Springfield sweeps Jets
It was a lost weekend for the Janesville Jets.
The first-year NAHL expansion team lost 5-3 to the Springfield Junior Blues on Saturday night at the Janesville Ice Skating Center and were swept in the weekend series.
Janesville (25-19-4) fell behind 4-0 after two periods before rallying with three straight goals in the third. Kurt Akers got the Jets’ first two goals on power plays, including a blast at 16:12 of the third that cut the lead to 4-2. Janesville Parker graduate Ross Mauermann picked up an assist on the play.
The Jets cut the deficit to one with less than a minute remaining on Chris Volonnino’s even-strength goal, but the Junior Blues got an empty net goal from Denys Petrukhno with 38 seconds left to ice the victory.
Janesville will play a two-game series on the road next weekend against the Motor City Metal Jackets.
SPRINGFIELD 5, JETS 3
Springfield 1 3 1—5
Janesville 0 0 3—3
S—Jared Rickord, 15:26.
S—Trent Frey (Kevin O’Donnell TJ Poganski), 2:42. S—Rickord (Ross Andersen, Randy Cure), 9:32. S—TJ Moore (Cure), 10:04.
J—Kurt Akers (Wes Wauters, William Rose), pp, 5:45. J—Akers (Ross Mauermann, Rose) pp, 16:12. J—Chris Volonnino (Rui Encarnacao, Alex Brooks), 19:01. S—Denys Petrukhno, en, 19:22.
Saves—Andrew Martin (S) 23, Matt Wichorek (J) 17, Adam Miller (J) 5.