Bluebirds advance in regional final
But that’s all Waukesha could muster against the Janesville Bluebirds in the third period of a WIAA regional final hockey game here Thursday night at the Janesville Ice Skating Center.
The Bluebirds won, 3-1, to advance to the sectional semifinals and host Kettle Morraine/Mukwonago on Tuesday. The Lasers beat Milwaukee Pius, 4-1, on Thursday.
Janesville’s offense came out swinging, taking 44 shots against Waukesha’s Michael Parda.
For his part, Parda came up with some dazzling saves, but he couldn’t completely stop the Janesville offense.
“We knew this was a good goalie coming in,” said Janesville junior center Ross Mauermman. “We just needed to get off some shots and get a couple to go in. We finished a couple and won the game.”
Mauermann scored two goals. Senior Kenny Durfee had the only assists on both of those to lead the Bluebirds.
Janesville’s first goal came on a power play at 4:43. Mauermann took a pass from Durfee and put through a one-timer from the top of the circle.
“The key there was Derek Mussy working in front,” said Janesville coach John Mauermann. “And the goaltender had no idea where the puck was. Ross got up and found the upper corner.”
In the second period, the Durfee-Mauermann combination again came up big. At 11:08, Mauermann put through the rebound of his own shot on a 4-on-4 to make it 2-0.
But with both teams skating hard all night, stamina and conditioning became a factor late in the game.
“That’s what we talked about in the second intermission,” coach Mauermann said. “We thought they were tired, and we rotated out three lines all night. Everybody was effective and everyone was contributing.”
And it was a rare goal from the No. 3 line that made the score 3-0 at 6:32 in the third.
“One of the biggest difference-makers in this game was that fact that our third line was a lot better than their third line,” coach Mauermann said. “And anytime their line was out there, our third line really played well physically.
“Sly Flynn gets one to Grant (Jahns), and then over to Bentley (Geldard). All of a sudden, we’re up 3-0.”
But the Wings tagged on a goal late, when Dan Raduenz tapped in a pass from Jon Roepke at 11:14, stealing away the shutout from Jacobson.
“I always give up that easy one at the end of the night,” the Janesville goalie said. “I don’t know what it is about that one goal late. That one was just chipped in.”
The junior backstop had four shutouts in the regular season.
The Bluebirds will get their shot at revenge on Tuesday. Kettle Morraine/Mukwonago bumped Janesville from the tournament last year.
“We looked at them as the favorites, and that’s the same thing they’re going to look at this year,” said Mauermann. “We’re going to have to take care of business right away and hopefully play with a lead.”
Janesville beat the Lasers, 3-2, in their only match-up during the regular season.
JANESVILLE 3, WAUKESHA 1
Waukesha 0 0 1—1
Janesville 1 1 1—3
J—Ross Mauermann (Kenny Durfee), 4:43, pp.
J—Ross Mauermann (Kenny Durfee), 11:08.
J—Bentley Geldard (Grant Jahns, Sly Flynn), 6:32. W—Dan Raduenz (Jon Roepke, Brian Pate), 11:14.
Saves— Michael Parda (W) 41, .David Jacobson (J) 14.
WAUKESHA MEMORIAL SECTIONAL
No. 8 Beloit Memorial 3, No. 9 Greendale 2 (OT)
No. 6 Milwaukee Pius 10, No. 11 Oconomowoc 2
No. 7 Waukesha North co-op 2, No. 10 Kenosha Tremper/Bradford 0
No. 1 Stoughton 2, No. 8 Beloit Memorial 1
No. 3 Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago 4, No. 6 Milwaukee Pius 1
No. 2 Janesville 3, No. 7 Waukesha North co-op 1
No. 5 Waukesha Memorial at No. 4 Milwaukee Marquette, 7:30 p.m.
Waukesha Memorial/Marquette winner at No. 1 Stoughton, 7:30 p.m.
No. 3 Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago at No. 2 Janesville, 7 p.m.
MADISON EDGEWOOD SECTIONAL
No. 8 Sun Prairie 6, No. 9 Madison West 4
No. 5 Verona 2, No. 12 Waunakee 0
No. 6 Madison Memorial 7, No. 11 Madison Eastside Lakers 0
No. 7 DeForest 4, No. 10 McFarland 1
No. 2 Middleton 4, No. 7 DeForest 0
No. 8 Sun Prairie at No. 1 Madison Edgewood (MIA), 8 p.m.
No. 5 Verona/ at No. 4 Oregon (Eagles Nest), 7 p.m.
No. 6 Madison Memorial at No. 3 Monona Grove (Hartmeyer), 8 p.m.
Edgewood/Sun Prairie winner vs. Verona/Oregon winner
Madison Memorial/Monona Grove winner at Middleton