Janesville Bluebirds skate to tie
The Janesville Bluebirds played well enough to win Tuesday night.
Unfortunately, the city’s high school co-op hockey team had to settle for a tie.
Middleton scored two third-period goals to force overtime and neither team scored in the extra session in a 3-3 Big Eight Conference final at the Janesville Ice Arena.
Janesville (4-1-1, 1-1-1) dominated play throughout but needed Connor Perkins’ unassisted goal at 14:58 of the third to get even at 3-3.
“It was one of those nights where I was excited about our energy and our effort on the ice, but we had three pucks at the doorstep that would’ve won the game that didn’t go in,” Janesville coach John Mauermann said.
“We did some good things on the ice, but we also had chances to make a play and clear the puck and didn’t, and that came back to haunt us.”
With the game tied 1-1 in the second, Janesville took a 2-1 lead at 16:50 when Sam Iverson tipped in Perkins’ shot from the point.
Middleton tied the game at 7:50 of third and briefly took a 3-2 lead on Casey Harper’s power-play goal with just under four minutes left. Perkins got the game-tying goal on a blast out front that goaltender Zach Kasdorf had no chance to block.
Janesville had two point-blank shots in the closing minutes that would’ve won the game, but Kasdorf kicked one away and snared another with his glove.
“What our guys have to continue to understand is that good things will happen when you get the puck to the net,” Mauermann said. “We passed up some shots tonight trying to make the extra pass instead of getting the puck on net.
“But overall, I’m very pleased with the effort. I’ve got a good group of kids that are working hard.”
Janesville plays a nonconference game at Milwaukee Marquette on Saturday afternoon.