The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped North American Hockey League games to the Wenatchee Wild in Washington on Friday and Saturday.
The Brown Bears lost 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday after falling 4-2 on Friday.
On Saturday in front of 3,317 fans, the Brown Bears were able to pick up a point with an ovetime loss on the ice of the team tied for the best record in the league.
Wenatchee leads the West Division with a 39-8-3 record and 81 points, while the Brown Bears are in last in the West with a 10-34-4 record and 24 points.
In Saturday's shootout, Brett Lubanski started with a miss for Kenai River, then Jeff Jubinville connected for the Wild. Johan Skinnars, Jake Musselman and Matthew Cinader then missed for the Brown Bears, but Kenai River goalie Mike Martin was able to stop the next three Wild shooters.
Derek Bayagich connected for the Brown Bears to tie it, but Dajon Mingo, who started the year with Kenai River before getting traded to the Brown Bears, scored the game winner for Wenatchee.
Martin and Mingo know each other well. The two played for the same team last season.
The Brown Bears got to the shootout thanks to a power play that went 3-for-6. Soldotna product Brad Duwe started the game's scoring in the second period when he netted a power-play goal on assists from Braden Kinnebrew and Skinnars.
Shawn Pauly tied the game for the Wild, but Lubanski scored a power-play goal on assists from Duwe and Kinnebrew to give the Brown Bears the lead again.
Jubinville closed the second period by scoring to knot the score at 2.
Wenatchee took the lead in the third on a goal by Armand Deswardt, but Josh Royston scored with 12:45 to play on a power play to tie the game. Lubanski and Kinnebrew assisted.
Wenatchee outshot the Brown Bears 37-19.
In Friday's game, the Wild jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Deswardt and Nolan Youngmun in front of 3,272 fans.
Kenai River cut the lead to 2-1 on a tally by Kinnebrew. The goal was assisted by Skinnars and Lubanski.
The Wild closed out the first with a goal by Alex McLean. Wenatchee outshot Kenai River 11-10 in the first period on the way to a 31-22 advantage in the game.
The Wild scored the lone goal of the second period. Michael Di Puma had the power-play goal.
In the third period, the Brown Bears had the lone goal. Royston scored on the power play, with Skinnars and Kinnebrew providing the helpers.
Martin had 27 saves for the Brown Bears, while Brendan Jensen had 20 saves for the Wild.
Kenai River will play at the Owatonna (Minn.) Express on Tuesday at 4 p.m. AST.
Wild 4, Brown Bears 2
Kenai River 1 0 1 --2
Wenatchee 3 1 0 --4
First period -- 1. Wenatchee, Deswardt (Brodie), 4:28; 2. Wenatchee, Youngmun (Flynn, Christ), 9:12; 3. Kenai River, Kinnebrew (Skinnars, Lubanski), 16:40; 4. Wenatchee, McLean (Hilbrich, McKenzie), 19:38. Penalties -- Kenai River 1 for 2:00; Wenatchee 1 for 2:00.
Second period -- 5. Wenatchee, Di Puma (Brodie, Mingo), pp, 15:11. Penalties -- Kenai River 2 for 4:00.
Third period -- 6. Kenai River, Royston (Skinnars, Kinnebrew), pp, 8:51. Penalties -- Wenatchee 1 for 2:00.
Shots on goal -- Kenai River 10-5-7--22; Wenatchee 11-11-9--31.
Goalies -- Kenai River, Martin (31 shots, 27 saves); Jensen (22 shots, 20 saves).
Power plays -- Kenai River 1 for 2:00; Wenatchee 1 for 3:00.
Wild 4, Brown Bears 3, SO
Kenai River 0 2 1 0 0 --3
Wenatchee 0 2 1 0 1 --4
First period -- none. Penalties -- Kenai River 1 for 2:00; Wenatchee 1 for 2:00.
Second period -- 1. Kenai River, Duwe (Kinnebrew, Skinnars), pp, 4:40; 2. Wenatchee, Pauly (Brodie, Timar), 7:31; 3. Kenai River, Lubanski (Duwe, Kinnebrew), pp, 11:19; 4. Wenatchee (Rumble), 18:13. Penalties -- Kenai River 2 for 4:00; Wenatchee 4 for 8:00.
Third period -- 5. Wenatchee, Deswardt (Rumble), 3:48; 6. Kenai River, Royston (Lubanski, Kinnebrew), pp, 7:15. Penalties -- Kenai River 1 for 2:00; Wenatchee 1 for 2:00.
Overtime -- none. Penalties -- none.
Shootout -- Kenai River 1 (Lubanksi NG, Skinnars NG, Musselman NG, Cinader NG, Bayagich G); Wenatchee 2 (Jubinville G, Pauly NG, McKellar NG, Di Puma NG, Mingo G).
Shots on goal -- Kenai River 3-8-7-1--19; Wenatchee 8-14-11-4--37.
Goalies -- Martin (37 shots, 34 saves); Jaeger (19 shots, 16 saves).
Power plays -- Kenai River 3 for 6, Wenatchee 0 for 5.
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