Olguin (Minx, Cornellier), 2:30; 8. Kenai River, Vance (Nuth, Lazzaro), 12:27. Penalties — Odessa 3 for 6:00; Kenai River 2 for 4:00.

Overtime — 9. Odessa, Cornellier (Minx, Slocum), 0:22. Penalties — none.

Shots on goal — Odessa 9-8-8-1—26; Kenai River 11-15-8-0—34.

Goalies — Odessa, Wojtala (34 shots, 30 saves); Kenai River, Johansson (15 shots, 14 saves), Healy (11 shots, 7 saves).

Power plays — Odessa 1 for 3; Kenai River 1 for 6.



Ironmen 6, Brown Bears 2


Kenai River011—2

First period — 1. Gerdes (Pavek, Mottiqua), 17:56. Penalties — none.

Second period — 2. Jamestown, McFarland (Urso), 3:03; 3. Kenai River, Karlsson (Warner), sh, 9:23; 4. Jamestown, McFarland (Gerdes, Johansson), pp, 14:46; 5. Jamestown, Pavek (Mottiqua), 16:16. Penalties — Jamestown 1 for 2:00; Kenai River 2 for 4:00.

Third period — 6. Jamestown, Hall (Cesarz, Szajner), 5:51; 7. Jamestown, Szajner (Pavek, Ritt), pp, 7:19; 8. Kenai River, Seidel (Walker), pp, 8:59. Penalties — Jamestown 5 for 10:00; Kenai River 6 for 22:00.

Shots on goal — Jamestown 9-9-10—28; Kenai River 6-4-11—21.

Goalies — Jamestown, Mimmack (21 shots, 19 saves); Kenai River, Healy (28 shots, 22 saves).

Power plays — Jamestown 3 for 7; Kenai River 1 for 5.


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