Offense escapes Janesville Jets
BLAINE, MINN. The Janesville Jets couldn’t get the offense off the ground Thursday in the second game of the Showcase Classic.
Topeka (Kan.) took a 1-0 lead into the third period and held on for a 2-1 victory in the second game of the four-game tournament that showcases players from the NAHL.
After winning Wednesday’s opener of the tournament, Janesville couldn’t solve Topeka goaltender Evan Karambelas.
“For some reason, we weren’t emotionally sharp tonight,” Janesville coach Dane Litke said. “And there’s no excuse for that. We had a full day to rest, but some guys didn’t show up for us.
“We showed a little emotion late in the game and had a chance to tie the game, but couldn’t capitalize.
Larkin Jacobson’s goal with 10 minutes left in the game cut the deficit to one, but Karambelas finished with 22 saves as Topeka improved to 1-1 in the tournament.
Janesville (2-2), which got 24 saves from Matt Wichorek, plays the Alexandria Blizzard in game three of the tournament at 5 p.m. today.
“Hopefully, we’re sharper tomorrow,” Litke said. “This tournament is a chance for these guys to shine. That didn’t happen tonight. They’ve got to remember that you have to come ready to play each and every game.”
TOPEKA 2, JETS 1
Topeka 1 0 1—2
Janesville 0 0 1—1
T—Alec Hagaman (Edgars Lipsbergs, Bob Marx), pp, 11:54.
T—Tony Thomas (Jeff Burke, Alec Hagaman), pp, 5:31. J—Larkin Jacobson, 10:14.
Saves—Evan Karambelas (T) 22, Matt Wichorek (J) 24.
Penalties—Topeka 17, Janesville 14.
Time—2:37. Attendance 300.