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Kenai River uses early goal to top Wenatchee, 3-1
Story by Narrative Science.
Alec Butcher scored the go-ahead goal in the first period, and the Kenai River Brown Bears held off the challenges of the Wenatchee Wild in a tough 3-1 win.Butcher provided Kenai River with the game-winning tally when he scored 11:33 into the the first period. Albin Karlsson picked up the assist.
Tyler Andrews had two goals and one assist to lead the Brown Bears. Andrews scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 15:26 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Kenai River. A head contact penalty on River Rymsha had put Kenai River on the power play. Sebastian Fuchs provided the assist. Andrews' next tally on the power play made the score 3-1 Kenai River with 9:32 left in the second period. The Brown Bears had taken the advantage when Wenatchee's Rymsha got sent off for slashing. Butcher assisted on the tally.
Kenai River was led by goalie Zach Quinn, who finished with 32 saves while allowing one goal. Quinn managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 2.0 prior to the game.
Team's forwards weren't the only contributers offensively, and the team's defensemen showcased their scoring touch with two goals.
Kenai River also got points from Butcher, who also racked up one goal and two assists.
Team could not crack the Brown Bears' penalty kill and was held to one power play goal while having nine opportunities to play with the man advantage. The Wild's offense rang up 33 shots on Kenai River's net.
Wenatchee was led by David Powlowski, who scored the team's only goal. Powlowski scored on the power play 7:49 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Kenai River. The Wild earned a power play opportunity when Brad LeLievre was put in the box for holding. Matthew Nuttle picked up the assist.
The Brown Bears incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors. Mackenzie Sawyer recorded 22 saves for Wenatchee. The Wild incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with eight minors.