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.