The Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 10-2 on Thursday in North American Hockey League action at Wenatchee.
Wenatchee is in first place in the West Division with 77 points and a 37-8-3 record, while the Brown Bears are in fourth place in the West Division with 23 points and a 10-33-3 record.
The Wild are the second-best team in the league, while the Brown Bears have the least points in the league. The two teams will meet in the first round of the NAHL playoffs.
The Wild jumped out and outshot the Brown Bears 18-8 in the first period. Wenatchee got three goals out of the effort. They came from Armand Deswardt, Jake Flynn and Jordan Young.
Wenatchee kept the pressure on in the second period, outshooting the Brownies 22-7 en route to a 55-30 advantage in the game.
Kenai River cut the lead to 3-1 when Johan Skinnars scored on an assist from Jesse Ramsey. However, Wenatchee came right back on goals by Jeff Jubinville and Dajon Mingo. Mingo is a former Brown Bears player.
Wenatchee started out the third period with goals from Chris Rumble, Mitch Torrel and Andrew Christ.
Soldotna product Brad Duwe made the score 8-2 with a goal on assists by Skinnars and Ramsey. Skinnars now has 21 points in 16 games played for the Brown Bears. Duwe, in his first season with Kenai River, has 14 goals in 38 games with the team.
Wenatchee closed the game with goals by Ryan Timar and Mingo.
Dainis Vasiljevs had 45 saves for the Brown Bears, while Brandon Jaeger had 28 saves.
The Wild were very disciplined in front of 2,702 fans. Wenatchee did not have any penalties, and went 2-for-4 on the power play.
The same two teams play today and Saturday in Wenatchee at 7:05 p.m.
Wild 10, Brown Bears 2
Kenai River 0 1 1 --2
Wenatchee 3 2 5 --10
First period -- 1. Wenatchee, Deswardt (Rumble, McKellar), 1:34; 2. Wenatchee, Flynn (McKenzie, Youngmun), pp, 17:21; 3. Wenatchee, Young (Jubinville), 19:05. Penalties -- Kenai River 1 for 2:00.
Second period -- 4. Kenai River, Skinnars (Ramsey), 2:34; 5. Wenatchee, Jubinville (Rumble, Di Puma), 3:58; 6. Wenatchee, Mingo (Youngmun, Christ), pp, 6:28. Penalties -- Kenai River 2 for 4:00.
Third period -- 7. Wenatchee, Rumble (Timar), 10:38; 8. Wenatchee, Torrel (Brodie), 11:08; 9. Wenatchee, Christ (Young, Mingo), 12:42; 10. Kenai River, Duwe (Skinnars, Ramsey), 14:56; 11. Wenatchee, Timar (Hilbrich), 16:27; 12. Wenatchee, Mingo (un), 18:54. Penatlies -- Kenai River 1 for 2:00.
Shots on goal -- Kenai River 8-7-15 --30; Wenatchee 18-22-15--55.
Goalies -- Kenai River, Vasiljevs (55 shots, 45 saves), Wenatchee, Jaeger (30 shots, 28 saves).
Power plays -- Kenai River 0 for 0, Wenatchee 2 for 4.
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