The Janesville Jets scored three times in the 2nd period to build up a 4-1 lead and popped in three more in the third to defeat the Minnesota Wilderness 7-3 Sunday afternoon.
After both teams traded goals for a 1-1 tie in the first, Janesville dialed up the intensity early in the 2nd and capitalized with goals 44 seconds apart from Connor Deturris and Joseph Kramer.
Later in the frame, moments after Minnesota killed a 5-minute major penalty on Calvin Knight, two more penalties on the Wilderness gave Janesville a 2-man advantage. The Jets capitalized on the 5-on-3 with Kramer’s 2nd goal of the game with 5:40 left to make the score 4-2.
The Wilderness answered in the final minute of the second to cut the deficit to two on a power play goal from Ren Morque. The veteran defenseman fired in his 4th of the season with an assist from Gunnar Thoreson with 25 seconds left.
A Joe Cesario goal in the third gave the Wilderness a little more hope in the effort to comeback. Cesario fired in a shot from the right face off circle for his 11th tally of the year moments after another Minnesota power play had expired.
That would be the closest the Wilderness would get. Max Wagener sent one past Isak Posch with 3:13 left in the frame to make the score 5-3, and his team added two more on an empty net–Kramer adding his third goal to complete a hat trick and Jacob Delaney also firing one in from deep in his own zone.
It had appeared the Wilderness had scored one more to make the game 5-4 on a series of shots from directly in front of the Janesville net. Cole Gordon seemed to have jammed one past goaltender Dylan Johnson, but there was no light from the goal judge, nor did the on-ice officials indicate it crossed the line. The Wilderness also questioned Kramer’s first goal in the 2nd, as it slipped into the Wilderness net immediately after a whistle, and the team believed Wagener’s tally was knocked in with a high stick and should have been disallowed. The officials confirmed both of those markers were good goals.
Scoring in the first period was Jimmy Doyle for Janesville, a short-handed goal 12:00 into the frame, and Charlie Erickson with 1:08 left. Erickson’s red-lighter is his 4th of the year and was assisted by Michael Quinn and Severi Sulonen.
Janesville finished with a 33-24 shot advantage.
On special teams, Minnesota went one-for-five on the power play, while the Jets converted once on three chances.
The Wilderness will look to bounce back and close out its 2022 portion of the schedule while still in first place next weekend. It will be another long road trip and as it will head to Springfield for a 2-game set with the Jr. Blues Dec. 16-17.