The Kenai River Brown Bears lost a 5-3 decision to the Minnesota Magicians on Friday in a North American Hockey League game at Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.
The Brown Bears will wrap up their season by taking on the Magicians tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Sports Complex.
Both teams will miss the playoffs. The Magicians are 25-22-6-3, good for sixth in the Midwest Division, while the Bears are last in the division at 13-40-3-2 and have seen their current losing streak s extend to nine.
Nick Stevens, aided by Kaden Hjelm and Sean Henry, put the Bears in place with a power-play goal in the first, but Tyler Grahme tied for Minnesota who headed in the second. In the second, Will Schumacher and Chris Kernan scored for Minnesota for a 3-1 run to the third.
Hunter Newhouse, assisted by Kenai’s Max Marquette and Parker Lockwood, cut the lead to 3-2 just 3 minutes into the third period. After Kernan made it 4-2, Nick Ostbloom, assisted by Carson Triggs and Barak Braslavski, put the Bears within a goal with 6:16 left in the game.
Mason Campbell froze the game for Minnesota with an empty net goal.
Josh Langford stopped 41 for the Magicians, while Bryant Marks saved 43 for the Bears.