The Janesville Bluebirds let a big lead slip away Friday to close out play at the Joe Raymond Memorial Holiday Classic.
Ben Coulter starred with four goals and Hayden Funk added a goal and an assist, but it wasn’t enough as the Bluebirds fell 8-5 to the Fond du Lac Cardinals at the Nagawaukee Ice Arena.
Janesville (1-10-0) led 4-0 when Coulter finished his hat trick at 7:46 in the second period. Fond du Lac (6-6-0) evened the score with four goals in the final nine minutes of the period and took the lead on Cole Carlson’s power-play goal 6:31 into the third period.
Coulter’s fourth goal cut the Bluebirds’ deficit to 6-5 with less than two minutes to play before the Cardinals padded their lead with a pair of empty-net goals.
Janesville hosts the Madison La Follette co-op on Jan. 4.
FOND DU LAC 8, JANESVILLE 5
Janesville 3 1 1—5
Fond du Lac 0 4 4—8
J—Hayden Funk (Charlie DeGarmo), 3:55. J—Ben Coulter (Kyle Ward, Funk), 14:55. J—Coulter, 15:07.
J—Coulter (Ward, Conor Joyce), 7:46. Fondy—Kolton Sabel (Brody Detert, Zach Schmit), 8:15. Fondy—Sabel (Henry Lange, Zach Wilson), 14:10. Fondy—Max Erstad (Nolan Grier, Wilson), 16:19. Fondy—Lange (Erstad), 16:26.
Fondy—Cole Carlson (Caden Carlson, Wilson), 10:13. Fondy—Caden Carlson (Wilson, Schmit), 10:13. J—Coulter, 15:28. Fondy—Lange, 15:43. Fondy—Josh Stephany (Schmit), 15:51.
Saves—Owen Aldrich (J) 29, T.J. Draves (Fondy) 23.