Win streak ended
But the fourth-ranked Janesville high school co-op hockey team won’t have to wait long for another chance to clinch at least a share of the Big Eight title. After a nonconference game against Waupun here at 7 tonight, the Bluebirds meet Memorial again at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Madison Ice Arena in another make-up game.
“We came off of a physical game against Marquette and a physical game tonight,” Janesville coach John Mauermann said. “We just have to regroup and look forward to Waupun.”
The Bluebirds fell to 8-1-1 in the Big Eight and 14-1-2 overall, while Memorial improved to 6-3 and 10-7. Middleton remained in second place with a 7-2-1 conference record.
Janesville is scheduled to conclude its 12-game conference season at home Saturday against the Eastside Lakers. Middleton and Memorial meet that afternoon.
“We’re going to have to get our heads back into the game,” said Janesville sophomore Aaron Jacobson. “This is probably good for us, so that we won’t get too cocky.”
“We”ll just have to come back strong. Hopefully, we’ll win the rest of our games.”
The Bluebirds took a 1-0 lead over Memorial with a goal at 2:18 in the second period. Aaron Jacobson redirected a Kenny Durfee pass in front of the crease to beat Memorial’s Luke Gibson.
But neither team could take advantage of numerous penalties in the second period to push the score any higher.
In the third period, a short-handed Memorial found the back of the net when Shaughn Dean slipped the puck under Janesville’s David Jacobson at 0:56 with assists from Justin Webb and David Schneider.
The Spartans took the lead with a power-play goal at 12:40 in the third. Johnny Byce flipped a pass across the ice to Ryan Reynolds in front of the net. With David Jacobson covering the right side of the goal, Reynolds shot the puck over the goalie’s left shoulder and into the net.
“We knew what they were going to do,” Mauermann said. “We played behind their guy that is going to shoot, and they scored a goal.”
Throughout the game, both teams’ defenses held strong on the penalty kill. Janesville was went 0-for-8 on the power play, while Memorial finished 1-for-5.
“Size-wise, they had an advantage, but at the same time we had to move the puck and avoid the contact,” Mauermann said. “We ran some nice power plays at times, but there were a couple of times we didn’t use our heads enough and find the opening where we could have taken more advantage.”
MEMORIAL 2, JANESVILLE 1
Madison Memorial 0 0 2—2
Janesville 0 1 0—1
J—Aaron Jacobson (Kenny Durfee), 2:18.
MM—Shaughn Dean (Justin Webb, David Schneider), :56. MM—Ryan Reynolds (Johnny Byce, Patrick Muranyi), 12:40.
Saves—Luke Gibson (MM), 28. David Jacobson (J) 14.