Brown Bears to host Jets in 3-game series

The Kenai River Brown Bears continue their chase for the North American Hockey League playoffs with a three-game series against the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets starting tonight at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

The Brown Bears face the Jets at 7 p.m. tonight and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Kenai River has 15 games left to try and make it into the top four in the Midwest Division and make the playoffs. Nine of the remaining games are at home for the Bears.

Janesville (21-16-4-4) is currently clinging to that fourth spot with 50 points, while the Brown Bears (22-20-2-1) are in sixth place with 47 points.

The teams have plenty of close company. The Anchorage Wolverines are in fifth with 48 points and the Chippewa (Wisconsin) Steel are in seventh with 46 points.

The top three in the division are the Wisconsin Windigo with 55, and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Minnesota Wilderness with 53 each.

The Bears are coming off a weekend split with the Ice Dogs, with both games going to overtime.

The Jets are taking a whirlwind trip through Alaska. They lost to Anchorage in overtime Friday, then took an 8-5 loss to the Wolverines on Saturday. Janesville then traveled all the way to Fairbanks to play a game Tuesday, storming to a 5-1 win.

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