Tuesday was draft day in the United States Hockey League (USHL), and a franchise-record four Kenai River players made the cut to various teams.
For the second straight night, the Kenai River Brown Bears had to skate extra. The difference was the Bears got a victory out of Saturday's extra skating. After a frustrating 3-2 loss to the Janesville (Wis.
The Kenai River Brown Bears acquired forward Jordan Paine just before Wednesday's North American Hockey League trade deadline. Paine, at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, comes to the Brown Bears from the Texas Tornado.
"This was a painful loss," said a fan as he was leaving the game between the Kenai River Brown Bears and Janesville (Wis.) Jets on Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center. "I want to hear them talk about the pain. I want to read about the pain!" The fan should have stayed to watch Brown Bears coach Oliver David bring his team out after the 3-2 loss for some extra skating. There was pain aplenty. The snake has no skin left to bite. Visiting goalies are so hot it's a wonder there's any ice left in the sports center. The Bears have lost their fifth straight game.
Just one month into the season, the Kenai River Brown Bears have already had one player commit to an NCAA Division I school, and two other players nab North American Hockey League West Division Star of the Week honors.
The Brown Bears topped the Fresno (Calif.) Monsters in dramatic fashion Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center, earning a 5-4 win in overtime.
As the Kenai River Brown Bears get set to face the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center, Brett Lubanski and Jesse Ramsey sign with colleges. Former Bears player Mathias Dahlstrom also signs.
Jacob Barber scored twice as the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 3-1 on Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The loss drops the Bears to fifth place in the division.
The Kenai River Brown Bears dropped Friday and Saturday games to the Wenatchee (Wash.) Wild to fall three points out of a playoff spot.
Off to a strong start already, the Brown Bears recently welcomed Brandon Fisher and Ryan Walker, the team's rookie of the year in 2010-11, back to the fold. Kenai River hosts the Alaska Avalanche on Friday and Saturday.
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