Kenai River evens NAHL playoff series with Fairbanks at 1-1

Doyle Woody,Dwoody@adn.com

The Kenai River Brown Bears snagged home-ice advantage from the Fairbanks Ice Dogs tonight with a 2-1 win in Game 2 of their best-of-5 NAHL first-round playoff series at the Big Dipper in Fairbanks.

Alex Jackstadt's power-play strike midway through the third period proved the game winner.

Kenai River goaltender Marcus Zelzer stopped 29 shots. Fairbanks' Steve Perry made 25 saves.

So, that's essentially two one-goal games in the series so far. Fairbanks won Friday's opener 3-1 on an empty-net goal.

Saturday, the teams traded first-period goals, with Judd Loewenstein opening the scoring for Kenai River and Lawrence Cornellier answered for Fairbanks.

We're gonna take a flyer and say it was a sold-out house again -- attendance was 2,242 for both games at the Big Dipper.

Game 3 is set for Friday night in Soldotna and Game 4 is Saturday night in Soldotna.

If a Game 5 is necessary, it would be Monday, April 22 in Fairbanks.


Doyle Woody, dwoody@adn.com
Anchorage