Ducks land KMMO sniper Cartland for 2021-22 season

By Jim den Hollander


The Dells Ducks added a top-notch Wisconsin player to its lineup as Jake Cartland (‘02/Elkhorn, Wis.) signed his contract at the Lake Delton Ice Arena Sunday (May 2).

Cartland was the leading scorer for Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc in WIAA varsity play this past season with 25 goals and 46 points in just 23 games. He helped the team reach the Sectional Championship game where its progress was impeded by the University School of Milwaukee.

The lanky winger might be one of the best forwards to sign for the Ducks in the team’s 10-season history and Coach Shaun Falzone, a family friend of the Cartlands said in a video interview he was confident Cartland will transition well to the junior game.

Falzone has been busy since the end of the season, but particularly in the past couple weeks as he scouted at the NCDC Combine held near Detroit the previous weekend and has been watching the 2021 Chipotle USA Hockey Tier II 18U Nationals in Green Bay since Thursday. He dashed to Lake Delton to show the facilities at the Lake Delton Ice Arena.

Watch for more announcements in the days and weeks to come – Cartland is the fourth new signing of the off season as Falzone plans to make some big moves in the standings in his sophomore season since taking over the Dells Ducks last spring.

After signing his contract, Cartland and Falzone took a few minutes for a video interview.


Jets charge back to reach final four

By Jim den Hollander


The Janesville Jets U-18 squad pulled off another thrilling win at the 2021 Chipotle USA Hockey Tier II 18U National Championship tournament in Green Bay Sunday afternoon.

Down 4-1 in the third period, the Jets rallied back with four goals including the game winner scored by Boone Mathison (’02 senior Tomah) giving the team its only lead of the contest against the Cheektowaga Rec Hockey Warriors with 22 seconds to play in regulation.

The win ran the team’s record to 4-0 at the tournament and pushed the Jets into the final four of 32 teams that started the event on Thursday.

Calvin Grass (’03 junior Fond du Lac Springs) stepped up as the latest offensive leader in a weekend full of them, scoring three times for the Jets and Sam Brennan (’03 Eau Claire Memorial) fired the other Jets’ goal.

The Jets are scheduled to hit the ice at 6:30 p.m. Sunday (May 2) against the Tri-Valley Blue Devils from California in the semi-final contest. Winner of that game will move on to the Championship Monday at 11 a.m. against either the Green Bay Bobcats or Orland Park Vikings from the Chicago area.

Jets and Bobcats stay perfect at USA Hockey Nationals

By Jim den Hollander


Could the Green Bay Bobcats and Janesville Jets 18U squads be on a collision course?

There’s a long way to go but the two Wisconsin-based teams exited round robin play with three wins at the 2021 USA Hockey Tier II 18U Nationals with matching 3-0 records at the Cornerstone Ice Arena in De Pere.

The Cats finished with a 5-3 win against the Littleton (Colo.) Hawks to finish with a perfect nine points in pool play in the ‘USA’ Division.

The Jets doubled the Igloo Jaguars from New Jersey 6-3 to wrap up its third win for eight of a possible nine points – three wins, but the middle one against the Minnesota Moose coming in a shootout.

Both teams enter the round of eight and the only way they could meet each other would be in the National Championship contest.

Green Bay Bobcats 5 Littleton Hawks 2

The Bobcats made sure there wasn’t much drama in its final round robin win with three unanswered first period goals and another in the second before the Hawks finally hit the board.

Once again, goaltending played a big role for the Cats who have been outshot in each contest, this time by a whopping 36-13 margin.

Truett Wilson (’03 Fox Cities) got his turn between the pipes for the Bobcats and delivered in a big way helping the team carry a 5-1 lead out of the second period despite a 25-10 edge in shots for the Hawks.

Offensively, Dayne Deanovitch (’03 junior Fond du Lac Springs) enjoyed another solid game with a couple goals for the Cats and Grady Coppo (’03 junior De Pere) chipped in a goal and three assists. Tanner Newton (’03 junior De Pere) added a goal and assist, Joshua Christofferson (’03 senior Appleton United) scoring the other and Alexander Freund (’03 Neenah-Hortonville-Menasha) assisting on two.

As the top seed in the ‘USA’ Pool, the Bobcats advance to play the Minnesota Moose (1-1-1) who ranked second in the ‘Olympic’ Division Sunday at the Hilliard/Weyers Arena – one of three ice surfaces in the Cornerstone complex, at 9 a.m.

