Xavier Lapointe made sure the Janesville Jets salvaged a series split Saturday night.
With the Jets tied 1-1 on the road against the Austin Bruins deep into overtime, Lapointe took matters into his own hands.
Lapointe carried the puck up the right boards and into the offensive zone, glided by three defenders and snapped in a shot for the decisive goal in a 2-1 overtime win.
Lapointe’s first goal of the year, with 1:03 left in overtime, helped the Jet claim two points and move to 3-1-0-0 on the young season.
The Bruins scored their lone goal less than three minutes into the game. Jake Sacratini scored a little more than seven minutes into the second period to tie it, 1-1, and the score stood into overtime.
Owen Millward made 22 saves to earn his first win of of the season in goal for Janesville.
On Friday night, the Bruins used a late comeback to hand the Jets their first loss of the season.
The Bruins scored twice in the final 10 minutes to rally for a 4-3 victory.
Walter Zacher’s second goal of the game, with less then four minutes remaining, was the difference.
Goals by Jaxson Ezman and Alexander Lucken just 10 seconds apart in the first period gave the Jets a 2-1 lead.
It was 2-2 after two periods, but Shane Ott regained the lead for Janesville less than five minutes into the third period.
But the Bruins rallied from there.
The Jets host Kenai River on Friday and Saturday at the Janesville Ice Arena.
JETS 2, BRUINS 1 (OT)
Janesville 0 1 0 1—2
Austin 1 0 0 0—1
Mason Poolman (Ben Dexheimer), 2:54.
J—Jake Sacratini, 7:13.
J—Xavier Lapointe, 3:57.
Saves—Owen Millward (J) 22, Tyler Shea (A) 27.
BRUINS 4, JETS 3
Janesville 2 0 1—3
Austin 1 1 2—4
A—Peter Jacobs (Barrett Brooks, Travis Shoudy), pp, 9:03. A—Jaxson Ezman (Broten Sabo, Justin Thompson), pp, 11:18. J—Alexander Lucken (Carter Hottmann, Justin Engelkes), 11:28.
A—Walter Zacher (Mason Poolman, Tyler Shea), pp, 2:38.
J—Shane Ott (Max Itagaki, Blake Dangos), 4:51. A—Brooks (Noah Szretter), 10:51. A—Zacher (Alex Trombley), 16:46.
Saves—Owen Millward (J) 24, Tyler Shea (A) 17.