The visiting Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 4-2 on Sunday at the Breezy Point Hockey Center in Minnesota.
The Bears also lost Saturday to the Jets in Breezy Point, which is Kenai River’s home until the Bears return to Alaska.
The Jets move to first place in the Midwest Division with 30 points and a 14-7-2-0 record. Minnesota is in second place with 28 points, while the Bears are in third with a 12-14-1-1 record and 26 points.
Kenai River, which is finishing up a busy portion of its schedule, has played 28 games, while the Jets have 23 and the Magicians have 19. The Brown Bears are now off until March 9, when they host the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in Breezy Point.
Just like Saturday, the Bears fell into a hole Sunday and never were able to get out. By 5:22 into the second period, Janesville had a 2-0 lead.
With 8:27 left in the second, Daymin Dodge got the Bears to 2-1, but less than a minute later Janesville went back up 3-1.
With 56 seconds left in the second period, Theo Thrun cut it to 3-2 headed to the third.
The Jets had the lone goal of the third period.
Riley Sims saved 36 for the Jets, while Luke Pavicich stopped 36 for the Bears.
Jets 4, Brown Bears 2
Janesville 1 2 1 —4
Kenai River 0 2 0 —2
First period — 1. Janesville, Leyer (Lapointe), 8:27. Penalties — none.
Second period — 2. Janesville, Schoen (Thompson, Middleton), 5:22; 3. Kenai River, Dodge (Morgan, Winters), 11:33; 4. Janesville, Leyer (Lapointe), 12:18; 5. Kenai River, Thrun (Hill, Helgeson), 19:04. Penalties — Janesville 1 for 2:00.
Third period — 6. Janesville, Hottmann (Casperson), 17:44. Penalties — Janesville 2 for 4:00; Kenai River 3 for 6:00.
Shots on goal — Janesville 14-15-11—40; Kenai River 12-13-13—38.
Goalies — Janesville, Sims (38 shots, 36 saves); Kenai River, Pavicich (40 shots, 36 saves).
Power plays — Janesville 0 for 3; Kenai River 0 for 3.