Mauermann, Jacobson teammates on Jets
Ross Mauermann and David Jacobson grew up playing hockey together.
The 2009 Janesville Parker High School graduates excelled as part of the Janesville Youth Hockey Program, and in 2008, they led the Janesville Bluebirds co-op high school team to the Big Eight Conference title.
Last season, Mauermann was the second-leading scorer for the Janesville Jets—a first-year expansion team in the NAHL.
Jacobson compiled a 21-15-3 record in goal last season for the Quad City FaFlames of the Central States Hockey League.
Mauermann is back for his second season with the Jets, who open the season Friday night at home against the Chicago Hitmen. Jacobson made the Jets’ final roster cut and is expected to start in goal.
“It seems like old times,” Jacobson said of seeing Mauermann on the ice as the Jets practiced Tuesday afternoon at the Janesville Ice Skating Center. “It feels right, and I’m really excited about the opportunity to play on the same team with him again.
“He was the first one to congratulate me when I made the team, and I can’t wait to get things started Friday night.”
Jacobson and Mauermann are in their final season of eligibility with the Jets and the NAHL.
Ideally, a Division I collegiate scholarship would be the next step for Jacobson and Mauermann, but the odds are against them. A shot at Division III hockey for a state school is the more likely scenario.
Rui Encarnacao, who signed with the University of Connecticut, was the only Jets player to earn a Division I scholarship last season.
“I’ve worked hard, and we’ll see what happens,” Mauermann said of a potential Division I scholarship offer. “The Showcase Tournament is a good opportunity to make an impression on college coaches, and that’s coming up.
“Last year was a great learning experience, and hopefully, I can put together a great season.”
Jacobson also knows a shot at Division I hockey is a long shot, but he hopes to make a statement with the Jets.
“It comes down to getting exposure and getting some looks,” Jacobson said. “I know I’m a better goalie than I was a year ago because of the experience I had at Quad Cities.’’
Mauermann was second behind Encarnacao in scoring a year ago with 13 goals and a team-high 28 assists. He played well during stretches, but admits that the 60-plus games that the Jets played took a toll.
Mental lapses and staying focused every night were Mauermann’s toughest hurdles last season.
Janesville coach Dane Litke said that if Mauermann can “bring it” every shift of every game, he can play at the Division I level. That’s what college scouts want to see.
“I’ve said it before, Ross has the tools to be a good Division I player,” Litke said. “This is his last shot if he wants to play Division I hockey, and he needs to take advantage of that.
“This year, we need Ross to be a leader, both on and off the ice. I’ve liked what I’ve seen so far from him, but Friday night it starts for real.”
Litke called Jacobson “a gamer,” who has impressed him with his athleticism. The coach believes Jacobson’s success with Quad Cities last season will carry over.
Success is nothing new to Jacobson and Mauermann. Now, they’ll get a chance to experience it together. Just like old times.
2010-11 JANESVILLE JETS SCHEDULE
Home games at Ice Skating Center
(Game site starting times)
Fri., Sept. 10—Chicago Hitmen, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 11—At Chicago Hitmen (Rolling Meadows, Ill.), 8 p.m
(At Blaine, Minn.)
Wed., Sept. 15—New Mexico Mustangs, 4:45 p.m.
