Comeback Falls Short as Jets Drop Consecutive Games to Kenai River

By Calvin Bush (@calvin_bush24) | Jan 24, 2022 | 4:45 pm

SOLDOTNA, AK — Despite a late rally in the third period, the Jets dropped their series finale against the Kenai River Brown Bears on Sunday to hit their first streak of two losses in over a month. The Brown Bears scored eight power-play goals in 15 opportunities in the three-game series win, and a total of 89 penalty minutes were shared between the two in three games. The Jets managed a power-play goal in each game during the weekend.

The Brown Bears scored the game’s opening goal all three nights, and Sunday featured them getting ahead going into the second period following two PPGs from Nick Stevens and Hunter Newhouse at 12:10 and 18:08, respectively.

At 4:48 of the middle frame, Jonah Aegerter got the Jets on the board with his 11th goal of the year, with Cal Mell and Jimmy Doyle adding assists.

The one-goal deficit disappeared quickly after Kevin Marx Noren deposited his 13th goal while on the power play four minutes later that gave Kenai River another cushion heading into the third.

Attempting to seal the deal, Carter Cloutier added the Brown Bears’ final goal halfway through the third, making it 4-1.

Janesville found themselves on the power play just a minute later, and Robby Newton found the back of the net to keep the game within reach. Newton’s 11th goal of the year had helpers from AJ Casperson and Aegerter.

The remaining seven and a half minutes saw clean play with surprisingly no penalties called, a shock with how the previous two contests played out, and no other goals scored. The Jets made a strong push with 17 shots on net in the third period and 47 total over 60 minutes, but couldn’t find a breakthrough and fell 4-2.

The consecutive losses are the first for the Jets since December 17-18, a pair of home games against the division-leading Fairbanks Ice Dogs with losses of 6-4 and 4-1.

Other than the Jets’ winning streak of six games coming to an end, the story of the weekend was relatively clear: penalties. As mentioned above, a total of 89 penalty minutes headlined the three-game series, with the league’s best power play in the Kenai River Brown Bears taking full advantage of the extra opportunities.

It certainly wasn’t the cleanest outing for either squad, but it provides a bit of a humbling experience for the Jets at least, heading into one more series in Alaska this season.

BOX SCORE

Around the Division

FRIDAY SCORES

Chippewa Steel 2 @ Springfield Jr. Blues 5

Minnesota Magicians 3 @ Minnesota Wilderness 5

Fairbanks Ice Dogs 1 @ Anchorage Wolverines 8

SATURDAY SCORES

Chippewa Steel 2 @ Springfield Jr. Blues 5

Minnesota Wilderness 7 @ Minnesota Magicians 0

Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3 @ Anchorage Wolverines 4 (F/OT)

STANDINGS

Place Team GP Record Pts
1 Fairbanks Ice Dogs 39 25-12-1-1 52
2 Springfield Jr. Blues 35 24-9-1-1 50
3 Anchorage Wolverines 36 21-12-3-0 45
4 MN Wilderness 38 19-18-1-0 39
5 MN Magicians 37 17-16-3-1 38
6 Chippewa Steel 37 17-18-0-2 36
7 Janesville Jets 37 17-19-0-1 35
8 Kenai River Brown Bears 39 9-25-3-2 23
Coming Up

The Anchorage Wolverines are in the on-deck circle, and they’re fresh out of a pair of monster wins from home ice against the Ice Dogs. Their series started with an 8-1 beatdown, followed by the series-clinching overtime victory, 4-3.

The home team got the best of the Jets the last time they visited the Ben Boeke Ice Arena; just before Halloween on October 29 and 30, the Wolverines swept the Jets with authority after winning both games by four goals (6-2, 7-3). Of course, those two came in Alaska three months ago, and the more recent matchups provide a different outlook on the looming two games.

The Jets took two of three from the Hangar on New Years’ weekend with a 4-0 shutout to open the set of games and a New Years Day thriller, complete with fireworks (on the ice, at least) in a 4-3 overtime win. The Jets were a much different team between the Halloween scaries and the New Year festivities. The same could be said entering this weekend, with the Jets on their recent stretch of success, and the Wolverines have won three of their last four. Anchorage had a two-week-long break following one game on January 8 and just returned to action last weekend. The two games will be the last during the regular season against the Wolverines.

Jets @ Wolverines | Fri Jan 28 | 10:07pm CST

Jets @ Wolverines | Sun Jan 30 | 7:00pm CST


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