In a game that the Springfield Jr. Blues were held scoreless throughout the first 53 minutes, the team rallied with three goals in the final seven minutes and defeated the Janesville Jets 3-1 Saturday night.
With the team trailing 1-0 at the 13:10 mark of the third period, Brett Skibba scored a powerplay goal on a slap shot from the near boards. Mike Fazio (pictured above) and Terry Leabo were credited with assists on the play.
Three minutes later, Fazio scored a goal of his own to give the Jr. Blues a 2-1 lead with both Mitch Rogge and Brett Skibba assisting on the play. Fazio then scored his second goal and finalized the score at 3-1 in Springfield's favor.
Janesville got their lone goal off the stick of Zach Diamiantoni at the 6:10 mark of the second period, which at the time gave the Jets a 1-0 lead. Both Conor Lemirande and former Jr Blue Ruslan Pedan getting assists.
Tonight's goalies both performed well. Jr. Blues goalie Ryan Kellenberger allowed just one goal for the second consecutive start as he did last weekend against Topeka in the teams 1-0 loss. Kellenberger successfully saved 21 of 22 shot attempts and earned his second victory of the season.
As for the Jets starter, Brock Kautz, saved 38-of-40 Springfield shots but picked up his second straight loss.
The Jr. Blues out shot Janesville in every period on the night and overall, 41-22. Both teams had three power plays each for the game, with Springfield going 1-for-3 and the Jets went 0-for-3 on the one-man advantage–making Springfield 2-8 on the weekend and Janesville 0-8.
Springfield improved to 6-8-2 (14 points) following the game while Janesville fell to 7-7-2 (16 points) overall on the season. The Jr. Blues have now won five of their last six games and will hit the road to take on Johnstown for two games on both Friday and Saturday nights next weekend.
Official Scoring Summary:
First Period-No Scoring in Opening Period
Second Period-(JAN) Zach Diamontoni (Conor Lemirande, Ruslan Pedan) 6:03
Third Period-(SPR) Brett Skibba (Terry Leabo, Mike Fazio) (Powerplay) 13:10; (SPR) Mike Fazio (Brett Skibba, Mitch Rogge) 16:30; (SPR) Mike Fazio (Jack Sloan) (empty-net) 19:07
Three Stars of the Game (official from the stadium):
1. Mike Fazio (Springfield)
2. Ryan Kellengberger (Springfield)
3. Brett Skibba (Springfield)