Wolverines Suffer Friday Night Loss to Kenai River

Anchorage, Alaska |4/7/23 | Isaac Smoldon

The Anchorage Wolverines lost 3-1 to the Kenai River Brown Bears on Friday night in their second to last regular season home game this season. The Wolverines will now need to win all three of their remaining games and have Chippewa lose all three of their remaining games to make the Robertson Cup Playoffs. Eino Rissanen was in net for the Wolverines and made 23 saves in the loss.

The 1st period was back-and-forth with the Brown Bears scoring halfway through the frame, and Anchorage tying it up with two minutes remaining. The Wolverines’ goal came on a Hayden Hennen powerplay wrap around, with Aiden Westin and Jackson Reineke picking up assists.

The game would remain low-scoring in the 2nd, with Kenai River getting the only goal of the period late on the powerplay. Anchorage would not be able to solve Brown Bears’ goaltender Nils Wallstrom through the entirety of the 3rd period, and ultimately an empty net goal by Kenai River ended the game and punched the Brown Bears’ ticket to the playoffs.

Both teams will play each other oncer more this weekend, Saturday night at 7 p.m. AKDT. It will be the final regular season game for the Wolverines at the Ben. Anchorage  will win the Club 49 Cup with a victory in any of their next three games. Tickets are available now at tickets.anchoragewolverines.com, and the live broadcast can be watched exclusively on HockeyTV.

This article has been edited from a previous form that stated that the Wolverines were eliminated from playoff contention. As stated in the first paragraph, Anchorage still has can make the playoffs based off of the NAHL tiebreakers for the regular season

For any questions or media availability, please contact Isaac Smoldon at live@anchoragewolverines.com.

The Anchorage Wolverines are a tier-II USA Hockey Jr. Hockey team competing in the North American Hockey League. The Wolverines are owned by Marissa Flannery and Aaron Schutt, Jena and Jay Frawner, and Kari and John Ellsworth, Jr.