PREVIEW: Jets vs. Blizzard (Game #24)

By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle)

Fri 12/1  |  7:00pm  |  Janesville, WI

LIVE STREAM: HockeyTV  |  TWITTER: @JanesvilleJets1

LAST WEEKEND: The Janesville Jets won a pre-Thanksgiving match in La Crosse over the Coulee Region Chill to hold control of the traveling prize, the Blain’s Dairyland Milk Can Trophy. Following the shootout win in western Wisconsin, the Jets hosted the Minnesota Wilderness and suffered their second sweep in as many weeks to another Central Division opponent. The Jets were far better in Saturday’s loss, but still surrendered a pair of two-goal leads in the overtime defeat.

TONIGHT: The Brookings Blizzard come to town after a split in Minot last weekend. Head coach Moe Mantha’s group swept the Jets two weeks ago in the Mt. Rushmore State and find themselves one point out of a three-way tie for first place in the Central Division. The Jets are trying to find some stability as injuries and inconsistencies have dented a fantastic start to the season. Two hungry teams play tonight, and Gary Shuchuk’s group have not forgotten the bitterness of the sweep at the Larson. Buckle up.

SEASON SERIES (Blizzard 2-0-0-0)

Nov. 17 @ Brookings OTL, 4-3
Nov. 18 @ Brookings L, 5-3
Dec. 1 Brookings 7:00pm
Dec. 2 Brookings 7:00pm

Midwest Division Standings:

Place Team Record Pts
1 Fairbanks Ice Dogs 14-5-2-2 32
2 Janesville Jets 14-7-2-0 30
3 MN Magicians 13-10-1-1 28
4 Springfield Jr. Blues 12-8-1-1 26
5 Coulee Region Chill 6-10-1-5 18
6 Kenai River Brown Bears 8-15-1-0 17


  • AGAINST THE GRAIN: Janesville’s Movember efforts raised nearly $2,500 for men’s health initiatives. Major credit deserved to Gary Shuchuk for organizing and to Justin Bofshever, the team’s top earner.
  • SILVER LINING: The Jets’ November was one to learn from and move past. In nine games the club played a 3-4-2-0 record, earning eight of a possible 18 points. The silver lining: just five of the 13 points earned by the Jets’ opposition stayed in the division. After the slide, Janesville is still only two points out of first place in the Midwest. Plenty of divisional hockey to play.
  • LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Despite the slide, veteran forwards Kip Hoffmann and Jakov Novak continue to produce offensively for the Jets. Hoffmann exploded for two goals against the Blizzard the last time these teams played, and Novak recorded a point in six of November’s nine games. The pair have found excellent chemistry on Janesville’s top line.


  • Kip Hoffmann is 1 point away from moving past Connor McBride for sole possession of 4th place in Jets’ all-time scoring
  • Kip Hoffmann is 8 points away from 100 in his NAHL career
  • Carter Ekberg is 4 games away from 75 in his NAHL career
  • Alec Semandel is 6 games away from 75 in his junior hockey career (USHL, NAHL)
  • TJ Polglaze is 10 games away from 75 in his NAHL career
  • Kip Hoffmann is 12 games away from tying Cullen Munson’s Jets record of 175 regular season games


Current Jets, ranking among the franchise all-time leaders:

GAMES PLAYED (regular season)

RANK Player Pos GP
1 Cullen Munson F 175
2 Adam Winborg F 170
3 Kip Hoffmann F 163
4 Adam Roeder D 147
5 Bryan Kronberger D 137
6 Jeff Alderfer D 120
7 Jordan Himley F 120
8 Alex Smith D 118
9 Lordanthony Grissom D 115
T-10 Ross Mauermann F 113
T-10 Connor McBride F 113

 GOALS (regular season)

 RANK Player Pos G
1 Adam Winborg F 62
2 Connor McBride F 48
3 Cullen Munson F 43
4 Jordan Himley F 40
5 Ross Mauermann F 39
6 Kip Hoffmann F 37
7 Cole Paskus F 35
8 Drew Callin F 34
9 Jordan Bancroft F 32
T-10 Brandon Schultz F 30
T-10 Pijus Rulevicius F 30

 POINTS (regular season)

RANK Player Pos Pts
1 Adam Winborg F 145
2 Cullen Munson F 113
3 Ross Mauermann F 99
T-4 Connor McBride F 92
T-4 Kip Hoffmann F 92
6 Jordan Himley F 77
7 Cole Paskus F 74
8 Evan Feno F 73
T-9 Jordan Bancroft F 72
T-9 Alex Smith D 72


Record: 12-10-0-1 (4th, Central)
Road Record: 3-5-0-1
Goals For/Goals Against: 72GF/75GA
Power Play: 17.0% (20th in the NAHL)
Penalty Kill: 70.2% (22nd in the NAHL)
Top ScorersDoug Larson (21GP—10G-9A—19PTS), Josh Boyer (21GP—8G-11A—19PTS); Vince Marino (23GP—8G-10A—18PTS)



Record: 14-7-2-0 (2nd, Midwest)
Home Record: 5-4-1-0
Goals For/Goals Against: 63GF/60GA
Power Play: 20.0% (12th in the NAHL)
Penalty Kill: 76.0% (19th in the NAHL)
Top ScorersJakov Novak (21GP—11G-13A—24PTS); Kip Hoffmann (23GP—7G-16A—23PTS); TJ Polglaze (23GP—2G-14A—14PTS)


Fri 12/1  |  7:00pm  |  Janesville, WI

LIVE STREAM: HockeyTV  |  TWITTER: @JanesvilleJets1