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Janesville Falls In Home Opener

12/16/2020, 8:00pm CST
By Mike Hammett WiPH Staff

costly penalties lead to Stars win

The Wisconsin Prep Hockey Game of the Week featured two teams who played in the playoffs back in February.

 The Brookfield Stars topped Janesville 5-4 back then in a hard fought game to the end. Janesville had a chance to possibly avenge the stinging loss.

 But it was the Stars who once again who prevailed in a 5-3 win in a game which had all 8 goals scored by special teams. 

 Janesville did jump out first on a shorthanded goal by Walker Kulas.  With a Dman pinching in at the point, Kulas poked the puck behind him, and raced to the other end and scored blocker side past goalie Josiah Dieman for the lead. It was a short lived lead as the Stars on the same power play get a goal from Logan Widmer to even things up. The shots at the end of the period were 9 apiece and a 1-1 score.

 The second period had both teams trading power play goals. Cayden Erickson scored for the Bluebirds, while the Stars got their goal from William Stornello.

 So the third period had things get a little crazy. Both teams were whistled numerous times for infractions. With the Stars on a power play Janesville was able to get another shorthanded goal. Tyler Steuck was set up by fellow Sophomore Jake Schaffner to make it a 3-2 lead early in the third period.

That would however would be the last lead of the night for the home team.

 Janesville's inability to stay out of the penalty box was the difference. With a 5 minute penalty ofr boarding the Stars erased the 3-2 deficit and made it a 4-3 lead. Devin Rozman and Cooper Black scored on the major powerplay.

 Janesville could not capitalize on a couple late power plays and the Stars' Braden Kloida scored with the extra attacker on for Janesville for the 5-3 final.

 Janesville goalie Cody Kaas made 31 saves in the game. while Stars goalie Josiah Dieman made 23. Janesville goes to 0-1 on the season, while Brookfield improves to a 2-3 mark. The Stars next game is Friday at Appleton. Janesville hosts Waunakee on Thursday.

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