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Kenai River's comeback falls short, Austin wins 5-3
Story by Narrative Science.
The Kenai River Brown Bears almost clawed their way back from a three-goal deficit, but the Austin Bruins managed to pull out a 5-3 win in the end.
Austin led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Bruins' Guillaume Leclerc's scored at 17:28 in the second period to put Austin up 4-1.
The Bruins got the win thanks to a great game by Leclerc, who had two goals and one assist. Leclerc scored the first of his two goals at 4:52 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Austin. Trey Dodd picked up the assist. Leclerc's next tally made the score Austin with 2:32 left in the second period. Josh Bretner provided the assist.
Austin was often in penalty trouble, totaling eight minors and one major for 21 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 16.0 minutes per game the Bruins had been spending in the box. Austin's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Kenai River power plays. Kenai River was unable to stop the Bruins from sending pucks towards the net, and Austin eventually piled up 31 shots on goal.
The Brown Bears stifled the Bruins' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Kenai River struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 19 penalty minutes for three opposing power plays.
The Brown Bears were helped by Frankie Spellman, who tallied one goal. Spellman scored 15:07 into the third period to make the score 4-3 Austin. Nathan Colwell assisted on the tally. Kenai River also got points from Albin Karlsson, who also grabbed one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Kenai River also got a goal from Christian Luiten as well. More assists for Kenai River came via Zack Zulkanycz, who had one.
Austin's Nicholas Lehr stopped 21 shots out of the 24 that he faced. Zach Quinn made 26 saves for Kenai River on 30 shots.