Janesville Jets grounded in opener
An early lead wasn’t enough for the Janesville Jets on Thursday night.
Joe Kalisz’s goal at 3:32 of the second period proved to be the game-winner as the St. Louis Bandits held off the Jets, 3-2, in the opening game of the best-of-five NAHL North Division semifinal series.
Ross Mauermann picked up the 100th point of his career to give Janesville a 1-0 lead at 4:32 of the first, but St. Louis tied the game at 11:09 on an even-strength goal by R.J. Kleiman.
The Bandits, the North Division regular-season champions, pushed the lead to 3-1 in the third before John Olen cut the deficit to one with less than a minute to play.
Janesville’s David Jacobson made 24 saves, while Tom Comunale made 27 stops for St. Louis.
Game two of the series is tonight in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS 3, JETS 2
Janesville Jets 1 0 1—2
St. Louis Bandits 1 1 1—3
J—Ross Mauermann (Alex Brooks, Larkin Jacobson), pp, 4:32. StL—R.J. Kleiman (Matt Gellatly, Cody Ganchar), 11:09.
St.L—Joe Kalisz (Patrick Sheehan, Ryan Stouffer), 3:32.
StL—Isak Quakenbush (Chris Ciotti), pp, 2:30. J—John Olen (Brooks, Jacob Horton), 19:04.
Saves—David Jacobson (J) 24, Tom Comunale (StL) 27.