Photo credit: Eric Johnson, Austin Daily Herald
AUSTIN, MN – The Bruins never trailed until 2:16 of overtime but that was the only lead the Janesville Jets needed to grab two points in a 3-2 win on Friday night at Riverside Arena. It was Janesville’s fourth consecutive win and it kept the Bruins still searching for their first.
Austin grabbed the early 1-0 advantage less than 90 seconds into the game when Evan Cholak took an advantageous carom off the end boards and set up Travis Kothenbeutel for his second goal in as many games. The first period saw low shot total of 6-4 in favor of the Bruins and ended 1-0.
At 3:46 of the 2nd, the Jets tied it when veteran forward Kip Hoffman beat Bruins goaltender Mads Sogaard with a power play tally on a second chance opportunity after a blocked shot. It was a much more active offense period with 29 combined shots, but the scored remained even at one through two.
Dante Zapata broke the tie at 9:31 of the third, finishing off a rush created by linemates Justin Brandt and Valdemar Ahlberg. It went as a power play goal, which the Bruins returning to full strength after a 4-on-4 situation. Janesville got even again with 3:27 left on the clock when Regan Cavanaugh wristed a shot off Sogaard and past him to force overtime.
At the 2:16 mark of the 3-on-3 sudden death period, Kip Hoffman found Erik Palmqvist streaking in up the left side. Palmqvist put a shot off Sogaard’s pad and it carried on across the goal line to end the game. Daniel Lebedeff was the winning goaltender, stopping 31 of 33 Bruins shots. Sogaard made 25 saves on 28 shots in the loss.
The Bruins (0-2-2) will try to make it a three point weekend as they finish the home series with the Jets (7-1-0) on Saturday night at 7:05 PM.