Jets defeat Brown Bears in shootout

The visiting Kenai River Brown Bears lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets on Thursday in North American Hockey League play.

The Bears stay in Janesville today and Saturday for games at 4 p.m. AKST.

Kenai River rolled up a 45-25 advantage on shots and came back from a 3-1 deficit after the first period, but in the end the Bears had one point to show for the effort.

Kenai River has gone to extra time in five of its last eight games, but has only came out of the extra play with two points once during that stretch.

“It’s tough,” Kenai River interim head coach Taylor Shaw said. “You can look at it two ways. It’s nice to get points on the road, but it also leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. Hopefully, we can come back and start turning one into two.”

Shaw did say his team looked a lot better after taking 5-2 and 6-1 losses to the Minnesota Magicians coming out of Christmas break.

Janesville is 13-17-0-1, good for seventh place in the Midwest Division, while the Bears are in last place at 7-21-2-2.

The Jets got goals from AJ Casperson, Arsenii Smekhnow and Cy LeClerc in the first period, while the Bears got a Bryce Monrean goal, assisted by Gramm McCormack and Cole Dubicki. Shaw said allowing two goals in the last minute of the period was costly.

Kenai River then used special teams to claw its way back into the game.

In the second period, Kaden Hjelm, assisted by Carter Green and Kevin Marx Noren, scored. With 3:28 left in regulation, Caden Triggs, assisted by Dubicki and Marx Noren, tied up the game. Dubicki is now third in the league with 40 points.

Kenai River has been on a roll with the power play lately.

“I think the biggest change is we are getting to better spots in front of the net where guys can be more effective,” Shaw said of the power play.

In the shootout, the first three players missed for both teams. After Marx Noren missed in the fourth round for Kenai River, Jan Lasak got the game-winner for the Jets.


Jets 4, Brown Bears 3, SO

Kenai River 1 1 1 0 0 —3

Janesville 3 0 0 0 1 —4

First period — 1. Janesville, Casperson (Keryluk, Kring), 6:35; 2. Kenai River, Monrean (McCormack, Dubicki), 11:10; 3. Janesville, Smekhnov (Gustavsson, Newton), 19:01; 4. Janesville, LeClerc (Troutwine), 19:35. Penalties — none.

Second period — 5. Kenai River, Hjelm (Green, Marx Noren), pp, 12:14. Penalties — Kenai River 3 for 6:00; Janesville 3 for 6:00.

Third period — 6. Kenai River, Triggs (Dubicki, Marx Noren), pp, 16:22. Penalties — Kenai River 1 for 2:00; Janesville 1 for 2:00.

Shots on goal — Kenai River 16-13-13-3—45; Janesville 7-6-9-3—25.

Goalies — Kenai River, Aitken (25 shots, 22 saves); Janesville, D’Orazio (45 shots, 42 saves).

Power plays — Kenai River 2 for 3; Janesville 0 for 4.

More in Sports

Ninilchik boys, SoHi girls, Homer boys win at Shootout

The Palmer and Soldotna girls, and Ninilchik and Homer boys, picked up… Continue reading

Camille Botello and Benito hike in Denali National Park on Sept. 18, 2021. (Ashlyn O’Hara)
Out of the Office: Furry friend

Adventuring in Alaska has been much better with my fur buddy. Moving… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Koda Norbeck and Soldotna's Gehret Medcoff battle for the puck Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
SoHi hockey tops Kenai in overtime

Staff report Soldotna’s Gehret Medcoff scored 53 seconds into overtime to give… Continue reading

The Kenai National Moose Range's three LeTourneau crushers off of Mystery Creek Road, March 14, 1978. (Photo provided by USFWS)
Refuge Notebook: Forest regeneration efforts benefit moose on wildlife refuge

From time to time, we reshare past Refuge Notebook articles. We selected… Continue reading

Schedule set for Al Howard Shootout

The schedule for The Revolution Sport and Spine Therapy Al Howard Shootout… Continue reading

Homer's Sydney Shelby fights for a rebound between Nikiski's Shelby Burman and Rylee Ellis on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer girls, Nikiski boys notch wins

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion The Homer girls and Nikiski boys basketball… Continue reading

Eventual race winner Morgan Aldridge leads Carly Reimer and Amy Anderson at the Ski for Women on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at Tsalteshi Trails. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Sterling’s Aldridge takes 5th in triathlon

Sterling’s Morgan Aldridge finished fifth in the women’s race at the 2022… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Tommy Aitken makes a save against the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears have first winning streak of season

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion The Kenai River Brown Bears used their… Continue reading

Hoops roundup: Seward girls notch first win of season

The host Seward girls basketball team defeated Unalaska 48-29 on Saturday in… Continue reading

Most Read