Jets win season opener
A string of penalties and an undisciplined third period left coach Dane Litke fuming afterward. Yet, Litke found solace in the Jets’ 5-2 victory over the Chicago Hitmen before 663 fans at the Janesville Ice Skating Center.
“I thought we played one period of pretty good hockey, and that was about the only positive to come out of the game other than the two points we got for the win,” Litke said.
“I got a little frustrated in the third and yelled at some guys. We have veteran players on this team, and I don’t need two of them in the penalty box late in the third period. Our veteran players have to be our best players, but tonight at times, they were taking shortcuts on the ice.”
Two Janesville skaters led the Jets to victory. Forward Ross Mauermann, the Jets’ second-leading scorer last season, had a goal and an assist. David Jacobson, a Janesville Craig graduate, picked up the win in the net, stopping 19 of 21 shots.
Janesville scored first on the first of Derek Jacobson’s two goals at 12:09 of the opening period, but Chicago tied it two minutes later on James Albrecht’s goal.
The Jets again took the lead early in the second on Jordan Tredinnick’s goal, but the Hitmen responded on Tanner Warner’s tally.
Derek Jacobson’s second goal at 16:36 of the second proved to be the game-winner as his shot eluded Hitmen goalie Michael Coulter for a 3-2 Janesville lead. Alex Temby made it 4-2 at 3:36 of the third before Mauermann concluded the scoring with an empty-net goal with 19 seconds to play.
Janesville plays the Hitmen again tonight in Chicago. Litke hopes his team can string 60 minutes of solid hockey together instead of the 30 minutes or so it played Friday night.
“Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy with the two points, but we’re a young team that has to learn to compete for 60 minutes,” Litke said. “That’s what we’ve been trying to instill since day one.
“The guys showed that in the second period, and that’s what is so frustrating because they took it away in the third.”
JANESVILLE 5, CHICAGO 2
Chicago Hitmen 1 1 0—2
Janesville Jets 1 2 2—5
J—Derek Jacobson (Beau Burgau), 12:09, sh. C—James Albrecht (Louis
J—Jordan Tredinnick (Brian Berger, Jacob Horton), 8:30. C—Tanner Warner
(Educate), 14:13. J—Derek Jacobson (Larkin Jacobson, Tredinnick), 16:36.
J—Alex Temby (Connor McBride, Ross Mauermann), 3:36. J—Mauermann, 19:46.
Saves—Michael Coulter (Chicago) 34, David Jacobson (Janesville) 19.
Penalties—Chicago 6 for 15 minutes; Janesville 10 for 31 minutes.