Janesville took the lead 5 minutes, 38 seconds into Game 3 of its NAHL playoff series against the Minnesota Wilderness on Friday but failed to score for nearly an hour and a half of game time as the Wilderness tied the score in the second period and won in the second overtime to take a 2-1 series advantage after a 2-1 victory.
Ryan Bloom scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to send the Minnesota Wilderness to a 3-2 victory over Janesville to end the Jets’ season Saturday night.
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Minnesota used a hard-nosed brand of hockey to gut out a 2-1 victory at the Janesville Ice Arena to tie the series 1-1 heading to Cloquet next weekend.
Lordanthony Grissom—a Detroit native often called LA by his teammates—became a staple of the Janesville lineup, playing in 56 of the Jets' 60 regular-season games and becoming a criticial piece to the team's penalty kill unit.
“We're making some strides on the business side,” said Bill McCoshen, the team president and one of the team's part owners as part of Wisconsin Hockey Partners. “It's been a little longer than we expected.
Janesville lost 3-2 in overtime at Coulee Region on Saturday, but that was good enough to wrap up second place in the NAHL Midwest Division
Janesville bounced back from an early deficit and held off the Coulee Region Chill 4-3 in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 1,068. The two teams play again tonight in La Crosse in the Jets' regular-season finale.
If Janesville takes at least three of the four points up for grabs Friday and Saturday, it will clinch second place and home-ice advantage in the first round of a playoff series against the Minnesota Wilderness
LaFontaine made 86 saves on 90 shots in his two games against the Springfield Junior Blues, both Jets wins.