Winning streaks to collide when Jets play Bandits
The two hottest teams in the North American Hockey League will face off this weekend in Chesterfield, Mo.
The Janesville Jets, riding a seven-game winning streak, will play a two-game series tonight and Saturday against the St. Louis Bandits at the Hardees IcePlex Arena. The Bandits are the three-time defending NAHL champions and have won nine straight.
Janesville, in its first season in the NAHL, is 18-10-2 overall and in third place in the North Division.
St. Louis is 24-5-1 and in second place in the South Division.
Janesville native Daniel Olszewski spearheads the attack for the Bandits. The Janesville Craig High School graduate, who recently signed a national letter of intent to play for Denver University in the fall, leads the Bandits in scoring with 11 goals and 17 assists. St. Louis has not lost since a 1-0 setback to the Wenatchee Wild on Dec. 4.
The NAHL is geared toward showcasing players on a national level in order to get as many players signed as possible to NCAA Division I scholarships. The Bandits have five players, including Olszewski, on the roster who have already signed a national letter of intent to play next season at a Division I school.
Ross Mauermann, a 2009 Janesville Parker High School graduate, is the second-leading scorer for the Jets. Mauermann has six goals and a team-leading 17 assists.
Rui Encarnarcao leads the Jets in scoring with 30 points and has three game-winning goals. The Jets have not lost since a 3-2 setback to Motor City on Nov. 21.
This weekend’s two-game series is the only meeting between the two teams this season. The teams could meet in the NAHL playoffs.