This weekend’s series will be the first between the two since the North American Hockey League added the Wolverines to join their other Alaskan natives, the Kenai River Brown Bears, and Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The Jets (3-8-0-1) finished their long stretch of games in Minnesota that featured the team making three consecutive trips to the state but will now have two more even further north before coming back home.
Last weekend’s series against the Wilderness did not favor Janesville, as they were swept out of Cloquet, capped off by a lopsided 6-3 loss on Saturday. “They [Wilderness] play very well at home, they’re an opportunistic team, and we just gave them too many chances,” said Jets head coach Parker Burgess after the series loss. “We fought hard both nights, we showed some promising signs in our game, and I don’t think we’re that far off. We addressed some things during the week, and we’re hoping to see the results this weekend in Anchorage.”
The Wolverines (7-4-1-0) are coming off an impressive home series win against the division-leading Springfield Jr. Blues, a three-game set that saw Anchorage win the first and last games, 6-2 and 4-1, respectively. They have won four of their previous five games and sit in 6th in the jam-packed Midwest Division standings.
Goal scoring has been no issue for Anchorage, as they place 4th in the NAHL in goals per game (3.75) and have one of the top scorers in the league. Rookie forward Talon Sigurdson ranks fourth in the NAHL in overall scoring (17P), first in goals (13), and third in overall scoring among rookies. The Sartell, Minnesota native, has seven goals in his last four games.
Another rookie paving the way for Anchorage is goaltender Raythan Robbins. In six games so far, he’s posted a 5-0-1 record, .921 save percentage, and seventh-best goals-against average in the league at 2.14. The Wolverines have patented a dependable recipe for success and sit comfortably in the middle of the division in their first year in the league.
Jets forwards Cy LeClerc (7-4-11) and William Gustavsson (4-7-11) remain as two of the league’s top-scoring rookies (8th), and Will Troutwine (2-7-9) recorded an assist during the series in Minnesota to stay near the top of the list in scoring for defensemen (T-4th).
The first Alaska trip for the Jets starts tonight with, yes, a very late puck drop at 10:07 CT. We suggest coffee or energy drinks to assist in keeping up with the series. If you are staying up with us, you can catch the action on HockeyTV or follow live updates on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Record: 3-8-0-1 (7th, Midwest)
Road Record: 2-6-0-0
Goals For/Game: 3.25 (14th)
Goals Against/Game: 4.42 (28th)
Shots For/Game: 29 (20th)
Shots Against/Game: 29.08 (10th)
Power Play: 15% (20th)
Penalty Kill: 57.8% (29th)
Top Scorers: F Jan Lasak (11GP—7G-6A—13PTS); F Cy LeClerc (12GP—7G-4A—11PTS); F William Gustavsson (12GP—4G-7A—11PTS)
Goaltenders: Owen Millward (3-2-0-0; 4.23 GAA; .854 SV%); Michael D’Orazio (0-4-0-1; 3.94 GAA; .870 SV%)
Rostered Commitments: F Keaton Peters (Northern Michigan); F Robby Newton (Wisconsin); F Grayden Daul (Wisconsin); F Jonah Aegerter (St. Cloud State)
Record: 7-4-1-0 (6th, Midwest)
Home Record: 2-2-1-0
Goals For/Game: 3.75 (4th)
Goals Against/Game: 2.75 (10th)
Shots For/Game: 32.33 (9th)
Shots Against/Game: 28.33 (9th)
Power Play: 19.6% (12th)
Penalty Kill: 86% (9th)
Top Scorers: F Talon Sigurdson (12GP—13G-4A—17PTS); F Cameron Morris (12GP—2G-12A—14PTS); F Aiden Westin (12GP—3G-5A—8PTS)
Goaltenders: Raythan Robbins (5-0-1-0; 2.14 GAA; .921 SV%); Shane Soderwall (2-4-0-0; 3.30 GAA; .886 SV%)
Rostered Commitments: F Alexander Babich (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); F Skylar Gutierrez (University of Alaska-Anchorage)