Steel take down Brown Bears

The Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 5-1 on Thursday in North American Hockey League action at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

The Brown Bears saw a two-game winning streak snapped, but remain in first place in the Midwest Division at 11-5-1-0. The Steel are 10-6-0-0 and in third place in the division.

The same two teams play Friday and Saturday at the sports complex at 7:30 p.m.

In hockey, giving up goals in the first or last two minutes of any period is considered a cardinal sin. The Bears gave up four such goals Thursday.

“We actually came out in a good spot and earned two opportunities on the power play,” Kenai River head coach Taylor Shaw said. “After that, we couldn’t get going again.”

Sam Rice scored with 2:29 left in the first period, then Kazumo Sasaki scored with 1:28 left.

When J.J. Grainda scored 1:08 into the second period, the Steel were suddenly up 3-0.

“We had quite a few chances, especially in the second period,” Shaw said. “They were chances that had been going in the last month and a half.”

With 23 seconds left in the second period, Noah Grolnic put the Steel up 4-0.

With 1:48 left in the game, Bryce Monrean, assisted by Kotaro Tsutsumi and Noah Holt, was able to break up the shutout. But Jackson Bisson scored with 34 seconds left for Chippewa.

“Chippewa played hard,” Shaw said. “They have a ton of skill. They zipped the puck around and looked good on the big ice.”

Carter Wishart saved 29 for the Steel. For the Bears, Nils Wallstrom saved 4 of 7 and Bryant Marks stopped 12 of 14.


Steel 5, Brown Bears 1

Chippewa 2 2 1 —5

Kenai River 0 0 1 —1

First period — 1. Chippewa, Rice (Sylvester, Grainda), 17:31; 2. Chippewa, Sasaki (Nielsen), 18:32. Penalties — Chippewa 2 for 4:00.

Second period — 3. Chippewa, Grainda (Sylvester), 1:08; 4. Chippewa, Grolnic (Bisson), 19:37. Penalties — Chippewa 2 for 12:00; Kenai River 2 for 14:00.

Third period — 5. Kenai River, Monrean (Tsutsumi, Holt), 18:12; 6. Chippewa, Bisson (Sasaki), 19:26. Penalties — none.

Shots on goal — Chippewa 5-10-6—21; Kenai River 8-11-11.

Goalies — Chippewa, Wishart (30 shots, 29 saves); Kenai River, Wallstrom (7 shots, 4 saves), Marks (14 shots, 12 saves).

More in Sports

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Nils Wallstrom celebrates winning a shootout over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears sweep Ice Dogs, move into 3rd place

The Kenai River Brown Bears earned a two-game sweep over the Fairbanks… Continue reading

Bears top Dogs, move into 4th place

The Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4-3 on… Continue reading

Kenai girls take 4th, Kenai boys take 6th at state

The Kenai Central girls basketball team took fourth place and the Kardinals… Continue reading

Chad Anderson of Kasilof and Allie Ostrander guide Everett Anderson, 3, to the finish line Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Salmon Run Series at Tsalteshi Trails. Getting the free ride on Chad’s shoulders is Ben Anderson, 2. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Ostrander, Gemmell make Alaska High School Hall of Fame

Allie Ostrander, a 2015 graduate of Kenai Central High School, and Joshua… Continue reading

Kenai Central High School esports players participate in a practice match of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ahead of a scheduled game at Kenai Central High School in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Esports Week 6: Nikiski is 1st local team to earn playoff spot

Each of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s esports teams had a… Continue reading

Kenai girls, boys move to 4th-place games

The Kenai girls and boys basketball teams both notched victories Friday at… Continue reading

Bears host Ice Dogs, renew fight for playoff spot

The Kenai River Brown Bears begin a two-game series with the Fairbanks… Continue reading

The sun shines over Kachemak Bay on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, in Homer, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Out of the Office: Homer holiday

On one of the first sunny days this month, I decided to… Continue reading

Kenai girls, boys lose state openers

The Kenai girls and boys basketball teams lost their opening games at… Continue reading

Most Read