Kenai River 3 @ Wenatchee 2 (OT)
From Wenatchee reports, photo by Don Seabrook
A 5-minute major penalty late in the third period allowed the Kenai River Brown Bears to conjure an improbable 3-2 overtime victory Saturday over the Wenatchee Wild at the Town Toyota Center.
Shawn Pauly gave the Wild a 1-0 lead 2:10 into the second period when he turned a quick-developing 2-on-1 into his second goal of the series off of Chris Kerr’s pass. Wenatchee went up 2-0 with 5:55 left in regulation on Ben Carey’s second goal of the series. With the Wild short-handed, Carey picked up the puck on a neutral zone turnover and raced in on net on a breakaway. He deked once, scoring on a forehand shot along the ice that he tucked into the cage by the right post.
The 5-minute major against the Wild came with 3:22 left in regulation. Kenai River scored its first goal less than a minute later when Ryan Walker redirected Brett Lubanski’s shot into the Wild net. With an extra attacker on the ice and still on a power play, Alex Frere sent the game to overtime when he scored on a one-timer from the slot off of Lubanski’s pass.
Still up a man, Matt Thompson backhanded a shot over the right shoulder of Wild netminder Greg Lewis :55 seconds into overtime to earn an extra point for the Brown Bears. Lewis made 24 saves on 27 shots. Kenai River goaltender Paul Bourbeau made 28 saves on 30 shots.
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