Weekend Preview: Jr. Blues @ Jets (G40 & G41)

By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle) | January 31, 2020 | 12:39pm

JANESVILLE, WI — The first of six straight home games begins tonight for the Jets.

The team is brimming with confidence following a week that saw:

Now in front of them is a huge opportunity to gather that energy, focus it into two complete games, and deliver two wins to their home fans and four points to the standings.

Place Team GP Record Pts
1 Fairbanks Ice Dogs 43 31-9-1-2 65
2 Kenai River Brown Bears 43 24-14-2-3 53
3 Chippewa Steel 35 23-12-0-0 46
4 Janesville Jets 39 16-22-1-0 33
5 Minnesota Magicians 39 11-20-5-3 30
6 Springfield Jr. Blues 41 13-25-2-1 29

With the division-leading Fairbanks Ice Dogs absolutely surging (winners of 10 straight, points in 13 straight games), it’s becoming increasingly likely that the perennial Robertson Cup contenders will again take the Midwest Division regular season title.

Last year’s Jets survived late-season leadership changes, qualified for the playoffs as the fourth seed, and were swept by the Ice Dogs in the opening round.

With the momentum built right now, this year’s Jets have an opportunity to chip away at that 13-point gap between themselves and the third-place Steel (eight games remaining between the rivals should help). Perhaps more importantly, this team can finish the final third of the regular season playing like the team they’ve shown only in flashes so far, and hit the playoffs as a very dangerous threat to anyone in their path.

Fri Jan 31 |  7:05pm CT

Sat Feb 1  |  7:05pm CT

 

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JANESVILLE JETS

 

Record: 16-22-1-0 (4th, Midwest)

Home Record: 4-8-1-0

Last Ten Games: 4-6-0-0

Goals For/Game: 2.59 (19th)

Goals Against/Game: 3.62 (20th)

Shots For/Game: 28.46 (21st)

Shots Against/Game: 33.69 (19th)

Power Play: 21.8% (11th)

Penalty Kill: 82.7% (10th)

Top Scorers: F Nick Nardella (39GP—14G-21A—35PTS); F Isaac Novak (33GP—16G-12A—28PTS); F Charlie Schoen (23GP—3G-17A—20PTS)

Goaltenders: Grant Riley (11-16-1-0, 3.29 GAA, .904 SV%); Riley Sims (2-2-0-0, 3.41 GAA, .900 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); G Grant Riley (Boston College); D Casey Roepke (Wisconsin); F Jackson Sabo (Air Force); F Charlie Schoen (Arizona State)


SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES

 

Record: 13-25-2-1 (6th, Midwest)

Road Record: 3-13-0-0

Last Ten Games: 4-6-0-0

Goals For/Game: 2.51 (21st)

Goals Against/Game: 3.63 (21st)

Shots For/Game: 30.54 (18th)

Shots Against/Game: 31.05 (10th)

Power Play: 19.2% (13th)

Penalty Kill: 68.6% (25th)

Top Scorers: F Caden Villegas (41GP—12G-20A—32PTS); F Hunter Longhi (35GP—10G-13A—23PTS); F Jonathan Panisa (27GP—8G-15A—23PTS)

Goaltenders: Ryan Wilson (9-15-1-0, 3.35 GAA, .889 SV%); Joe Sharib (1-1-0-0, 2.51 GAA, .923 SV%); Cole Walter

Rostered Commitments: F Hunter Longhi (Harvard); F Jonathan Panisa (UMass Amherst); G Joe Sharib (Union); F Caden Villegas (Union); G Ryan Wilson (Army)


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