Second-period surge keys Anchorage Wolverines’ 4-1 victory over the Kenai River Brown Bears

It was all Anchorage after the first period Saturday as goaltender Raythan Robbins was outstanding in the net and the Anchorage Wolverines junior hockey team beat the Kenai River Brown Bears 4-1 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Robbins, an Alaskan from Anchorage who played for the Brown Bears last season, turned aside 31 of 32 shots to pocket the win.

Hunter Schmitz of Anchorage, Talon Sigurdson and Alexander Babich scored in the second period to give the Wolverines, now 10-5-1-0 in the North American Hockey League, a split of their two-game series against the Brown Bears (3-14-0-0) in a clash of Midwest Division foes.

Kenai RIver’s Kevin Marx Noren of Sweden opened the scoring in the first period, but that turned out to be all the offense the Brown Bears could muster.

Anchorage got a power-play goal late in the third period from Campbell Cichosz to cap the scoring.

In Fairbanks on Saturday, the Midwest Division-leading Ice Dogs (12-6-0-1, tied for first) lost their second straight on home ice to the Janesville Jets, which posted a 5-3 victory. The Ice Dogs fell behind 4-0 in the first period and then scored three unanswered goals in the second period but couldn’t pull even.

The Wolverines play host to the Brown Bears on Nov. 12-13 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena and tangle with the Ice Dogs for the first time in franchise history on Nov. 19-20 at Ben Boeke.