Conor Joyce was the difference-maker Thursday night for the Janesville Bluebirds.
The forward’s hat trick lifted the city’s high school boys co-op hockey team to a 6-1 Big Eight win over the Madison La Follette/East co-op team.
Janesville led 3-1 after two periods and put the game away with three goals in the third.
Joyce capped off his hat trick with the Bluebirds’ second goal of the third period.
“Conor kept working hard and was able to finish around the net,” Janesville coach John Mauermann said of Joyce. “He made it work, and his teammates got the puck to the net.
“Their goalie had 22 saves the first two periods and kept them in the game, but we finally put it away in the third by continuing to get pucks to the net.”
Nik Sitter had a goal and two assists for Janesville, while goalie Owen Aldrich got the win thanks to 16 saves.
Janesville (6-16, 5-8) plays at Beloit Memorial on Saturday night to wrap up the regular season.
JANESVILLE 6, LA FOLLETTE/EAST 1
Janesville 1 2 3—6
La Follette/East 0 1 0—1
J—Conor Joyce (Hayden Funk) pp 9:12.
J—Joyce (Cooper Iverson, Nik Sitter) 5:17. J—Ben Coulter sh 13:50. LE—Charlie Collinge (Tyler Hull, Freese Rosemeyer) 16:15.
J—Sitter (Funk, Dylan McGuire) 9:09. J—Joyce (Coulter, Sitter) pp 10:07. J—Kyle Ward (AJ Russotto) 11:03.
Saves—Owen Aldrich (J) 16, Quaid Agard (LE) 35.