Janesville Bluebirds fall on road
Janesville scored first, but the Bluebirds could not control Big Eight Conference-leading Verona on Thursday on the road as the Wildcats rallied for a 9-3 victory.
The Bluebirds (5-7-1 in the Big Eight, 12-10-1 overall) opened the scoring, but Verona responded quickly to tie the game.
“There wasn’t much time to celebrate,” said Janesville coach John Mauermann. “It was short-lived.”
The Bluebirds then played even, but were whistled for a penalty. Verona converted and it seemed to deflate Janesville
“We stopped playing the last couple of minutes,” Mauermann said. “Suddenly it was a 4-1 game.”
Janesville had a shot to get back in the game when Verona was hit with a penalty.
“We go on a power play, but we made four terrible decisions with the puck,” Mauermann said. “They scored a short-handed goal, and all our work is lost.”
Verona is 12-1-1 in the conference and 22-1-1 overall.
“They are a pretty good squad,” Mauermann said. “You can’t have the breakdowns like we had.”
The Bluebirds play Madison Memorial at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Janesville Ice Arena.
VERONA 9, JANESVILLE 3
Janesville 1 1 1—3
Verona 4 1 4—9
Janesville goals—Tanner Woodman 2, D.J. Mussey.
Verona goals—Zach Jones 3, Louie Ellis 2, Sven Marnauzs, Brogan baker, Eddie Matsushima, Charlie Parker.
Saves—Michael MacDougall (J) 28, Tyler Lewis (J) 10, Matt Opsal 19