Jets take series opener 4-1

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Gazette staff
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Joseph Abate and the Janesville Jets took care of business quickly Friday night.

Abate scored two goals and added an assist to lead Janesville to a 4-1 win over Fairbanks in the opening-game of the NAHL Midwest Division championship best-of-5 playoff series at the Janesville Ice Arena.

The Jets opened up a 4-0 lead before the Ice Dogs scored late in the third period to avoid the shutout.

Abate, a University of Wisconsin recruit, got Janesville on the board quickly as he scored at 1:36 of the first. Frank Sullivan made it 2-0 in the opening period on assists from LordAnthony Grissom and Michael Maloney.

Chris Dodero, who had a goal and an assist for Janesville, pushed the lead to 3-0 at 5:47 of the second. Abate capped off the scoring with his second goal, an empty-netter, at 16:36 of the third.

Jacob Barczewski earned the win between the pipes, stopping 19 shots.

Game two is today at 7 p.m.

If Janesville wins tonight, the series shifts to Fairbanks, Alaska for games three and four.

If Fairbanks wins tonight, game three will be played at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Ice Arena.



Fairbanks            0          0                             1—1

Janesville             2          1                             1—4

First Period

J—Joseph Abate (Chris Dodero, Chase Blackman), 1:36. J—Frank Sullivan (LordAnthony Grissom, Michael Maloney), 14:09.

Second Period

J—Dodero (Keegan Miller, Abate), 5:47.

Third Period

J—Abate (Adam Roeder, Kip Hoffmann), en, sh, 16:36. F—Nolan Schaeffer (Kyle Mayhew, Robert Blueger), pp, 18:02.

Saves—Erik Gordon (F) 20, Jacob Barczewski (J) 19.

Time—2:15. Attendance—573.


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