It was a tale of two seasons as the Janesville Bluebirds traveled to Verona to face the Wildcats on Tuesday.
The winless Bluebirds faced the Wildcats (7-2-1), and the home team coasted to a 7-3 Big Eight Conference victory.
The Janesville Bluebirds hung with Verona early, but they couldn’t sustain it as they lost to the home team 7-3 in Big Eight Conference hockey action Tuesday night.
Verona scored the first goal of the game as Walker Haessig put the Wildcats up one. The Bluebirds responded with a Kyle Ward goal just eight seconds later. The Wildcats added another to finish the period with a one goal lead.
That’s as close as the Bluebirds could get as the Wildcats added two goals in the second period and three more in the third.
Cody Kaas stopped 31 shots for the Bluebirds and Cooper Iverson and Ben Coulter added goals for Janesville.
The Bluebirds host Beloit in a Big Eight game Thursday.
VERONA 7, JANESVILLE 3
Janesville 1 0 2—3
Verona 2 2 3—7
V—Walker Haessig (Drew Yeager, 10:44). J—Kyle Ward (Kyler Kobs), 10:52. V—Drew Dingle (Jack Roehrig), 16:34.
V—Jack Keryluk (Jake Osiecki, Aidan Schmitt), 8:22. V—Keryluk (Graham Sticha, Osiecki), pp, 13:08.
J—Cooper Iverson (Hayden Funk), pp, 2:17. V—Kade Binger (Cale Rufenacht, Osiecki), 6:31. V—Yeager (Leo Renlund, Keegan Lindell), 7:23. V—Haessig (Renlund), sh, 14:02. J—Ben Coulter, 16:51.
Saves—Cody Kaas (J) 31, Garhett Kaegi (V) 13.