The Wisconsin Windigo’s road trip continued as they traveled to Janesville, WI, to take on the Jets. The Windigo entered the weekend in first place in the Midwest Division with 63 points. Janesville was in 7th place in the division with 51 points headed into the weekend series.
Friday, March 10: Wisconsin Windigo 3 @ Janesville Jets 2: The Windigo got off to a quick start, scoring just 16 seconds into the game. Drew Fisher scored his 7th goal of the year, burying a pass from Chris Kernan at the top of the goal crease. Cashen Naeve was credited with the second assist on Fisher’s goal. Patrick Isiguzo put the Windigo up 2-0 just 5:57 into the game when he redirected Cole Mickel’s shot from the point past the Jets netminder. Zach Cline was credited with the secondary assist. The onslaught for the Windigo continued with Luke Levandowski scoring his 22nd of the year on the power play at 10:58 of the first period. Cole Mickel and Ben Anderson set up the play. Both teams were scoreless in the second period. The Jets launched a comeback attempt with their first goal 8:50 into the third period. Janesville scored again at 18:16 of the third period to come within a goal of the Windigo. The Windigo were able to shut down the Jets the rest of the way to seal the victory. Windigo netminder Gavin Moffat earned his 16th win of the season with 23 saves. The Windigo registered 28 shots during the contest.
Saturday, Wisconsin Windigo 0 @ Janesville Jets 2: In Saturday’s re-match, the first period saw Janesville outshoot the Windigo 10 to 5, but both teams failed to score. The second period remained scoreless as well, with the Jets outshooting the Windigo 12 to 7. Janesville broke this ice 13:11 into the third period to take the lead 1-0. Despite having a 5 minute power play opportunity when the Jets took a major penalty with 6:33 remaining, the Windigo failed to score on several attempts. The Windigo outshot the Jets in the 3rd period 16 to 7. With just 2 seconds remaining, the Jets sealed the victory with an empty netter. Goaltender Selby Warren earned the shutout for the Jets on 28 saves. Gavin Moffat took the loss in net for the Windigo with 27 saves on the 28 shots he faced. “Our offense turned flat after the first period last night. We had a number of grade A chances late in the game tonight, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Moffatt played well in net for us this weekend. We didn’t give him the goal support he needed tonight,“ commented Windigo head coach Blake Hietala after Saturday’s loss.
Up Next: The Windigo return home to face the Janesville Jets on March 17-18 at the Dome in Eagle River, WI. Puck drop is 7pm both nights. Saturday’s game (3/18/23) was originally scheduled for 6PM but has been pushed back an hour to accomodate a. Tickets are available online at www.wisconsinjuniorhockey.com/tickets or at the door. Limited reserve section access is available for $15 and general admission is $10.