tease

Bears shut out Jr. Blues

The Kenai River Brown Bears went on the road to defeat the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues 6-0 on Thursday in North American Hockey League play.

Kevin Marx Noren had a hat trick of power-play goals for the Bears, while Cole Dubicki had two goals and two assists. Dubicki now has 18 points in his last seven games and 34 points in 27 games this season. He is suddenly tied for fourth in the league in points.

“He’s putting himself in a good spot to put the puck in the back of the net or dish the puck,” Kenai River interim head coach Taylor Shaw said. “It’s also that the guys around him are buying in and I think he’d probably say the same thing. The unit as a whole is working well and he’s reaping the rewards for team success.”

The Bears improve to 7-19-1-0 and remain in last place in the Midwest Division, but the Bears are 4-3-1-0 since Shaw took over as interim head coach. The Jr. Blues are 18-9-1-1 and remain in second place in the Midwest Division.

“They’re the ones putting the skates on,” Shaw said. “There’s a belief in the room they want to prove to the league that they were wrong about us. Kudos to them for continuing to go to work every day.”

The Bears play the Jr. Blues at 4:05 p.m. AKST today and 3:05 p.m. AKST Saturday before leaving for Christmas break.

“We’ll enjoy the next 30 minutes but we’re still on a business trip,” Shaw said. “We’ve got to keep going to work tomorrow.”

Dubicki got the Bears off to a quick start, scoring twice in the first period for a 2-0 lead headed to the second. One goal was unassisted, the other assisted by Gramm McCormack.

Marx Noren then had the only two goals of the second period, both on the power play. The first was assisted by David Vieten and Dubicki, the second was assisted by Caden Triggs and Dubicki.

“He can shoot the one-timer when you get him the puck for sure,” Shaw said of Marx Noren.

In the third period, McCormack scored on assists from Bryce Monrean and Caleb Huffman. Marx Noren then completed his hat trick on an assist from Triggs.

Tommy Aitken got the win and shutout in net for the Bears. Ethan Robertson gave up four goals for the Jr. Blues, while Aksel Reid gave up two goals in relief.

“He made some big kick saves throughout the game to keep us in it,” Shaw said. “He’d make a big kick save and the team would make sure he didn’t have to make a second or a third.”

Thursday

Brown Bears 6, Jr. Blues 0

Kenai River 2 2 2 —6

Springfield 0 0 0 —0

First period — 1. Kenai River, Dubicki (McCormack), 3:46; 2. Kenai River, Dubicki (un.), 17:59. Penalties — none.

Second period — 3. Kenai River, Marx Noren (Vieten, Dubicki), pp, 0:36; 4. Kenai River, Marx Noren (Triggs, Dubicki), pp, 4:41. Penalties — Kenai River 3 for 17:00; Springfield 2 for 4:00.

Third period — 5. Kenai River, McCormack (Monrean, Huffman), 11:41; 6. Kenai River, Marx Noren (Triggs), pp, 17:43. Penalties — Kenai River 2 for 4:00; Springfield 5 for 10:00.

More in Sports

Trenton Ohnemus (27) drove in Derrick Jones (8) with the winning run for the American Legion Post 20 Twins against Dimond Lynx Post 21 on Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Saturday: Twins sweep doubleheader from Dimond

The American Legion Post 20 Twins swept a doubleheader from Dimond Lynx… Continue reading

tease
Saturday: Oilers shut out Chinooks at Showcase

The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks 1-0 on Saturday at… Continue reading

tease
Friday: Oilers topple Pilots at Showcase

The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 4-0 on Friday at… Continue reading

Head coach Taylor Shaw (center) talks to the Kenai River Brown Bears during a timeout at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska, on Saturday, March 23, 2024. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears take 8 in NAHL Draft; league schedule released

The start of the North American Hockey League season seems closer with… Continue reading

The field of Late Models slide through a turn Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, at Twin City Raceway in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Joey Klecka/Peninsula Clarion)
Results posted for Circle Track Division race

The Twin City Raceway - Circle Track Division held its second race… Continue reading

tease
Thursday: Miners cruise past Oilers again

The Mat-Su Miners defeated the Peninsula Oilers 10-1 on Thursday in Alaska… Continue reading

tease
Oilers topple Pilots for 1st victory of season

The Peninsula Oilers defeated the Anchorage Glacier Pilots 3-1 on Wednesday at… Continue reading

Allie Ostrander is presented her award by Stacia Rustad at the Alaska High School Hall of Fame's Class of 2023 induction ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at The Lakefront Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska. (Screenshot)
Ostrander wins tuneup race for Olympic Trials

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central, set a new personal… Continue reading

tease
Tuesday: Oilers-Chinooks game rained out

Former Oilers pitcher Thorpe makes solid big league debut, but former Oilers pitcher Woo doesn’t make scheduled start

Most Read