Jets fall to Springfield in overtime
Josef Pontasch scored at 1:24 of the overtime to give Springfield the victory.
The Jets finished in second place in the Midwest Division with a 37-18-5 record. St. Louis won the division with a
41-15-3 mark, and Springfield was third at 31-27-2.
Darren McCormick gave Janesville a 1-0 lead at 5:10 of the first period, but Pontasch scored at 8:13 for Springfield. Brett Skibba scored at 3:48 of the second as the Blues took a 2-1 lead into the third period.
Michael Preston scored at 12:55 of the third period off assists from Craig High graduate Conor Lemirande and Lawrence Childs.
Jets starting goalie Tony Kujava did not play. Nate Teuscher, recruited from Milwaukee, played his second game and stopped 17 of 20 shots.
Janesville hosts Springfield at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the first round of the best-of-five NAHL playoff series.
SPRINGFIELD 3, JANESVILLE 2 (OT)
Springfield 1 1 0 1ó3
Janesville 1 0 1 0ó2
JóDarren McCormick (Adam Frank), 5:10; SóJosef Pontasch (Chris Sitler, Paul Byrne), 8:13.
SóBrett Skibba (Ben Kramer, Gavin Tufte), 3:48.
JóMichael Preston (Conor Lemirande, Lawrence Childs), 12:55.
SóPontasch (Kyle Cook), 1:24.
SavesóTyler Parks (S), 28; Nate Teuscher (J), 17.