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Bears drop 2 games to Janesville

The visiting Kenai River Brown Bears dropped a pair of games to the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets on Friday and Saturday in North American Hockey League play.

The Bears lost 6-0 on Friday and 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.

The Jets improve to 15-17-0-1 and are tied for sixth place in the Midwest Division. Kenai River is at 7-22-3-2 and remains in last place in the division.

The Bears now travel back to Alaska for 7:30 p.m. games Friday and Saturday at the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

Kenai River has now been to extra time in six of its last 10 games, but has earned two points in extra time just once in that time.

“I thought we played a lot better than we did last night,” Kenai River interim head coach Taylor Shaw said. “We got more looks on offense and it was nice to see us getting back on track.

“We had a couple Grade A chances in the last minute and a half that we obviously did not capitalize on and it would have been nice to end it there. In overtime and the shootouts, we can’t find a way to get over the hump.”

Early in the extra period, Shaw said the Bears turned the puck over in transition at the blue line, leading to a two-on-one for the Jets. Jan Lasak got the game-winner just 16 seconds into the extra session.

The Bears twice came back from one-goal deficits during regulation.

Ethan Begg starting the scoring in the first period for Janesville, but Kevin Marx Noren, assisted by Bryce Monrean and Nick Stevens, had the game tied by the first intermission.

Janesville again took the lead in the second period, but later in the period Ryan Finch, assisted by Hunter Newhouse and Kris Zapata, tied it for Kenai River.

Tommy Aitken made 28 saves for the Bears, while Owen Millward stopped 30 for the Jets.

Friday, Millward got the shutout on 24 shots for the Jets.

Will Troutwine scored in the first period for Janesville, while Robby Newton lit the lamp in the second period. In the third period, Troutwine, Newton, AJ Casperson and Mack Keryluk finished off the Bears with goals.

Tommy Aitken made 11 saves on 14 shots for the Bears, while Bryant Marks stopped 10 of 13.

Friday

Jets 6, Brown Bears 0

Kenai River 0 0 0 —0

Janesville 1 1 4 —6

First period — 1. Janesville, Troutwine (Kring, Doyle), 8:38. Penalties — Kenai River 1 for 2:00; Janesville 3 for 6:00.

Second period — 2. Janesville, Newton (Casperson, Daul), pp, 19:07. Penalties — Kenai River 4 for 19:00; Janesville 2 for 15:00.

Third period — 3. Janesville, Troutwine (Kring, Gustavsson) 2:37; 4. Janesville, Casperson (LeClerc, Daul), 5:04; 5. Janesville, Newton (Gustavsson, Smekhnow), 8:14; 6. Keryluk (LeClerc, Doyle), 15:25. Penalties — Janesville 2 for 4:00.

Shots on goal — Kenai River 8-7-9—24; Janesville 5-7-15—27.

Goalies — Kenai River, Marks (13 shots, 10 saves), Aitken (14 shots, 11 saves); Janesville, Millward (24 shots, 24 saves).

Power plays — Kenai River 0 for 4; Janesville 1 for 3.

Saturday

Jets 3, Brown Bears 2, OT

Kenai River 1 1 0 0 —2

Janesville 1 1 0 1 —3

First period — 1. Janesville, Begg (Lasak, Mell), 1:08; 2. Kenai River, Marx Noren (Monrean, Stevens), 11:56. Penalties — Kenai River 1 for 2:00; Janesville 2 for 4:00.

Second period — 3. Janesville, Aegerter (Begg, Casperson), 6:00; 4. Kenai River, Finch (Newhouse, Zapata), 14:39. Penalties — Kenai River 2 for 4:00; Janesville 2 for 4:00.

Third period — none. Penalties — Kenai River 3 for 6:00; Janesville 4 for 8:00.

Overtime — 5. Janesville, Lasak (LeClerc, Mell), 0:16. Penalties — Kenai River 1 for 10:00.

Shots on goal — Kenai River 10-12-9-1—32; Janesville 13-9-8-1—31.

Goalies — Kenai River, Aitken (31 shots, 28 saves); Jets, Millward (32 shots, 30 saves).

Power plays — Kenai River 0 for 7; Janesville 0 for 2.

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