If this past weekend was any indication, the West Division playoffs are going to a battle until the end. Case in point was the Kenai River Brown Bears three-game home sweep of the Wenatchee Wild. The wins moved the Brown Bears two games over the .500 mark and forward Brad Duwe, 20, had a big hand in the wins. The local native of Soldotna, Alaska, has been with the Brown Bears for the better part of three seasons, but it wasn’t until recently that he got healthy and back into the grove of playing the type of hockey the 6’2/203 lbs. forward is capable of. Duwe totaled six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the three wins and was a +3. After going scoreless on Thursday, Duwe’s big game came on Friday in which he had 2 goals and 3 assists in a 7-5 win. In the final game of the series, he picked up another assist in a 4-2 win. “Brad has been with us a while and is such an important part of this team,” said Brown Bears head coach Oliver David. “When he is healthy and playing at 100% he has the capability of being a point per game guy and a guy that is a legitimate NCAA Division I prospect. The key now will be making sure his solid play is consistent in the playoffs.”

2nd Star: Evan McCarthy, goaltender, Kenai River Brown Bears