Kenai River has Fairbanks teetering on NAHL elimination

Posted by Doyle Woody, on April 20, 2013 

The Kenai River Brown Bears have the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on the brink of elimination after rallying with two third-period goals Friday night to earn a 2-1 NAHL playoff victory that earned the Brown Bears a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-5 showdown.

Vincent Stefan and Jacob Davidson scored goals deep into the third period to overcome a second-period goal by Fairbanks' Jayson Angus.

This has been a very tight series, essentially three 2-1 games. Fairbanks won the opener on its home ice last week, 3-1 with an empty-net goal, and Kenai River bounced back for a 2-1 win in Game 2.

Game 4 is tonight in Soldotna, where a crowd of 1,182 gathered Friday. If necessary, Game 5 would be Monday night in Fairbanks.

Goaltending has proved exceptionally stingy in the series. Kenai River's Marcus Zelzer made 23 saves Friday and in three games owns a 1.33 goals-against average and .947 save percentage. Fairbanks' Steve Perry, who stopped 33 shots Friday, owns a 1.68 and .943.

For a rundown on Friday's game, check out our man Jeff Helminiak's story in the Peninsula Clarion.


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