Thur., Sept. 16—Alaska Avalanche, 1:15 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 17—Austin Bruins, 5 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 18—Topeka Road Runners, 12:30 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 21—At Green Bay Gamblers (USHL), 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 24—Coulee Region Chill, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 24—Coulee Region Chill, 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 1—At Motor City Metal Jackets (Detroit), 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 2—At Motor City Metal Jackets, 7:30 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 7—At Springfield Junior Blues (Spring field, Ill.), 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 8—At Springfield Junior Blues, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 9—At Springfield Junior Blues, 7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 23—Traverse City North Stars, 7 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 24—Traverse City North Stars, 2 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 5—St. Louis Bandits, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 6—St. Louis Bandits, 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov, 12—At Chicago Hitmen (Rolling Meadows, Ill.), 8 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 13—At Chicago Hitmen, 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 24—Coulee Region Chill, 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 26—At St. Louis Bandits (Chesterfield, Mo.), 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 27—At St. Louis Bandits, 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 28—At St. Louis Bandits, 2 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 10—St. Louis Bandits, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 11—St. Louis Bandits, 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 12—Michigan Warriors, 2 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 17—At Chicago Hitmen (Rolling Meadows, Ill.), 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 18—Chicago Hitmen, 7 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 19—Coulee Region Chill, 2 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 31—At Coulee Region Chill (Onalaska), 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 1—At Coulee Region Chill, 7 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 6—Motor City Metal Jackets, 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 7—Motor City Metal Jackets, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 8—Motor City Metal Jackets, 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 14—At Motor City Metal Jackets (Detroit), 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 15—At Motor City Metal Jackets, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 21—Springfield Junior Blues, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 22—Springfield Junior Blues, 7 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 28—Chicago Hitmen, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 29—Chicago Hitmen, 7 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 10—At Traverse City (Mich.) North Stars), 7:05 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 11—At Traverse City North Stars, 7:05 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 12—At Traverse City North Stars, 1:05 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 17—Michigan Warriors, 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 18—Michigan Warriors, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 19—Michigan Warriors, 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 25—Springfield Junior Blues, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26—Springfield Junior Blues, 7 p.m.
Fri., March 3—Port Huron Fighting Falcons, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 4—Port Huron Fight Falcons,, 7 p.m.
Fri., March 11—At Port Huron (Mich.), Fighting Falcons, 7:11 p.m.
Sat., March 12—At Port Huron Fighting Falcons, 7:11 p.m.
Fri., March 18—At Coulee Region Chill (Onalaska), 7 p.m.
Sat., March 19—At Coulee Region Chill, 7 p.m.
Fri., March 25—At Michigan Warriors (Flint, Mich.), 7 p.m.
Sat., March 26—At Michigan Warriors, 7 p.m.
Sun., March 27—At Michigan Warriors, 7 p.m.
Jets at a glance
President: Bill McCoshen.
General manager: John McCally.
Head coach/GM of hockey operations: Dane Litke.
Assistant coach: Tim Branham.
Home ice: Janesville Ice Skating Center.
League: North American Hockey League.
North Division: Janesville Jets, Chicago Hitmen, Michigan Warriors, Motor City Metal Jackets, Port Huron Fighting Falcons, Springfield Junior Blues, St. Louis Bandits, Traverse City North Stars.
League realignment: The North Division has expanded from five to eight teams. Chicago and Port Huron are new franchises. Springfield and St. Louis have moved from South Division. Marquette, Mich., which won the North Division regular-season championship last year, has moved to Flint, Mich., and become the Michigan Warriors. Alpena, Mich., has moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, and is in the South Division.
Last year: As a first-year franchise, the Jets placed third behind Marquette and Traverse City in the North Division with a 29-23-6 regular-season record. The Jets lost to Traverse City in three games in the first round of the NAHL playoffs.
This year’s oldest Jets player: Derek Jacobson, forward from Sioux City, Iowa, born May 20, 1990.
Youngest player: Jacob Horton, forward from Oakdale, Minn., born Nov. 19, 1994.
States represented: Wisconsin (12), Minnesota (3), Colorado (2), Iowa (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), Nebraska (1), New York (1), Pennsylvania (1).
Janesville players: Ross Mauermann, David Jacobson. Both are former members of the Janesville Bluebirds high school co-op team. Mauermann is in his second season with the Jets.
Previous NAHL experience (8 players): Dylan Niehoff, defenseman; Ross Mauermann, forward; Derek Jacobson, forward; Brian Berger, forward; Alex Brooks, defenseman; Larkin Jacobson, forward; David Chapin, guard; Beau Burgau, defenseman. All played with the Jets last season.