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Jets split weekend series

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Gazette Staff
November 27, 2011
— The Janesville Jets recovered from a shootout loss to the Coulee Region Chill on Friday with a 3-1 victory Saturday in North American Hockey League play.

The Jets did all their damage in the first period as Pijus Rulevicius, Joey Sanchez and Chris Cattivera scored to put Janesville ahead, 3-0. Coulee Region scored at 5:48 of the second period.


Jets goaltender Tony Kujava made 22 saves.


The Jets host the Chicago Hitmen at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


UPDATE: With the Janesville Jets 3 -1 victory over the Coulee Region Chill on Saturday night, the Jets now have taken first place in the NAHL's Midwest Division. The Jets have an overall record of 18-4-2 for 38 points. The St. Louis Bandits also have played 24 games, but they have 37 total points with a 18-5-1 record. The Jets have the second best winning percentage amongst all 28 NAHL teams (.792).


Also, Jets goaltender Tony Kujava now has 25 regular season wins for the Jets spread over two years. The Jets all-time record is 26 set by David Jacobson last season. Kujava already owns the Jets all-time shutout record with 12, and leads the NAHL this season with 7.


The Janesville Jets next play at home Friday against the Chicago Hitmen (4-18-1). Opening face-off is 7 p.m. and doors open at 5:45. The Diamond Center is the game night sponsor and will be providing complimentary logoed koozies.


After Friday's game, the Jets will battle the St. Louis Bandits in a three-game home series Dec. 9-11. The Friday and Saturday games start at 7 p.m., and the Sunday, Dec. 11 game starts at 3 p.m.


JANESVILLE 3,


COULEE REGION 1


Janesville 3 0 0—3


Coulee Region 0 1 0—1


First Period


J—Pijus Rulevicius, 12:23; J—Joey Sanchez (Adam Frank, Truman Landowski), 16:07; J— Chris Cattivera, 16:21.


Second Period


CR—Eric Loasby (Brady Riesgraf, Jake Useldinger), 5:48.


Saves—Tony Kujava (J), 22. Aaron Davis (CR) 37.


Results Friday


COULEE REGION 4,


JANESVILLE 3 (SO)


Janesville 2 0 1 0 0—3


Coulee Region 1 2 0 0 1—4


First Period


CR—James Hughes (Myles Maltz, Eric Loasby), 4:42; J—Conor Lemirande (Garrett Cecere, Lawrence Childs), 17:42; J—Lawrence Childs, 17:54.


Second Period


CR—David Ripple (powerplay, Ross Luedtke, Brady Riesgraf), 7:51; CR—Jakob Batcha (pp, Mac Jansen, Matt Blomquist), 9:10.


Third Period


J—Pijus Rulevicius (pp, Jordan Bancroft, Connor McBride), 9:07.


Overtime


No scoring.


Shootout


Coulee Region 1, Janesville 0. CR—Ross Luedtke scored the only goal in the shootout.


Saves—Tony Kujava (J), 31; Aaron Davis (CR), 30.


Time: 2:26. Attendance: 751.



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