Weekend Preview: Jets at Magicians/vs. Norsemen (G54, G55 & G56)

Apr 1, 2022

By Calvin Bush (@calvin_bush24) | April 1, 2022 | 4:15 pm

RICHFIELD, MN — With just seven games remaining in the regular season and two points outside the playoff picture, the Jets enter a crucial weekend against a bubble team in the Minnesota Magicians and powerhouse in the St. Cloud Norsemen. It’s the last weekend in Minnesota during the regular season and comes at a time when the Magicians are also fighting to claw their way back into the playoffs in a last-ditch effort; they trail the Jets by four points, so a sweep for either team is, of course, the ideal and truly, the only way to finish the series. Janesville will then head back to home ice for another afternoon matchup against the St. Cloud Norsemen on Sunday at 2 PM. The only other matchup against the Central Division leaders was a high-energy and thrilling come-from-behind win that saw the Jets score four unanswered goals and win in overtime to extend their winning streak to ten games.

The Anchorage Wolverines have a two-point lead over the Jets in the last playoff spot in the Midwest and have two more games against the Chippewa Steel this weekend. They fell in a shootout to the Steel on Thursday night but managed one critical point in the loss.

Following their split series against the Minnesota Wilderness last week, the Jets are looking to set the tone on Friday and keep it consistent for the remaining games this weekend. The Jets won an exciting heavyweight match in a 4-3 shootout against the Wilderness last Friday but were held scoreless in a 4-0 loss on Saturday, just the second time the team had been shut out this year. It was a frustrating loss, to put it bluntly, and was a letdown given the fight the team showed the previous night. While it was a difficult pill to swallow at the time, the Jets have put last Saturday in the rearview mirror and are moving on to focus on the task at hand this weekend.

Janesville is still in a position of potential, as they have games in hand over the Wilderness, Ice Dogs, and Jr. Blues but are tied with the Wolverines. The Magicians have been in a funk as of late, with just four wins in their last ten games. They’ve secured at least a point in three of their six losses but have a significant mountain to climb to keep the playoff hopes alive. They’ll have two games against the Kenai River Brown Bears next weekend and will finish their season in Anchorage for a three-game set against the Wolverines.

Next week, Janesville will host the Minnesota Wilderness in arguably the biggest series from the Hangar this year and round out the regular season in Springfield against the Jr. Blues. Yeesh. It’s not an easy road ahead for the Jets, but this team has shown its resiliency time and time again throughout this season. If there’s a time to show your teeth, bite down on the mouthguard, and swing for the fences, it’s this weekend.

You can watch Friday and Saturday’s road games with a friendly road call on HockeyTV on the “Away Audio” feed! You can also tune in to our live radio feed on Mixlr for the opening games against the Magicians by clicking the “Listen Live” tab at the top of our website or by clicking here. Sunday’s game will also be featured on HockeyTV with Mike Hammett on the call.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM CT on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday’s matchup with the Norsemen kicks off at 2 PM CT, with doors to the arena open at 1 PM. You can purchase tickets at the door of the arena or on our Facebook page. It’s a special promo on Sunday: Senior Day! Those 60 years of age and older receive FREE admission to the afternoon matinee! If you’re not watching or listening, you can always follow us on our TwitterFacebook, and Instagram platforms for updates.



Record: 30-22-0-1 (5th, Midwest)
Road Record: 12-15-0-0
Home Record: 18-7-0-1
Goals For/Game: 3.70 (4th)
Goals Against/Game:
3.36 (18th)
Shots For/Game: 29.51 (27th)
Shots Against/Game:
30.60 (14th)
Power Play:
23.1% (8th) 
Penalty Kill:
72.2% (27th)
Top Scorers: 
F Cy LeClerc (53GP—30G-38A—68PTS); F Jan Lasak (44GP—24G-21A—45PTS); F William Gustavsson (49GP—19G-24A—43PTS)
Goaltenders: Owen Millward (27-11-0-0; 2.76 GAA; .909 SV%); Michael D’Orazio (3-8-0-0; 3.84 GAA; .879 SV%); Ryan Whittaker (0-1-0-0;  6.00 GAA; .778 SV%)
Rostered Commitments: F Robby Newton (University of Wisconsin); F Grayden Daul (University of Wisconsin); F Jonah Aegerter (St. Cloud State); F Cy LeClerc (University of New Hampshire); F Jan Lasak (St. Lawrence University); F Ethan Begg (University of Vermont); F Jack Ford (Army-West Point); D AJ Casperson (Long Island University); F Jimmy Doyle (St. Lawrence University); F Jack Larrigan (University of Notre Dame); F Joseph Kramer (Providence College); D Cal Mell (Union College); D Charlie Lieberman (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute); D Spencer Kring (Bethel University)


Record: 24-20-6-3 (6th, Midwest)
Home Record: 14-9-4-1 
Goals For/Game:
3.43 (10th)
Goals Against/Game:
3.68 (24th)
Shots For/Game:
31.32 (12th)
Shots Against/Game:
33.66 (21st)
Power Play:
20.4% (14th)
Penalty Kill:
76% (24th)
Top Scorers:
F Hunter Longhi (52GP—24G-33A—57PTS); F Gavin Best (53GP—19G-33A—52PTS); F Lucas Kanta (52GP—23G-28A—51PTS)
Josh Seeley (10-18-4-1; 3.76 GAA; .901 SV%); Josh Langford (5-7-1-1; 2.98 GAA; .888 SV%)
Rostered Commitments:
D Jon Bell (Army); F Rob Christy (St. John’s University); D Patrick Czarnecki (University of Massachusetts); D Daniil Dolzhenko (University of Massachusetts-Lowell); F Sam Jacobs (Air Force Academy); F Lucas Kanta (Army); F Trevor Kukkonen (Michigan Tech University)


Record: 35-15-2-1 (1st, Central)
Road Record: 15-9-0-0
Goals For/Game: 3.85 (3rd)
Goals Against/Game:
2.72 (6th)
Shots For/Game: 35.34 (3rd)
Shots Against/Game:
25.04 (2nd)
Power Play:
26% (5th)
Penalty Kill:
83.6% (9th)
Top Scorers:
F Ryan O’Neill (50GP—29G-43A—72PTS); F Blake Mesenburg (53GP—24G-33A—57PTS); F Nik Hong (50GP—17G-32A—49PTS)
Goaltenders: Tomas Bolo (25-7-1-4; 2.38 GAA; .906 SV%); Ethan Dahlmeir (8-4-1-3; 2.72 GAA; .888 SV%)
Rostered Commitments:
F Ryan O’Neill (University of St. Thomas); D John Opilka (St. Cloud State University); F Blake Perbix (Northern Michigan); F Nate Warner (University of Minnesota); F Chase Freiermuth (Air Force Academy); D Gunnar Johnson (St. Olaf); F Brandon Lajoie (University of Alaska-Anchorage); F Blake Mesenburg (Miami University); D Evan Murr (Minnesota State-Mankato)

100+ NCAA commitments since 2009.