Only one minute and change after the opening puck drop, Ethan Begg received a nice pass from a dangling Lasak and sniped a snapshot from the right circle to record his tenth goal of the season and open the scoring. Begg’s nifty goal was capped off by a celebration directly in front of a few scratched Brown Bears players looking on from outside the glass. “It was just kind of in the moment, it was a big weekend, electric atmosphere, and I just went crazy,” said Begg on his passionate celebration. The University of Vermont commit added an assist to his name later in the game.
Brown Bears rookie Kevin Marx Noren put Kenai River on the board 10 minutes later that tied the game at a goal apiece.
The lead stood for eight and a half minutes before Ryan Finch picked up a pass in the slot and found the back of the net to tie the game at two.
The game surprisingly stayed knotted at two for the entirety of the third period despite a total of 17 shots between the two teams. A scoreless final period of regulation sent the contest to overtime for the second time in the series. Thursday’s game made it to a shootout after neither team won in the extra frame, and ended with a win in the fourth round.
The Jets felt like taking care of business a bit quicker this time around, and only 16 seconds into the three-on-three period, brought the Hangar to their feet with a win. Following a zone exit, Cy LeClerc brought the puck in on a two-on-one advantage and sauced a pass over to his roommate, Zigi Lasak, who had nothing but open net to shoot at, and he did not miss. It was Zigi’s second time playing the hero after his goal in the shootout on Thursday gave the Jets the win.
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Zigi’s 14th goal of the year capped off his two-point night in his first games back from the IIHF World Juniors Tournament in Alberta, which was sadly cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Beating a team three times in a row is something special; there are no easy games in this league. As you can see, the mood in the locker room is awesome, and we’re having some fun right now,” Zigi said as the locker room door opened with music blaring and players shouting. The Jets have won five of their last six, dating back to their first of two three-game series against the Wolverines last weekend.
“Three-game series are never easy, and it doesn’t matter who you’re playing. You gotta come out even with hurt bodies and fight through it,” said Jets captain Cal Mell. “The mood now is great; we came back from break knowing we had to get six of six, we got five of six, so we’re going to keep building off of that from here.” When asked about the mentality he and the rest of the guys had going into a game against the Chippewa Steel, followed by another Alaska road trip, the captain had just three words: “find a way.”