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Kenai River beats Coulee Region 3-2 after comeback scare

Soldotna Sports Center    Sat, Oct 05, 2013

The Kenai River Brown Bears survived a determined comeback attempt by the Coulee Region Chill on the way to a 3-2 win.

Kenai River took a 3-1 lead during the second period, only to have Coulee Region storm back on a Jake Zeleznikar goal 4:44 into the third period to pull to one goal down.

The Brown Bears were led by Zack Zulkanycz, who grabbed one goal. Zulkanycz scored 18:56 into the second period to make the score Kenai River. Matt Rudin picked up the assist.

Kenai River was often in penalty trouble, totaling 12 minors and one major for 49 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 17.0 minutes per game the Brown Bears had been spending in the box. Kenai River put 37 shots on net during the contest, more than the 29.9 it averages per game.

Kenai River also got a goal from Sebastian Fuchs as well. Other players who recorded assists for Kenai River were Jake Bushey, Alec Butcher, Albin Karlsson, Brody Decker, and Sam Bratten, who contributed one a piece.

The Chill racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with 12 minors and one major for 49 minutes in penalty time. Coulee Region had been averaging 26.0 minutes in penalties per game. The Chill excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in five chances.

Coulee Region was helped by Eddie Matsushima, who tallied one goal. Matsushima scored 16:37 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Matthew Montemurro provided the assist. More assists for Coulee Region came via Adam Lovick, who had one.

Zach Quinn made 24 saves for the Brown Bears on 26 shots. Kenai River ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Karlsson was ejected from the game. Blake Cates recorded 34 saves for the Chill. Coulee Region registered one goal on five power play opportunities. For the Chill, Ondrej Zehnal was ejected from the game.