First-place Verona gets past Bluebirds
The Verona boys hockey team proved Tuesday night why its in a league of its own in the Big Eight Conference.
The defending conference champion Wildcats jumped out to an early lead and coasted to a 6-1 win over the Janesville Bluebirds at the Janesville Ice Skating Center.
Janesville's high school co-op team cut the lead to 2-1 in the first period on Braden Perkins' goal, but Verona (19-2-0, 11-0-0) goalie Alex Jones kept the Bluebirds off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Verona outscored Janesville 14-1 in two games this season.
"Verona's got a couple of good lines, and they were able to take advantage of a couple of breakdowns we had," Janesville coach John Mauermann said.
"We worked our butts off the first period and a half and didn't have much to show for it. And then when we had a chance to keep it close, they got a goal late in the second period to make it 4-1."
Janesville plays at Madison East/La Follette on Thursday night.
VERONA 6, JANESVILLE 1
Verona 3 1 2—6
Janesville 1 0 0—1
V—Nolan Kepler (Zach Jones), 8:07. V—Charlie Parker (Jones, Kepler), 8:37. J—Braden Perkins (Harry Henschler), 10:03. V—Phillipe Fromberger (Zach Lanz, Zac Keryluk), 11:09.
V— Zac Keryluk (Harry Seid, Brogan Baker), pp, 15:16.
V—Baker (Seid, Pat Stevens), 8:09. V—Parker (Jones, Fromberger), ,pp, 16:03.
Saves—Alex Jones (V) 14, Tyler Lewis (J) 17, Michael MacDougall (J) 11.