Winner of that game will advance to the first of two semi-finals at 6:15 p.m. Sunday against either the Montgomery (Md.) Blue Devils or the Orland Park (Ill.) Vikings.


Janesville Jets 6 Igloo (N.J.) Jaguars 3

Despite wins in the first two games, the Jets had not clinched a spot in the quarterfinals but two goals 51-seconds apart near the middle of the first period sent the team on its way to a division clinching victory.

Up 2-1 after a period, the Jets made sure with three unanswered middle period markers then scored on its only shot of the final 17 minutes for the win.

Boone Mathison (’02 Tomah) paced the offense with a three-goal game and added an assist while Isaac Frenette (’02 senior Chippewa Falls) put together a third big game with four helpers. Travis Slaght (’03 junior Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells) and Adam Franken (’03 junior Oregon) both picked up a goal and assist and the other goal came from Mason Manglitz (’02 senior, Onalaska) who, like Frenette, contributed in all three contests.

John Schroeder (’03 University School) went the distance in goal for the Jets who move on to play the Cheektowaga Rec Hockey Warriors Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hilliard/Weyers Arena, also at the Cornerstone complex.

The Jets moved through its round robin matches with relatively easy victories against both the Warriors and Pittsburgh Predators while showing amazing resilience battling back from one-goal deficit and ultimately capturing a 6-5 shootout against the Minnesota Moose to grab top spot in the ‘Olympic Pool.’ The Moose finished second with a 1-1-1 record.

The Warriors, playing in the ‘USA’ Pool finished in second, grabbing a 3-0 shutout in its opener against the Littleton (Colo.) Hawks Thursday before stumbling 5-2 against the Green Bay Bobcats Friday, then wrapping up the berth with a 5-1 win against Team Ohio.

The quarterfinal winner will return to the ice for a 6:30 p.m. match against either the McKinney (Texas) North Stars or Tri-Valley (Calif.) Blue Devils for a berth in the National Championship contest to be played at 11:15 a.m. Monday.


Bobcats and Jets pick up Nationals wins

By Jim den Hollander


Home turf is proving to be a great advantage for both Wisconsin teams in the 2021 Chipotle USA Hockey Tier II 18U National Championship tournament in Green Bay so far.

The Green Bay Bobcats team pushed its record to 2-0 and punched its ticket to the playoff rounds with a 5-2 win against Cheektowaga (N.Y.) Rec Hockey while the Janesville Jets 18U squad rallied back from a one-goal deficit five times before settling the contest with a 6-5 win in shootout against the Minnesota Moose.

Green Bay Bobcats 5 Cheektowaga Rec 2

Lincoln Simons (’04 Ashwaubenon) turned in another strong effort in the blue paint, stopping all 19 shots he faced through the first two periods allowing the Bobcats to build a 3-0 cushion despite being outshot 19-13 through the stretch.

Two goals a little more than three minutes apart had the New Yorkers within a shot, but the Cats took over down the stretch with two insurance markers 38-seconds apart inside the final four minutes of the contest.

Grady Coppo, (’03 junior De Pere), Cooper Routheau (’03 Green Bay) and Dayne Deanovich (’03 junior Fond du Lac Springs) both collected a goal and a helper in the contest with other goals for Sean Samels (’03 senior Bay Port) and Alexander Freund (’03 Neenah-Hortonville-Menasha).  Tanner Newton (’03 junior De Pere) and Tyler Brady (’03 senior Bay Port) both collected a pair of assists.

With the win, the Bobcats climb to 2-0 with one game left on its round robin schedule Saturday at 12:15 p.m. against the 0-2 Littleton Hawks from Colorado. The Cats have clinched a spot in Sunday morning’s quarterfinal matches but its opponent is still to be determined.


Janesville Jets 6 Minnesota Moose 5 (so)

Janesville Jets upped its record to 2-0 with a thrilling 6-5 shootout edge against the Minnesota Moose Friday at Cornerstone Ice Arena in De Pere.

The Jets never led in the contest but rallied back from one-goal deficits five times to force the five-minute overtime session which settled nothing, and the five round shootout that saw Mason Manglitz (’02 senior, Onalaska) firing the lone goal. Meanwhile Ian Hedican (’02, Madison West) added five more stops to the 30 he collected during the 56-minutes played in the four earlier periods.

