Anchorage, Alaska | 1/28/22 | Isaac Smoldon
Anchorage gained just a point in the Midwest Division standings this past weekend, losing to the Janesville Jets in overtime on Friday, and falling on Sunday by a score of 3-2. The two goals came from Drake Albers and Hunter Bischoff, and both were in the 2nd period. Shane Soderwall made 19 saves in the loss.
The Wolverines started the 1st strong, but several key saves from Jets’ netminder Owen Millward kept Anchorage scoreless. The deadlock would be broken at the 16:49 mark, when William Gustavsson beat Soderwall to give the Jets the lead. Much like Friday night, the Wolverines went into the middle frame trailing.
Also like Friday, Anchorage was able to score two goals before the halfway point of the 2nd. Albers sniped one past Millward for his sixth of the year at the 3:26 mark, followed by Bischoff scoring his ninth of the season on the powerplay 6 minutes later. The Wolverines held their only lead of the weekend for just four minutes however, with Jan Lasak tying the game at 2 shortly after Bischoff’s goal. Again like Friday, the score after the 2nd was tied at 2-2.
Unlike Friday, Janesville would score the lone goal of the 3rd to win the game in regulation. Grayden Daul got the game winner on the powerplay, beating Soderwall at the 10:12 mark of the final frame. Despite several powerplay opportunities, Anchorage was unable to tie the game, and lost by a final score of 3-2. Lasak picked up three points on the night, tallying a goal and two assists, and Millward made 29 saves in the win.
The Wolverines now have a week off before traveling to the Lower 48 for the last time this season. Anchorage plays a three-game series against the 1st place Springfield Jr. Blues on February 11-13, then return to Alaska for a series against the Brown Bears in Kenai. The Wolverines next home game takes place on March 4-5 at the Ben Boeke. Puck drop is 7PM AKST both nights, with tickets available now on anchoragewolverines.com or at the door 30 minutes before the games start.