The Coulee Region Chill gave their all, but in the end, that wasn’t enough to slow down the Midwest Division’s top-seeded team.
After suffering a pair of one-goal losses in Janesville last weekend, the Chill suffered their third in as many games, as the Jets escaped Green Island Ice Arena with a 4-3, overtime win.
The victory clinched a 3-0 series sweep for Janesville, which takes on either Minnesota or Fairbanks in the second round of the Robertson Cup playoffs.
As for the Chill, their season came to a disappointing end on the back of yet another heartbreaking defeat.
Cole Paskus did the honors in overtime, beating Coulee Region goaltender Brad Arvanitis with a game-winning goal at 5:07. Arvanitis finished with 40 saves, while Janesville’s Jacob Barczewski collected 36 in his third consecutive victory.
The third period was largely controlled by the Jets, who were rewarded early with their second go-ahead goal of the night after 69 seconds.
Kipp Hoffman was the man to score it, but a defensive-zone turnover from Coulee Region served it on a plate. Controlling the puck behind his own net, Chill defenseman Steven Quagliata had the puck stolen by Cullen Munson, who found Peter Bates with his first touch. Bates then found Hoffman, who buried a one-time shot at the doorstep to make it 3-2.
The Chill eventually responded, but it took them nearly 18 minutes to do so.
While successfully protecting an empty net, Joey Sofo buried the equalizer at 18:45. Quagliata provided the assist, feeding Sofo from the far-side boards and an inch-perfect pass to the low slot.
The first period also belonged to Janesville.
Bates gave the Jets their third 1-0 advantage in as many playoff games, and its second such lead inside 60 seconds of the opening faceoff. Bates lit the lamp after just 55 seconds Friday night.
Less than 15 minutes later, Jakov Novak scored another for the Jets, who led 2-0 after 20 minutes.
Coulee Region punched back in the middle frame with a two goals from a pair of first-line forwards. Holmen native Justin Kendall halved the Chill’s initial deficit with his first of the postseason at 1:12. Isaac Theisen then leveled the score at 13:33, sending both sides into second intermission knotted at 2 apiece.