JANESVILLE, WI — The streak heads to Springfield.
Back-to-back sweeps over the Minnesota Magicians added to a November 2nd road victory in Springfield to equal a five-game tear for the Jets. That’s currently the third-best active streak in the NAHL behind Kenai River (8) and Bismarck (6).
“I would say right now we’re in a good place as an organization,” said head coach Corey Leivermann. “Five straight wins is awesome, and it’s good to play with some confidence.”
The confidence is evident, and appears contagious throughout the locker room. The wins have been so diverse in fashion that they give The Breakfast Club a run for their money. The comeback, overtime thriller. The goal-scoring fury and the staving-off of a comeback. The goaltending clinic bailing out a poor possession night. The classic goaltending duel.
Different players have stepped up at different times for Janesville. It’ll take another pair of team efforts this weekend to take care of a bitter and hungry Jr. Blues team, who are on a different kind of streak.
Since that November 2nd game, the beginning of the Jets’ streak, the Jr. Blues have managed one win in seven games. Their recent three-loss weekend at Kenai River surrendered 17 goals, five on the power play.
“They’re gonna be hungry, we know that,” said Leivermann. “But we just ran into that same situation this past weekend. We had just swept Minnesota, and then had to go into their building where we knew we’d get their best. We found a way to take care of business in those four games. With win streaks, I think everyone kind of looks at you and wants to knock you down. For us, we just have to control what we can control and we’ll come out with the result we want.”
Fri Nov 22 | 7:05pm CT
Sat Nov 23 | 6:05pm CT
Record: 10-10-1-0 (4th, Midwest)
Road Record: 5-5-0-0
Last Ten Games: 6-3-1-0
Goals For/Game: 2.86 (15th)
Goals Against/Game: 3.29 (16th)
Shots For/Game: 29.19 (18th)
Shots Against/Game: 32.24 (18th)
Power Play: 23.1% (8th)
Penalty Kill: 80.9% (13th)
Top Scorers: F Nick Nardella (15GP—4G-7A—11TS); F Isaac Novak (9GP—5G-4A—9TS); D Grant Hindman (13GP—1G-6A—7TS)
Goaltenders: Grant Riley (7-7-1-0, 3.05 GAA, .907 SV%); Sam Evola (3-1-0-1, 3.87 GAA, .883 SV%)
Rostered Commitments: F Jake Dunlap (UMass Amherst); D Grant Hindman (Lake Superior State); F Max Itagaki (RPI); F Parker Lindauer (Northern Michigan); F Nick Nardella (Michigan Tech); F Isaac Novak (Wisconsin); D Casey Roepke (Wisconsin); F Charlie Schoen (Arizona State)
SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES
Record: 7-12-2-1 (5th, Midwest)
Home Record: 4-3-2-1
Last Ten Games: 3-6-1-0
Goals For/Game: 2.23 (21st)
Goals Against/Game: 3.59 (23rd)
Shots For/Game: 30.14 (14th)
Shots Against/Game: 30.82 (12th)
Power Play: 17.2% (13th)
Penalty Kill: 66.7% (25th)
Top Scorers: F Caden Villegas (22GP—4G-10A—14PTS); F Danila Larionovs (22GP—6G-6A—12PTS); Multiple Players (10PTS)
Goaltenders: Ryan Wilson (6-6-1-0, 2.85 GAA, .904 SV%); Alex Proctor (1-3-1-1), 4.36 GAA, .873 SV%)
Rostered Commitments: F Hunter Longhi (Harvard); F Caden Villegas (Union); G Ryan Wilson (Army)