Kenai River set to host Game 3 vs. Fairbanks

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2009

Kenai River is hoping Fairbanks didn't pack its brooms.

After dropping the first two games of a best-of-five North American Hockey League playoff series to the Ice Dogs, the Brown Bears are seeking to prolong the series at least another day when they host Fairbanks for Game 3 at the Soldotna Sports Center at 7:30 p.m. today.

A week ago in Fairbanks, the Brown Bears -- who finished in last place in the West Division with a regular-season mark of 14-36-8 -- looked as if they may steal the first game.

But after 40 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Ice Dogs netted four third-period goals in winning, 4-1.

Game 2 on Saturday night also started off on the right foot for Kenai River, which took a 1-0 lead just 53 seconds into the game on a goal from Kevin Wentland.

The Ice Dogs, though, then showed their fans why they owned the best record in the West and third-best in the league at 38-12-8, by reeling off seven straight tallies, five coming in the second period, in taking a commanding 2-0 series lead with a dominating 7-1 win.

Should the Brown Bears win today, Game 4 would be on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sports Center, followed by the fifth and decisive game, if necessary, on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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