The Kenai River Brown Bears lost control of their fate tonight.
Their 7-3 regular season-ending road loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs means they will not know if they get the final playoff berth up for grabs in the NAHL's Midwest Division until Sunday. The Brown Bears sit fourth currently with 64 points. But Coulee Region, with 63 points, closes the regular season Sunday by entertaining the Minnesota Magicians, last in the division.
A Coulee Region win or loss in OT or a shootout will tie it with Kenai River at 64 points, but the Chill would gain the final playoff spot by virtue of having more wins.
Kenai River forward Conor Deal of Anchorage tweeted before the game -- "We will win tonight'' -- and he scored two goals.
But Fairbanks, the league's regular-season champion, has owned the Brown Bears all season. The Ice Dogs got two goals from Lonnie Clary and three assists each from Colton Wolter and Ross Olsson.
Now all the Brown Bears can do is wait, and hope the Minnesota Magicians end their season with a bang.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com