Janesville, Wis. – The MN Magicians Magicians and the Janesville Jets were evenly matched throughout their contest, but MN Magicians made the most of its opportunities and won, 4-2.
Neither team gained more than a two-goal lead, and Thomas Delaney's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.
The Magicians were paced by Delaney, who had one goal. Delaney scored 9:08 into the third period to make the score 3-2 MN Magicians. Nick Uglem provided the assist.
In a losing effort, Janesville was led by Drew Callin, who grabbed two goals. Callin scored the first of his two goals at 6:39 into the second period to make the score 2-1 MN Magicians. Jesse Junttila picked up the assist. Callin's next tally made the score 2-2 with 11:08 left in the second period. An elbowing penalty on Jordan Stejskal had put the Jets on the power play. Michael Louria assisted on the tally.
MN Magicians got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game. With 38 shots on target during the contest, the Magicians exceeded the 24.4 shots they average per game this year.
Janesville excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. By firing 30 shots on goal, the Jets exceeded the 24.7 shots they average per game this year.
MN Magicians' Bryan Nies stopped 28 shots out of the 30 that he faced. The Magicians ended with 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major. Brock Kautz rejected 34 shots on goal for Janesville. The Jets totaled 13 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 1-for-3 on the power play.
Coach Jason Dobes says, “As far as tonight went we started off slow. As a young team we have to learn to be ready to go at 7:05 not 7:15. We had some costly turnovers which is a costly thing that the young kids are going to have to learn from, but it’s nice to see the guys get down and fight back. We did it last night and we did it again tonight, we are part way there and now we need to get over this hump and start to learn to be consistent and win hockey games. That is kind of where we are at right now.”