Mid-Season Report

Jan 4, 2015

Janesville Jets (1st place, 24-8-1, 49 pts.)

Armed with the largest division lead of any of the four division leaders, the Jets have parlayed their recent player advancement success into on-ice success as they arguably have been one of the most consistent teams in the NAHL this season. A slow start was a mere formality as the Jets have posted a 15-3-0 record in their last 18 games, which also currently includes an eight-game winning streak. On the ice, the Jets are disciplined and consistent. Their success is attributed to both their offense and defense, as they rank in the top five in the NAHL in each category. The Jets are tied for the best defense in the NAHL, allowing just 2.03 goals per game. The backbone has been a steady defense and another great find in 17-year-old goalie Matt Jurusik, who is following in the long line of successful goalies to play for Janesville. As one of the youngest goalies in the league, Jurusik leads the NAHL wins and is in the Top six in both goals against average and save percentage. Combine that with a veteran blueline consisting of solid defensemen like Alex Smith, Zach Yoder, Ian Janco and Grant Hutton, and it is no wonder the Jets are where they are. Up front, the scoring is balanced and productive. The Jets have three players already with 30 or more points in Zach Lavalle, Brandon Schultz and Evan Feno. Add to the mix talented forwards like Adam Winborg, Mitch Fossier, Dan Kucerovy, Cullen Munson and the recent return of veteran Drew Callin, and the Jets have almost no weakness. With an identical record at home, as well as, on the road and a favorable schedule the rest of the way and at the end of the regular season, and the Jets could make a run at the overall NAHL title if they keep playing the way they do.