The Janesville Jets certainly played like the best team in the NAHL against the Springfield Jr. Blues when the two teams met this season.
The Jets finished the season with the highest point total in NAHL history by beating the Blues 3-1 on Saturday.
Kevin Klima scored in the second period to tie the game up for Springfield off a cross-ice pass from his twin brother Kelly. The Klima twins have played with a number of different players on their line this season. Kelly peeled off a check in the far corner of the Janesville zone, swung around to the near side and got a pass, and found Kevin for the equalizer.
But that’s as far the Jr. Blues would get as Janesville, with a solid group of fans in attendance at the Nelson Center, got a go-ahead goal from Mitch Fossier off a behind-the-net feed from Zach Solow a few minutes later to put Janesville back on top. Brandon Schultz scored his second goal of the game and 28th of the season to make it a 3-1 lead in the third period for the Jets, who finish with 100 points off 49 wins this season, the first team in the North American Hockey League to do so.
The Jets will play the Michigan Warriors, who reeled off an improbable comeback into the playoff picture thanks in part to a late-season collapse by Johnstown. The other first-round NAHL playoff series in the North Division will be Keystone against Soo.
This was the last game for five Jr. Blues players tonight due to college commitments or age- Lester Lancaster, Joshua Lammon, Brendan Jacques, Cam Cooper, and Michael Crowley. Congratulations to all of those players and best wishes as they move on with their careers.
Thanks for following the Jr. Blues. Stay tuned for offseason news and be sure to join us for another exciting season of NAHL hockey from the Illinois capital in September.
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