Jets need to sweep at home
Janesville’s first-year junior hockey expansion team is down 2-0 in its best-of-five NAHL first-round playoff series against Traverse City, Mich.
Game 3 of the series is at 7 Friday at the Janesville Ice Skating Center, with Game 4, if necessary, Saturday night at home.
Janesville coach Dane Litke believes the home ice will be a big advantage.
“It’s our rink and our great fans, and we’re going to come out and give it our best,” Litke said. “It’s one game at a time for us. We’re not worried about Saturday night.
“Traverse City has taken its game to another level. We’ve got to come out and try to match that.”
The North Stars outscored the Jets 11-1 in the two games in Traverse City, including a 7-1 victory in Game 1.
“The first game was a good learning experience for our kids,” Litke said. “Traverse City has 17 or 18 kids who have playoff experience. We have one.
“We were a little shell-shocked on Friday night, but I thought we played much better on Saturday night.”
Litke said the keys for the Jets will be to eliminate mistakes and finish on the offensive end. Two areas that proved costly in the first two games of the series.
“You’re going to give up a fluke goal now and then,” Litke said. “But when you turn the puck over, or don’t bury a shot when you get a chance, that’s what hurts you in playoff hockey.
“Right now, Traverse City is doing all the little things to win games. We need to step up our game and prove that we belong. I have confidence that we’ll do that.”