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Brown Bears drop 2 on road

Posted: Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Kenai River Brown Bears have yet to discover a winning formula on the road.

After capturing a victory in the franchise opener at home, the Brown Bears have dropped 10 straight overall and eight on the road, including a pair to the Bismark Bobcats on Friday and Saturday.

The Bobcats captured a 2-1 win on Friday and then earned a 4-3 victory in a shootout on Saturday.

Tye Lewis staked Bismark to a 1-0 lead Friday when he scored at the 6:29 mark of the first period, but Jeffrey Harris knotted the game 10:08 into the second period off assists from Kevin Harris and Jon Larson.

The Bobcats answered only 2:11 later when Nate Taurence found the back of the net off assists from Lewis and Will Aide, who also picked up an assist on Lewis' first goal, and the Brown Bears couldn't seem to score the rest of the way.

Kenai River's Steven Madej denied 31 of the 33 shots he faced while Mike Reilly turned away 19-of-20 for Bismark.

On Saturday, the Bobcats fell behind when Kenai River's Aaron Nell lit the lamp only 6:20 into the game. They didn't trail for long, however, as Blake Hietala scored 37 seconds later and Eric Herbel gave Bismark a 2-1 advantage with 8:34 to play in the opening period.

Kenai River got the equalizer when Kevin Wentland scored with just 1:07 to play in the period, tying the game at the first intermission.

It didn't stay that way very long, though, as Kevin Harris scored 2:30 into the second for a 3-2 Brown Bears' edge.

That's when Nick Curry showed up.

The 6-foot forward from Anchorage tied the game with 4:38 remaining and after a scoreless overtime period, he scored again to give the Bobcats a 2-1 advantage in the shootout for the victory.

Garrett Bossert was the lone Kenai River player to score in the shootout, while Eric Lund recorded Bismark's first shootout tally.

Spencer Alvarez stopped 47-of-51 shots for Kenai and Jake Kremer turned away 44-of-47 for Bismark.

The Brown Bears don't take the ice again until returning home on Tuesday, Oct. 16 for a 7 p.m. showdown with the Wichita Falls Wildcats.

Friday

BOBCATS 2, BROWN BEARS 1

Kenai 0 1 0 1

Bismark 1 1 0 2

First period 1. Bismark, Lewis (Aide, Coldwell), 13:31. Penalties Kenai 4 for 8:00; Bismark 2 for 4:00.

Second period 2. Kenai, J. Harris (K. Harris, Larson), 10:08; 3. Bismark, Taurence (Lewis, Aide), 12:19. Penalties Kenai 2 for 4:00; Bismark 3 for 6:00.

Third period Penalties Kenai 1 for 2:00, Bismark 1 for 2:00.

Shots on goal Kenai 5-9-6 20; Bismark 7-13-13 33.

Goalies Kenai, Madej (33 shots-31 saves); Bismark, Reilly (20 shots-19 saves).

Saturday

BOBCATS 4, BROWN BEARS 3, Shootout

Kenai 2 1 0 0 0 3

Bismark 2 0 1 0 1 4

First period 1. Kenai, Nell (Brown, Litvinoff), 6:20; 2. Bismark, Hietala (Whited), 6:57; 3. Bismark, Herbel (Maggard), 11:26; 4. Kenai, Wentland (Kulikouskiy, J. Harris), 18:53. Penalties Kenai 5 for 19:00; Bismark 4 for 17:00.

Second period 5. Kenai, K. Harris (J. Harris, Simson), 2:30. Penalties Kenai 4 for 8:00; Bismark 4 for 8:00.

Third period 6. Bismark, Curry (Whited, Kayfes), 15:22. Penalties Kenai 4 for 20:00, Bismark 2 for 4:00.

Overtime No scoring.

Shootout Kenai: Bossert. Bismark: Maggard, Curry.

Shots on goal Kenai 12-22-11-2-0 47; Bismark 13-21-12-4-1 51.

Goalies Kenai, Alvarez (51 shots-47 saves); Bismark, Kremer (47 shots-44 saves).



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