North Stars ground Janesville Jets
JANESVILLE The Janesville Jets were grounded Sunday afternoon.
The Traverse City North Stars, thanks to Doug Clifford’s goal with 16 seconds left, upended the Jets, 4-3, in an NAHL game before 400 fans at the Janesville Ice Skating Center.
After the first-year Jets won Saturday’s season opener, 4-3, the North Stars were able to split the two-game series with two late goals.
Janesville scored the only goal of the first period on Tyler Sorenson’s power play goal at 10:49. Gene Constatine and Wes Hawkins picked up assists on the play as the Jets capitalized on a 5-on-3 advantage.
The North Stars tied the game at 7:24 of the second on Sean Burke’s goal, but 2009 Janesville Parker graduate and Jet forward Ross Mauermann gave his team the lead two minutes later. Mauermann, who also scored a goal in Saturday’s win, skipped a shot past goalie Tyler Marble with assists from Ethan Nauman and Jordan Bancroft.
Bancroft gave the Jets their last lead at 4-3 when he scored a power play goal on an assist from Mauermann at 9:26 of the third.
The North Stars tied the game at 3-3 on Eric McLintock’s second goal of the game at 13:19 of the third, and they won it when Clifford poked a shot past Matt Wichorek with only 16 seconds to play.
Wichorek made 23 saves, while Marble finished with 28.
The Jets host Owatanna Express (Blaine, Minn.) 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the Janesville Ice Skating Center.
TRAVERSE CITY 4, JETS 3
Traverse City 0 2 2—4
Janesville 1 1 1—3
J—Tyler Sorenson (Gene Constatine, Wes Hawkins), pp, 10:49.
TC—Sean Burke (Nilan Nagy), 7:24. J—Ross Mauermann (Ethan Nauman, Jordan Bancroft), 9:25. TC—Eric McLintock (Nagy, Phil Wendecker), 13:37.
J—Jordan Bancroft (Mauermann), pp, 9:26. TC—McLintock (Bo Jacobs), 13:19. TC—Doug Clifford (Curtis Heinz, Garrett Thompson), 19:44.
Saves—Tyler Marble (TC) 28, Matt Wichorek (J) 23.
Penalties—Traverse City 7, Janesville 9.