Isaac Frenette (’02 senior Chippewa Falls) enjoyed another big game, scoring twice for a total of five points in the first two games of the tournament. Daniel Amberg (’03 Tomah) scored the goal that tied the game at 5-5 and sent it to overtime with other goals for Boone Mathison (’02 Tomah) and Jordan Degaetano (’03 Onalaska). Defenseman Connor Byrne (’03 Eau Claire Memorial) and forward Alexander Duchemin (’03 Madison West) both picked up two assists.

The Jets showed great resilience and intestinal fortitude, battling back and shrugging off a so-so first period that saw them trailing 2-1 and outshot 16-7. It was the Jets with a 12-6 and 12-8 margin through the final two frames, but the Moose grabbed control with a 5-1 advantage through the five-minute overtime frame.

Both the Moose and Jets were winners in opening day play at the tournament, so the Jets take the overall points margin in the pool with 5 of a possible six so far. But they will face a desperate Igloo Jaguars team that kept its own hopes of a playoff spot alive with a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Predators Friday.

Game time for the final round robin contest will once again be 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the Resch Olympic Pavilion once again.

All games can be viewed on HockeyTV.




Jets, Cats open with wins at Chipotle USA Hockey Nationals

By Jim den Hollander


A pair of Wisconsin-based teams made up primarily of junior and senior varsity players both had a successful opening to the 2021 Chipotle USA Hockey Youth Tier II 18U National Championship tournament in Green Bay Thursday (April 29) afternoon.

Of the 32 teams that opened play Thursday, half are in the 3A Division including both the Janesville Jets and Green Bay Bobcats 18U teams.

The opened at the same time at the Cornerstone Ice Arena in Green Bay, the Jets earning a 4-0 shutout win against the Pittsburgh Predators in the Resch Olympic Pavilion while the Bobcats earned a Hilliard/Weyers Arena. Teams are playing in all three ice surfaces there as well as the De Pere Ice Arena.

Janesville Jets 4 Pittsburgh Predators 0

Isaac Frenette, an ‘02 senior at Chippewa Falls opened the scoring for the Jets and added a set ups on a pair of middle period markers scored by Mason Manglitz (’02 senior, Onalaska) and Calvin Grass (’03 senior Fond du Lac Springs) at the Resch Olympic Pavilion.

The final nail came from Cade Janecke an ’02 senior from Monroe who also played a couple games at the end of the season with the Oregon Tradesmen of the NA3HL.

Goaltenders John Schroeder (’03 University School) and Ian Hedican (’02 Madison West) split the work in goal, sharing a 21-save shutout as the Jets outshot the Preds by a 38-21 margin. The Jets keepers both made some impressive stops, in particular Hedican at the start of the third period as the Predators followed the game’s only intermission with some inspired play in the opening minutes looking for a goal that would vault them back into the contest.

Hedican made the early saves and an early goal, although disallowed shifted momentum back in the Jets’ favor as they went on to outshoot the Preds 17-10 through the final 17 minutes.

The Jets are one of four teams in the Olympic Division and will play its second round-robin game against the Minnesota Moose at 12:15 p.m. Friday. The Moose also won its first contest, 7-2 against the Igloo Jaguars from New Jersey. This game will be played in the Hilliard/Weyers Arena.

Green Bay Bobcats 2 Team Ohio 1

The host Cats rallied back from a 1-0 first period deficit at the Hilliard Weyers Arena thanks in part to a standout effort between the pipes from Lincoln Simons (’04 Ashwaubenon) who handled 31 of 32 shots against, including everything he saw after Team Ohio hit the mesh 14 seconds into the contest.

Teig Dreisen (’03 Ashwaubenon) evened the score with his goal 6:22 into the middle period from Thoms Vandelist from De Pere.

Teams were even at the second period break and the Bobcats captured its first and only lead 5:04 into the final 17-minute session as Dayne Deanovich (’03 Fond du Lac Springs) sank the game winner from Grady Coppo from De Pere and Cooper Routheau from Green Bay.

The Bobcats hope to carry the momentum from its comeback win into its second round-robin contest in the USA Division at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Hilliard/Weyers rink against the Cheektowaga Rec Hockey team from New York.

Round-robin matches will wrap up Saturday with half the field eliminated there. The top two teams in each of the four divisions will return to play Quarterfinals and semis Sunday and the National Championship will be decided at 11:15 a.m. Monday.

Anyone who can’t make it to Green Bay can follow the action on HockeyTV. Also, for more information go to and follow the links for the Tier II 18U Nationals.