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PREVIEW: Jets vs. Chill (Game #53)

Last weekend, the Jets took a point out of Richfield, but suffered just their second sweep of the season against the Minnesota Magicians. Tonight, with rest days ahead, the Jets battle a red hot Coulee Region Chill squad, coming off of six straight wins, as the teams battle for the Blain’s Dairyland Milk Can Trophy.

JANESVILLE JETS

OVERVIEW:

Record: 38-10-0-4

Home Record: 23-2-0-2

Last Game: A 2-1 shootout loss at Minnesota last Saturday

Goals For/Goals Against: 201GF/134 GA

Power Play: 25.4% (1st in the NAHL)

Penalty Kill: 82.4% (10th in the NAHL)

Leading Scorers: Michael Maloney (51GP – 22G – 28A – 50PTS), Peter Bates (50GP – 20G – 30A – 50PTS), Cullen Munson (48GP – 19G – 30A – 49PTS)

WHO’S UP FRONT:

Michael Maloney: The Brown commit may not win the league scoring title, as it once looked like he would, but Maloney continues to create scoring opportunities for the Jets’ top forward line. Maloney had Saturday’s only goal and led the team with six shots on goal.

Cole Paskus: The UMass-Lowell recruit plays in his 100th game in the NAHL tonight, all with Janesville. In nine games versus Coulee Region this season, Paskus leads all skaters with 14 points (8-6–14).

WHO’S ON D:

Carter Ekberg: Returning from a hand injury that kept him from nine contests, Ekberg scored his fourth goal of the season last Friday. The Jets’ defense corps, Ekberg included, will need to skate well tonight against a red hot Coulee Region team that has scored 57 times in their last 11 games.

WHO’S IN GOAL:

Derek Schaedig: We’ve seen Joe Dibble at times use and at times ignore the popular “win and you’re in” approach this season. Despite a shootout loss last Saturday, Schaedig played strong, stopping 28 of 29 shots, and wasn’t even supposed to start. Jake Barczewski broke a skate blade in warmups, and without backup steel, Dibble had to call on Schaedig. The Michigan native announced his commitment to Harvard a couple of weeks ago, becoming the Jets’ 10th Division I commitment of the season. We’ll see if Dibble goes back to Schaedig tonight.

COULEE REGION CHILL

OVERVIEW:

Record: 26-23-2-0

Road Record: 13-12-1-0

Last Game: A 4-3 overtime win over the Jr. Blues last Saturday

Goals For/Goals Against: 185GF/186 GA

Power Play: 17.0% (16th in the NAHL)

Penalty Kill: 82.2% (11th in the NAHL)

Leading Scorers: Caleb Schroer (50GP – 22G – 35A – 57PTS), Kevin Dineen (49GP – 16G – 35A – 51PTS), Joey Sofo (48GP – 25G – 20A – 45PTS)

WHO’S UP FRONT:

Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup: The Maine recruit has picked up the game-winning goal in three of the team’s six straight wins dating back to March 3rd. Schmidt-Svejstrup is a grinding forward with plenty of skill and scored in each of his only two games against Janesville since joining the Chill.

Caleb Schroer: The NAHL’s second-highest scorer with 57 points, Schroer has put together an impressive final season of his junior career. The Wisconsin Rapids native has a game-breaking ability on the penalty kill, too, with four goals and nine points shorthanded.

 

WHO’S ON D:

Matt Doran: The former Milwaukee Jr. Admiral defenseman plays a strong two-way game and has a great point shot. Doran has some pugnaciousness in him, too, with 63 PIMs this season.

WHO’S IN GOAL: 

Brad Arvanitis: The Chill have split their six-game winning streak evenly over Arvanitis and Joe Marcoullier, who have turned in three wins each. Arvanitis kicked off last weekend’s three-game stint for the Chill, so with a home-and-home versus Austin following their visit to Janesville, we’ll see if head coach Ryan Egan and his staff tap Arvanitis tonight.