Janesville Jets win back-and-forth affair
JANESVILLE—Drew Callin never saw the puck after it left Robin Hoglund's stick.
Callin felt it, though, and saw the red light come on. That's all that mattered.
The Jets forward redirected the blast from Hoglund for the deciding goal in a 5-3 victory over the Johnstown Tomahawks on Friday night at the Janesville Ice Arena. The win, along with Michigan's 3-0 loss to Soo, kept Janesville in the race for second place in the NAHL North Division with one game remaining in the regular season.
“I just went to the net and it went off my stick and in,” Callin said. “I just saw the red light go on and I was like, 'All right.'
“The past month and a half, we've been on a tear. We were in last place in December. Since then, we've been grinding, giving effort and having fun while doing it.”
With the game tied 3-3, Callin carried the puck into the zone and left it for Kyle Patava. Patava passed it to Hoglund at the top of the left circle, and he rifled it toward the far side of the net.
Callin's tip-in with just over four minutes left capped a back-and-forth affair.
“I'm just happy I went to the net with my stick on the ice,” Callin said. “It was an up-and-down game. We were just able to grind it out at the end.”
The teams traded goals, and leads, in the first two periods.
Janesville's Evan Feno had a pair of goals, one that gave his team a 1-0 lead at 11:05 of the first and another that tied it, 2-2, with 2:02 left in the second. Feno now has seven goals this season.
Johnstown's Tyler Basham used a backhand from the left circle to the far side of the net to help the Tomahawks regain the lead less than three minutes into the final period.
But the Jets answered with three goals in the final 10:05.
Nearing the midway point of the period, Hoglund got his first assist of the night in similar fashion to the eventual game-winner, flipping a puck to the right side of the net for Patava to deflect in. Patava had a goal and two assists, while Hoglund finished with two assists to give him 46 points.
“It's the small things in the game of hockey that we're doing right,” Jets coach Joe Dibble said. “Our work ethic has been good. We're not putting as many pucks on net as we want, but we're forcing a lot of shots from the perimeter. We're not giving up a ton of scoring opportunities.”
Jordan Himley added an empty-net goal in the final minute to salt the game away.
The Jets host the Tomahawks in the final game of the regular season at 7 p.m. tonight. They need a victory and another Michigan loss to tie the Warriors for second place in the standings. A tiebreaker would give Janesville home-ice advantage for the first round of the NAHL playoffs.
JANESVILLE 5, JOHNSTOWN 3
Johnstown 1 1 1—3
Janesville 1 1 3—5
Jan—Evan Feno (Carson Vance, Ian Janco), pp, 11:05. John—Trevor Recktenwald (Shane Bednard, Mitch Hall), 14:42.
John—Jordan Watt (Shane Bednard, Casey Linkenheld), 12:48. Jan—Evan Feno (Jordan Himley, Kyle Patava), pp, 17:58.
John—Tyler Basham (Tanner Barnes), 2:46. Jan—Patava (Hoglund), 9:55. Jan—Drew Callin (Hoglund, Patava), 16:39. Jan—Himley (Zach Avolio), en, 19:20.
Saves—Brett Young (John) 22, Brock Kautz (Jan) 27.