Kenai River takes 2-0 lead over Janesville in NAHL postseason best-of-five series

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May 23—The Janesville Jets dug themselves a big hole Saturday night.

Kenai River scored two power-play goals and got a solid effort in net from Luke Pavicich en route to a 5-1 win over the Jets at the Janesville Ice Arena in an NAHL best-of-five opening-round playoff series. The Brown Bears won Friday night 6-4.

The visiting Brown Bears moved to within one win of eliminating the Midwest Division champion Jets from the postseason.

Kenai River led 2-1 after one period and pushed the lead to 4-1 after two periods.

Nick Lever scored Janesville's lone goal on a power play to cut the lead to 2-1 at 13:47 of the first period.

Pavicich was stellar in goal, stopping 44 of 45 shots he faced.

Game 3 of the the series is Friday in Blaine, Minnesota. Game 4, if necessary, also will be in Blaine on Saturday.

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(RESULT SATURDAY)

KENAI RIVER 5, JANESVILLE 1

Kenai River;2;2;1—5

Janesville;1;0;0—1

First Period

KR—Gramm McCormack (Cole Dubicki, David Vieten) 3:19. KR—Daymin Dodge (Peter Morgan, Lucas Wahlin) 7:26. J—Nick Leyer (Cal Mell), pp, 13:47

Second Period

KR—Dodge (Laudon Poellinger, Wahlin) 1:36. KR—Morgan (Tyler Pfister, Wahlin), pp, 13:15

Third Period

KR—Theo Thrun, en, 19:03

Saves—Luke Pavicich (KR) 44, Riley Sims (J) 30

(RESULT FRIDAY)

KENAI RIVER 5, JANESVILLE 1

Kenai River;1;4;1—6

Janesville;0;1;3—4

First Period

KR—Dodge (Helgeson), 3:03. 2

Second Period

KR—Winters (Reid, Helgeson), 0:57 (pp). J—Ott (Kring), 1:46. KR—Veri (Thrun, Hill), 7:06 (pp). KR—Winters (Reid, Morgan), 13:42 (pp). KR—McNamara (McCormack, Green), 15:06 (pp).

Third Period

J—Destefani (Schoen, Ott), 0:19 (pp). KR—Helgeson, 1:05 (sh). J—Ott (Schoen, Destefani), 11:52 (pp). J—Bartecko (Itagaki, Casperson), 16:56.

Shots on Goal-Kenai River 15-16-5-36. Janesville 12-17-14-43.

Saves—Pavicich (KR) 39; Sims (J) 24 saves); Millward (J) 6.