The Janesville Bluebirds seem to be finding their stride.
The city’s boys co-op hockey team won its second game in a row and fourth in its last six outings by beating Middleton 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Senior goalie Owen Aldrich finished with 28 saves for the Bluebirds, who won consecutive games for just the second time this season.
“Owen made several big saves late in the third period and had a really strong night for us in net,” head coach John Mauermann said.
Janesville is 5-13 overall and 4-5 in the Big Eight Conference. Middleton fell to 9-9-1 and 5-6. The Cardinals won the first meeting between the teams 5-4.
The Bluebirds got on the board first in the rematch with a power-play goal from forward Ben Coulter just 33 seconds into the second period.
Conor Joyce joined the score sheet by depositing a rebound to put Janesville up 2-0 at 11:06 of the period.
Off the ensuing faceoff, Middleton’s Aiden Henderson scored on a rebound to make it 2-1.
But the Bluebirds held on for the win as Tyler Edwards and Coulter both scored to round out the three-goal vitory.
“Our opponents took a few too many penalties. It’s hard to win when you’re in the penalty box,” Mauermann said.
The Bluebirds host league-leading Verona at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Janesville Ice Arena.
JANESVILLE 4, MIDDLETON 1
Janesville 0 3 1—4
Middleton 0 1 0—1
J—Ben Coulter (Kyler Kobs), :30, pp. J—Conor Joyce, 11:06. M—Aiden Henderson (Jake Feldt), 11:37. J—Tyler Edwards, 14:11.
J—Coulter (Kyle Ward, Kobs), 10:26.
Saves—Owen Aldrich (J) 28, Cole Garver (M) 30.