January 26, 2013
Wild fall to Brown Bears in third game of series
WENATCHEE, Wash. – The Kenai River Brown Bears scored a pair of power-play goals Saturday to earn a 2-1 victory over the Wenatchee Wild and avoid a 3-game sweep at the Town Toyota Center.
Kenai River’s Matt Seidel broke a scoreless tie 8:58 into the second period when he scored on a wrist shot from the bottom of the far faceoff circle. Albin Karlsson earned the lone assist.
The Wild knotted the score, 1-1, with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation on Trace Redmond’s (McKinney, Texas) fifth goal of the season. Defenseman Josh Hartley (Coquitlam, British Columbia) set up the goal when he carried the puck down the right wing and threw a perfect, crisp backhand pass to Redmond, who was positioned on the back door for an easy tap in. Evan Schmidbauer (Surrey, British Columbia) also assisted.
Unfortunately for the Wild, Redmond’s goal was only blemish Brown Bear goalie Marcus Zelzer allowed. In all, Zelzer made 35 saves on 36 shots Saturday, capping off an excellent three-game series in which he allowed six goals on 97 shots.
The Brown Bears scored the eventual game-winner just two minutes after Redmond scored the game-tying goal when Alec Butcher knocked in a pass from Seidel during another man-advantage. Karlsson also assisted.
“I was proud of the boys tonight,” said Wild head coach Bliss Littler. “We played hard. I was happy with the effort all around … the pucks are gonna start bouncing our way.”
Kenai River scored two power-play goals on six chances. Wenatchee failed to score on its only power play chance, which came in the first period.
Nick Schmit (Fargo, N.D.) suffered the loss. He made 19 saves on 21 shots.
The Wild (28-7-4) will host West Division rival Fairbanks in a three-game series this week. Game 1 of the series is Thursday at 6:35 p.m. Game 2 is Friday at 7:05 p.m. Game 3, on Saturday, will also begin at 7:05 p.m. Fans can order tickets for the highly anticipated series by calling 509.888.PUCK (7825).