Wild edge Brown Bears in a shootout on Thursday
Wenatchee Wild 4 @ Kenai River Brown Bears 3 - The Wenatchee Wild was back in Alaska Thursday night for the first of three games with the Kenai River Brown Bears, scoring an extra attacker goal in the final minute of regulation, then winning the deciding shootout, to grab a 4-3 win at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Kenai River struck on the power play to open the scoring, on a goal by Frankie Spellman. The assists went to Albin Karlsson and Vincent Stefan at 8:58 of the opening period, putting the Brown Bears on top, 1-0.
Wenatchee tied the game early in the second, banging one home in tight. The goal was scored was David Powlowski assisted by Alex Rauter and Jakob Ahlgren at 8:24, squaring the game at 1-1.
The Wild scored on a rebound to take the lead early in the third. Omar Mullan got the goal, with Troy Loggins and Mitch Demario getting the assists at 2:44, putting Wenatchee on top, 2-1. Kenai River then got a power play goal to tie the game. Jack Gessert scored from Alec Butcher and Tyler Andrews at 7:19, squaring things at 2-2. Another power play goal gave the Brown Bears the lead. Jacob Davidson scored, assisted by Gustav Berglund and Sebastian Fuchs at 10:22, putting Kenai River back on top, 3-2. With the goaltender out, the Wild would tie the game inside the final minute, popping one up in the air and then into the net. Andre Pison scored, assisted by Christian Salvato and Rauter at 19:14, tying the game 3-3 and forcing overtime
Each team had a power play opportunity in the extra period but neither could score, forcing the game into a deciding shootout.
In the shootout, Loggins scored in round one and Matthew Nuttle in round four, while Chase Perry stopped all four shots he faced, giving Wenatchee the extra standings point with the 4-3 win, drawing them within one point of the fourth place Brown Bears.
The Wild outshot Kenai River 49-26. Perry had 23 saves for Wenatchee, while Zach Quinn made 45 stops for the Brown Bears. The Wild went 0-for-3 on the power play and 2-of-5 on the penalty kill.