With no weekend games, players enjoyed some much-needed rest. Jets coaches gave players extra days off and many traveled home to see family and friends last week.
Midwest Division Recap
With the Jets off, the Minnesota Magicians had a chance to erase up to four points on the Jets’ lead, but were swept at the Odde Ice Center against the Aberdeen Wings, 5-2 and 4-1. The Fairbanks Ice Dogs jumped up in the standings with a home sweep of their in-state rivals, the Kenai River Brown Bears. The Springfield Jr. Blues salvaged a split after a 4-3 Friday loss in Topeka with a 2-1 overtime win over the RoadRunners on Saturday, and the Coulee Region Chill also followed up a Friday loss, beating the Austin Bruins 5-1 to stay in the playoff hunt.
Midwest Division Standings
|3||Fairbanks Ice Dogs||20-22-2-1||43|
|4||Springfield Jr. Blues||20-20-1-1||42|
|5||Coulee Region Chill||18-21-2-0||38|
|6||Kenai River Brown Bears||10-32-2-0||22|
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ Springfield Jr. Blues – 7:05 p.m. CST
Friday, February 17, 2017 @ Coulee Region Chill – 7:00 p.m. CST
Saturday, February 18, 2017 vs. Coulee Region Chill – 7:00 p.m. CST
The Jets follow up their off week with three divisional games in five nights starting Tuesday with a Valentine’s Day date with the Jr. Blues in Springfield, Illinois. The Jr. Blues are hungry to keep the pressure off from the fifth-place Coulee Region Chill, with whom Janesville will split a home-and-home series this weekend. The Jets travel on Friday, and will host the Chill Saturday in the final series with Coulee Region this season. After Saturday, the two in-state rivals will play just three more times, all individual games taking place three Thursdays in a row (3/23, 3/30, 4/6).
PROMOTIONS & EVENTS…
Saturday night is Special Olympics Night at the Janesville Ice Arena. It’s also the second of four Kid’s Club nights, where members of the Jets’ Culver’s Kids Club can get into the game for no cost.
IN THE COMMUNITY…
On Wednesday, Jets players will continue a four-week partnership between the Jets and Riverfront, a community organization who provides employment, independent living, and leisure opportunities to adults with disabilities in Rock County. Jets players will visit every Wednesday morning in February to work on activities and play games with participants.
On Thursday, Blake Wareham, Adam Roeder, Carter Ekberg, and Michael Maloney will begin teaching two first grade classrooms at Van Buren Elementary School through Junior Achievement, an organization which helps children to value free enterprise through educational programs.
Last week, Peter Bates, Keegan Miller, Cullen Munson, LA Grissom, and Adam Roeder were named to the NAHL’s Midwest Division team at this month’s Top Prospects Tournament in Plymouth, Michigan…Jakov Novak and Michael Maloney were also named to the Selects Team, a roster picked by NHL Central Scouting…Defenseman Blake Wareham announced his Division I commitment on Monday to Canisius College (Atlantic Hockey)