Kip Hoffmann scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the Janesville Jets defeated the Coulee Region Chill 2-1 on Friday to clinch a spot in the Robertson Cup playoffs.
Janesville (30-10-2-2) improved to 16-6-1-1 at the Janesville Ice Arena. Coulee Region (14-25-3-5) has lost two straight games. The Jets are 15 points behind Midwest Division-leading Fairbanks with 16 regular-season games remaining.
Jack Vincent scored at 5:24 in the second period to give Janesville the lead. Coulee Region’s Connor Zilisch tied the game about three and a half minutes later.
Carter Ekberg and Jakov Novak provided the assists on Hoffmann’s goal at 14:24 of the third period.
Daniel Lebedeff made 25 saves for his 13th win.
The Jets and Chill conclude their weekend series tonight at 7 p.m. at Green Island Ice Arena in La Crosse.
JANESVILLE 2, COULEE REGION 1
Coulee 0 1 0—1
Janesville 0 1 1—2
J—Jack Vincent (Erik Palmqvsit, Sam Renlund), 5:24. C—Connor Zilisch (Andrew McGlynn, Nick Bowman), 8:56.
J—Kip Hoffmann (Carter Ekberg, Jakov Novak), 14:24.
Saves—Emil Zetterquist (C) 40, Daniel Lebedeff (J) 25.