Jets' seven-game win streak broken
A seven-game winning streak came to an end Friday night for the Janesville Jets, but not without a fight.
Brad Smith scored at 6:30 of the third period to lead the St. Louis Bandits to a 3-2 win over the Jets in a North American Hockey League thriller at the Hardee’ IcePlex Arena at Chesterfield, Mo.
Janesville, a first-year NAHL expansion team, got two goals from Pat Dalbec but it was not enough against the three-time defending NAHL champion. St. Louis has now won 10 straight games.
“We’e a blue-collar team, and we have to work harder,” Janesville coach Dane Litke said.
“We wanted to prove that we could play with the three-time defending champs, and we did, but we didn't get the win. Our coaching staff was a little disappointed in the way we played.”
Janesville (18-11-2) converted on two of its first three power-play opportunities, but could not tie the game in the third on two more power-play chances.
Matt Wichorek suffered the loss despite making 19 saves.
Janesville native Daniel Olszewski, the Bandits’leading scorer, did not score.
The two teams will wrap up the two-game series tonight.
ST. LOUIS 3, JETS 2
Janesville 1 1 0—2
St. Louis 1 1 1—3
St. L—Patrick Raley (Ryan Stouffer), 6:16. J—Pat Dalbec (Derek Jacobson), 12:46.
J—Pat Dalbec (Rui Encarnacion, Derek Jacobson), 16:22. St. L—Ryan Belonger (Patrick Raley, Ryan Stouffer), 17:37.
St. L—Brad Smith (Ryan Belonger), 6:40.
Saves—Matt Wichorek (J), 19; Tyler Bruggeman (St. L), 22.