The first period was like the movie Fast and Furious. Both teams played to a draw with only two penalties at the end of the stanza. McBride was given a total of four minutes of penalties, two minutes for a facemask and two minutes for roughing. Kyle Cook mixed it up with the Jets’ player and was called for two minutes for roughing. Both teams had just six shots on goal and after one it was 0 – 0.
The second period was more of the same, fast and furious hockey with tempers heating up. Rehm was called for an elbow, Paul Byrne was whistled for a check from behind and just before the end of the period Ben Kramer and McBride wrestled to the ice and were given two minute penalties for delay of game. The physicality was more pronounced and picked up during the second. With the Jets on a power play, Kyle Cook stole the puck and lit the lamp for the only score of the game, and after two periods the Blues led 1 – 0.
The third period was evenly matched in speed and defense until Cody Dixon, from the left side, elevated the puck over the Jets Goalie’s left shoulder to make the score 2 – 0. Kevin Walters and Chris Sitler assisted on the goal. That sums up the fast and furious action as the Jr. Blues take game one of the first round of the playoffs.
Game two is tomorrow night, right here at the Janesville ice arena.