WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild entered the third period with a one-goal lead and a chance to upset division foe Kenai River on Sunday at Town Toyota Center.
Wenatchee had a chance to snap their losing streak but instead gave up three goals in the final period of play and fell 4-3 to cap a three-game home series against the Brown Bears. The Wild are now 5-8-2 overall and have lost six straight — three of the last four setbacks have been by one goal.
Wenatchee jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period. Ryan Gotelaere scored off an assist from Troy Loggins and Parker Tuomie and Trey Bradley followed that up with one of his own three minutes later off an assist from River Rymsha and Loggins.
But the Brown Bears kept their composure and chipped into the lead by scoring the lone goal of the second period. They sank the game-tying shot on a shorthanded goal early in the third period and claimed a 3-2 advantage with just over six minutes left in regulation.
Chris Jones re-tied the contest at 3-3 with a power play goal off an assist from Chris Koukis and Gotelaere, but Kenai River buried a go-ahead goal with less than two minutes left to play, which sealed its victory, as well as a three-game road sweep over the Wild.
Wenatchee returns to play this weekend with a doubleheader against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Game one is slated for 7:05 p.m. Friday at Town Toyota Center.