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After an exciting Friday night victory in Anchorage, the Wolverines followed up with a 7-3 victory Saturday night. The 1st period was dominated by Anchorage as the Wolverines scored three goals during the opening frame. Drake Albers got his 4th tuck on the season, scoring at the 9:30 mark of the 1st period. Shortly after, his linemate Colton Friesen got on the board for the first time this season, with help from Albers and Hunter Bischoff. It was the 3rd goal of the period that ended up being the game winner, when Jackson Krock snuck behind the Janesville defenders shorthanded and received a stretch pass from his goaltender Raythan Robbins.
In the 2nd, Janesville would strike first with Grayden Daul scoring his third goal of the weekend to make it 3-1 Anchorage. It would only take two minutes for Anchorage to strike back however, as Babich scored his fourth goal of the season off of a beautiful pass from Skylar Gutierrez. Janesville would cut the lead to two goals late in the 3rd, with Will Troutwine firing a wrist shot past Robbins for Janesville’s second of the night.
The Jets dominated play for the first half of the final frame of play, trapping the Wolverines in their own zone and forcing Robbins to make several crucial saves. The Wolverines were given an opportunity to change the momentum, as they went on the power play following a too-many men penalty on Janesville. On the power play, Aiden Westin notched his third of the weekend off of a rebound from a Clay Allen shot. Despite going back down by three, Janesville was determined to stay in the game and Cy LeClerc scored to make it a two-goal game with 7:07 left on the clock. The Jets put up a good effort, but Robbins and the Anchorage defense held strong. Talon Sigurdson would score on the empty net to put the final nail in the coffin on the Jets’ comeback hopes. Drake Albers picked up a goal shortly after to give the Wolverines a seven-goal night.
With the weekend sweep, Wolverines picked up four more points tying them for a third-place spot in the Midwest division. Talon Sigurdson’s goal and assist extends his point streak to seven games. The Wolverines travel to Kenai next weekend to play the Kenai River Brown Bears for the first time this season, as they look to pick up their first points towards the Club 49 trophy.