The Janesville Bluebirds are still searching for an answer to their first-period woes.
The city’s boys hockey co-op fell to 0-5 Tuesday night following an 8-3 nonconference loss to the visiting West Bend Ice Bears co-op.
West Bend (5-2) scored five times in 12 shots during a first-period barrage. Peyton Kesselhorn and Ian Devenport each cashed in rebounds given up by Janesville goalie Cody Kaas, a freshman making his third start, to give the Ice Bears a 2-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game.
Slow starts have been a recurring issue for the Bluebirds, who have been outscored 15-2 in the first period this season.
“Everything snowballed in the first period,” Janesville coach John Mauermann said.
“We didn’t come out with the intensity to compete, whether it was forwards, defensemen, or goaltenders. We sat back and waited for bad things to happen, and they did.”
Devenport had four points—two goals and two assists—in the first period alone. He top-shelfed a centering pass from Casey Fisher—who finished with three assists—to make it 3-0 at 8:54. Ethan Coughlin scored on a shot from the blue line just over two minutes later, and Riley Kress added the Ice Bears’ fifth goal.
“Shame on us for letting pucks get to the net,” Mauermann said. “We have to get better fundamentally.”
After giving up an early goal to Andrew Butler in the second period, Janesville seemed to find its footing. Connor Joyce scored his first goal of the season to make it 6-1 at 8:55.
The Bluebirds got within four goals twice in the third period on goals by Ben Coulter and Kyle Ward.
Janesville has two games remaining on its five-game homestand: Thursday against Arrowhead and Saturday against Middleton.
WEST BEND 8, JANESVILLE 3
West Bend 5 1 2—8
Janesville 0 1 2—3
WB—Peyton Kesselhorn (Casey Fisher, Ian Devenport), 14:44. WB—Devenport (Fisher), 10:83. WB—Devenport (Fisher), 8:54. WB—Ethan Coughlin (Eli Kopish), 6:29. WB—Riley Kress (Devenport).
WB—Andrew Butler (Kopish), 16:11. J—Connor Joyce (Ben Coulter), 8:35.
J—Coulter (Kyle Ward), 9:10. WB—Kenny Likins (Zach Simbro), 7:17. J—Ward (Joyce, Nikolas Sitter), 5:48. WB—Adam Butler (Cam Sullivan), 3:59.
Saves—Chris Clement (WB) 27, Cody Kaas (J) 14.