Road Warriors: Bruins Top Janesville in Shootout

JANESVILLE, WI – Playing their third shootout in four games, the Bruins finally came out on the winning side of the ledger, getting a 3-2 victory over the Midwest Division-leading Janesville Jets on Wednesday night at Janesville Ice Arena. It was only the second loss on home ice for the Jets this year and snapped a seven game Janesville win streak.

The Bruins opened the scoring early in the 2nd with their fifth shorthanded goal of the season. Evan Cholak led a 2-on-1 and Justin Misiak took a puck out of the air and cashed in his sixth goal of the season for a 1-0 Bruins lead at 6:50 of the middle frame. Soon after, the Jets got a power play goal from Cole Paskus to tie the game. Janesville began to dominate the game from that point on, pelting 19 shots on Jake Kucharski in the 2nd period alone. The score was 1-1 heading to the third.

In the 3rd, Janesville took its first lead at 4:35 when Alec Semandel ripped a shot from the left point behind Kucharski, his first NAHL goal. At 8:30, the Bruins got an NAHL first from Jason Koehn as he scored his first goal, set up by Dan Petrick and Lane Krenzen. Krenzen finished the night with two assists. The score remained tied at two through overtime, with a total of 42 saves by Kucharski.

After the first four combined shooters were stopped in the shootout, making the Bruins 0 for 10 on the season, Liam Thrawl finally put one in the net, forcing Keegan Miller to score, which he did. Jon Richards and Chris Dodero then traded goals, setting the stage for Jan Stefka, who flipped a shot over the pad of Derek Schaedig for what would be the game winner after Kucharski stopped Paskus.

The Bruins have now collected a point in all seven November games, going 4-0-3, and head right back to Janesville on Friday night at 7:00 before returning home to host the Minnesota Magicians on Saturday night at 7:05.