Jets lose grip on first place

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Gazette staff
March 4, 2012
— The visiting Janesville Jets lost their hold on first place in the Midwest Division with their second straight loss to the St. Louis Bandits, 3-1, in North American Hockey League action Saturday.

The Jets fell to 35-15-3 and Bandits improved to 35-13-2 to hold a 72-71 lead in points. The teams play the rubber match of the three-game series this afternoon.

Ryan Stouffer gave the Bandits a 1-0 lead with a goal at 7 minutes, 28 seconds of the first period. Jake Horton’s goal pulled Janesville into a tie at 1:39 of the second period.

Rance Hughes gave St. Louis the lead for good, 2-1, with a goal at 6:57 of the second. The Bandits added an empty-net goal at 19:04 of the third to seal the victory.

Tony Kujava stopped 17 shots for Janesville, while the Bandits Tyler Green stopped 24.


Janesville 0 1 0—1

St. Louis 1 1 1—3

First period

St.L—Ryan Stouffer (Joe Kalisz, Rance Hughes), 7:28.

Second period

J—Jake Horton (Jayce Paulseth, William Preston), 1:39; StL—Rance Hughes (Joe Kalisz, Ryan Stouffer), 6:57.

Third period

St.L—Rance Hughes (emptynet) (Brett Bauza), 19:04.

Saves—Tony Kujava (J) 17, Tyler Green (St.L) 24.

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