Carey, Middleton beat Bluebirds late
The Janesville Bluebirds let a late lead slip away on Thursday night.
The city’s boys co-op hockey game grabbed its first lead early in the third period, but Jordan Carey scored back-to-back goals in the final four minutes to lead Middleton to a 4-3 Big Eight Conference victory.
“I thought for the most part we outplayed them, but we just came up short again,” Bluebirds coach John Mauermann said. “That’s six games by a goal on the season and those one-goal losses get to you.”
Middleton led in both the first and second periods, but each time Janesville was able to answer.
At 2:29 in the third, Matt Johnson gave the Bluebirds their first lead, and they held on for more than 10 minutes.
“Harry Henschler rushed the puck up the ice and lost it near the net, but Matt was there to put it in,” Mauermann said.
But Carey, who finished with a hat trick, and the Cardinals had late answers.
Carey banged home a goal off a rebound at 13:13 to tie the game 3-3. Just over two minutes later, he scored the game-winner.
“We just stayed out on a shift too long at the end and turned the puck over,” Mauermann said. “We had the lead in the third and gave it up. It was just unfortunate.”
Tuesday’s postponed game against Madison East/La Follette will be played Feb. 13. The Bluebirds are back in action Tuesday night, hosting Arrowhead.