Kenai River Brown Bears forward Laudon Poellinger jumps on the boards to celebrate his first-period goal against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs with Brandon Lajoie and Ryan Reid at the Soldotna Sports Center in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Laudon Poellinger jumps on the boards to celebrate his first-period goal against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs with Brandon Lajoie and Ryan Reid at the Soldotna Sports Center in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Jets defeat Brown Bears

Staff report

The visiting Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 3-2 on Saturday in North American Hockey League action.

The game was at the Breezy Point Hockey Center, which is the Bears’ home ice until they return to the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Janesville, at 13-7-2-0, has 28 points and is tied for first place in the Midwest Division. The Bears, at 12-13-1-1, have 26 points and are in second in the division.

Janesville got out to a 3-0 lead, scoring twice in the first period and once in the third period, before Kenai River fought back.

Brandon McNamara and Laudon Poellinger had the Bears within 3-2 with 9:11 to play, but Kenai River could not find the equalizer.

Saturday

Janesville 2 0 1 —3

Kenai River 0 0 2 —2

First period — 1. Janesville, Middleton (Destefani, Ott), pp, 9:11; 2. Janesville, Bartecko (Newton, Destefani), 10:06. Penalties — Janesville 3 for 6:00; Kenai River 3 for 6:00.

Second period — none. Penalties — Janesville 5 for 18:00; Kenai River 3 for 14:00.

Third period — 3. Janesville, Hottmann (Newton), 3:43; 4. Kenai River, McNamara (Veri, Lajoie), pp, 8:12; 5. Kenai River, Poellinger (un.), sh, 10:49. Penalties — Janesville 5 for 10:00; Kenai River 3 for 6:00.

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