Kenai River drops 2 to Fairbanks

Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a pair of North American Hockey League games in Fairbanks on Friday and Saturday, losing in overtime on Friday and in regulation on Saturday.

Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Soldotna's Matt Fellman and West's Nick Bruner chase the puck in the second period Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The Brown Bears are now in fourth place in the West Division with a 14-12-3 record. They are four points ahead of fifth-place Fresno (Calif.). The top four teams in the division make the playoffs.

The Ice Dogs are in second place with a 19-9-2 record, while the Alaska Avalanche of Palmer top the division at 20-12-1.

In Friday's game, Oldrich Kotvan scored 1:16 into overtime to give the Ice Dogs a 4-3 victory in front of 2,242 fans.

Kotvan's goal came while Alex Frere of the Brown Bears was in the penalty box for holding with 3 seconds left in regulation.

The Brown Bears got on the board first in the game when Dominic Granato, assisted by Zack Capozza and Ryan Walker, scored the lone goal of the first period.

The Ice Dogs, who were outshot 37-32 in the game, came back to take the lead in the second period despite being outshot 11-8. Jared Linnell and Tyler Voigt lit the lamp for a 2-1 lead.

Soldotna High School product Brad Duwe had a pair of points in the third period to bring the Bears back. Duwe, assisted by Chris Rial and Brett Lubanski, scored on the power play 1:17 into the third. After Zach Vierling put the Ice Dogs up with 12:01 to play, Erik Persson, assisted by Duwe, scored on the power play with 9:51 left.

Kenai River finished 2 for 10 on the man advantage, while the Ice Dogs were 1 for 6.

Joe Phillippi made 34 saves on 37 shots for the Ice Dogs, while Josh Benton had 28 saves on 32 shots for the Brown Bears.

Saturday, in front of 2,242, Fairbanks jumped to a 3-0 lead. Brett Lubanksi and Doug Beck had goals for the Brown Bears, who were outshot 30-24.

The Brown Bears have two games left before the holiday break. They play against the Alaska Avalanche at the Palmer Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The next home game for the Bears is Jan. 6 at 7:05 p.m. against the Avalanche.

Friday's game

Ice Dogs 4, Brown Bears 3, OT

Kenai River 1 0 2 0 --3

Fairbanks 0 2 1 1 --4

First period -- 1. Kenai River, Granato (Capozza, Walker), 6:45. Penalties -- Kenai River 1 for 2:00; Fairbanks 2 for 4:00.

Second period -- 2. Fairbanks, Linnell (Munson, Spratte), 1:09; 3. Fairbanks, Voigt (Vierling, Hajdukovich), 16:55. Penalties -- Kenai River 4 for 11:00; Fairbanks 6 for 33:00.

Third period -- 4. Kenai River, Duwe (Rial, Lubanski), pp, 1:17; 5. Fairbanks, Vierling (Voigt) 7:59; 6. Kenai River, Persson (Duwe), 10:09. Penalties -- Kenai River 3 for 6:00; Fairbanks 5 for 10:00.

Overtime -- 7. Fairbanks, Kotvan (Spratte), pp, 1:16. Penalties -- none.

Shots on goal -- Kenai River 12-11-14-0--37; Fairbanks 11-8-11-2--32.

Goalies -- Kenai River, Benton (32 shots, 28 saves); Fairbanks, Phillippi (37 shots, 34 saves).

Power plays -- Kenai River 2 for 10; Fairbanks 1 for 6.

Saturday's game

Ice Dogs 4, Brown Bears 2

Kenai River 0 1 1 --2

Fairbanks 2 1 1 --4

First period -- 1. Fairbanks, Levin (Millis, Osborn), 7:58; 2. Fairbanks, Millis (Spratte, Levin), 11:51. Penalties -- Kenai River 1 for 2:00; Fairbanks 2 for 4:00.

Second period -- 3. Fairbanks, Hajdukovich (Levin, Munson), pp, 6:34; 4. Kenai River, Lubanski (Beck, Duwe), pp, 13:01. Penalties -- Kenai River 2 for 4:00; Fairbanks 1 for 2:00.

Third period -- 5. Kenai River, Beck (Huckleby), 1:14; 6. Fairbanks, Linnell (Munson, Hodge), 16:36.

Shots on goal -- Kenai River 6-11-7--24; Fairbanks 7-12-11--30.

Goalies -- Kenai River, Benton (10 shots, 7 saves), Dahlstrom (20 shots, 19 saves); Fairbanks, Perry (24 shots, 22 saves).

Power plays -- Kenai River 1 for 6, Fairbanks 1 for 5.

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