tease

Brown Bears come back to beat Wolverines

The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Anchorage Wolverines 4-2 on Friday in North American Hockey League play at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

The Brown Bears, at 14-9-1-0, remain a point out of first place in the Midwest Division. The Wolverines, at 8-9-3-1, are in sixth place in the eight-team division.

The two teams play again tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the sports complex.

The Bears also got a couple of points in the Club 49 Cup. The Wolverines and Fairbanks Ice Dogs have seven points, while the Bears have three.

Kenai River trailed 2-1 heading to the third period, but exploded for three goals and outshot Anchorage 24-9 on the way to a 41-33 advantage for the game.

“We came out flying,” Kenai River head coach Taylor Shaw said. “We seemed like a team on a mission.”

Garrett Drotts, assisted by Hunter Newhouse and Luke Hause, tied it with 13:28 to play. With 4:32 left, Drotts struck again, assisted by Newhouse. Kotaro Tsutsumi, assisted by Ashton Christman and Drotts, finished the scoring with 2:06 left.

Shaw said his squad did a great job bouncing back from adversity in the third period. He said forward Owen Hanson lost some teeth after taking a puck to the face in the second period, got back in the game after a few minutes, then kept playing even after a tough hit in the third period.

Kenai River went up 1-0 in the first period on a goal by Caleb Huffman, who is from Anchorage. Joe Manning and Hanson assisted.

Just 34 seconds later, Fedya Nikolayenya tied it for Anchorage.

“I thought we came out buzzing around pretty good,” Shaw said. “It was good to capitalize and get a goal, but the problem is we gave up a goal right away and that took the wind out of our sails a bit. It’s a bad habit we have this year.”

In the second period, Kory DiPonio gave Anchorage the advantage headed to the third period.

Nils Wallstrom stopped 31 for the Bears, while Shane Soderwall had 37 saves for the Wolverines.

Friday

Brown Bears 4, Wolverines 2

Anchorage 1 1 0 —2

Kenai River 1 0 3 —4

First period — 1. Kenai River, Huffman (Manning, Hanson), 10:45; 2. Anchorage, Nikolayenya (Reineke, Lyke), 11:19. Penalties — Anchorage 1 for 2:00; Kenai River 1 for 2:00.

Second period — 3. Anchorage, DiPonio (Brown, Soderwall), 9:01. Penalties — Anchorage 1 for 2:00; Kenai River 2 for 4:00.

Third period — 4. Kenai River, Drotts (Newhouse, Hause), 6:32; 5. Kenai River, Drotts (Newhouse), 15:28; 6. Kenai River, Tsutsumi (Christman, Drotts), 17:54. Penalties — Anchorage 6 for 16:00; Kenai River 4 for 12:00.

Shots on goal — Anchorage 13-11-9—33; Kenai River 9-8-24—41.

Goalies — Anchorage, Soderwall (41 shots, 37 saves); Kenai River, Wallstrom (33 shots, 31 saves).

More in Sports

From left, Dain Douthit, Silas Thibodeau, Roman Dunham, Cody Good and Jackson Anding participate in a practice League of Legends match on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022 at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula esports teams ready for state championships

Players contend with changing games, increased pressure, rival rematches

Tela O’Donnell-Bacher and Neldon Gardner hold their plaques after being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame following a duel wrestling meet on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at Soldotna High School in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
A celebration of Kenai Peninsula wrestling

Two storied members of local wrestling community inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame

A great horned owl sits in a tree. (USFWS/Colin Canterbury)
Refuge Notebook: Finding perfection in the imperfect

The new snow brought our refuge manager outside for a morning walk

File
Out of the Office: On Andrews’ legacy

I thought it would be appropriate to rerun my column, originally published on June 5, 2001

Skiers from Kenai, Seward and Soldotna start the girls race during the Turkey Trot on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, at Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna, Alaska.
Kenai boys, SoHi girls clock top finishes at Turkey Trot ski meet

Kenai boys took the top four finishes of the night

Soldotna’s Jacob Strausbaugh tries to turn Palmer’s Kael Salisbury during the 112-pound final at the Lancer Smith Memorial wrestling tournament Saturday, Nov. 19, in Wasilla. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
Soldotna boys roll to Lancer Smith crown

The Soldotna boys wrestling team won the team title Saturday at the… Continue reading

The Kenai River Brown Bears celebrate a third-period goal Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears get 2-game sweep of Wolverines

The Kenai River Brown Bears completed a two-game sweep of the Anchorage… Continue reading

tease
Hockey roundup: Kenai tops Kodiak, Chugiak stops SoHi

The Kenai Central hockey team moved to 2-0 in the Railbelt Conference… Continue reading

tease
Brown Bears come back to beat Wolverines

The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Anchorage Wolverines 4-2 on Friday… Continue reading

Most Read