Kenai River, Fairbanks tied for NAHL Midwest lead

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

The Kenai River Brown Bears, who swept a pair of thrillers against visiting Corpus Christi this weekend -- they won 4-3 in OT tonight after winning a shootout 1-0 Friday -- are tied with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs atop the NAHL's Midwest Division. Kenai River has played one fewer game.

Kenai River is 9-3-0 for 18 points and perennial power Fairbanks is 9-4-0 for 18 points.

Kenai River goaltender Zach Quinn stopped 22 shots in regulation and overtime, and all five Corpus Christi shooters in the skills competition, to backstop tonight's win. He's 7-2-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. Kenai River's Alec Butcher of Anchorage continues to lead the league in scoring with 6-9--15 totals in 12 games. He's also +8. 

Kenai River won Friday when Vincent Stefan (one goal, one helper) struck about halfway through OT.

Fairbanks fell 2-1 to visiting Coulee Region tonight when Coulee's Mac Jansen scored with 1:35 left in regulation. The Ice Dogs won 3-1 Friday (with an ENG) courtesy of 24 saves from Patrick Munson. He's 3-1-0 with a 1.26 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.