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.




Slaght, Jets kick off Nationals in Green Bay Thursday

By Jim den Hollander


Trevor Slaght hasn’t skipped a beat since the end of the varsity hockey season.

As a junior on the RWD varsity hockey team, Slaght played in 19 games and collected nine goals and 20 points with six minutes in penalties. He was third overall in team scoring and played a big role on special teams with the RWD Cheavers.

Before the season began, Slaght played with the Janesville Jr. Jets U-18 squad and among the team’s early fall accomplishments were a berth in the Chipotle USA Hockey Tier II 3A Nationals which are one of three divisions being played in Green Bay starting Thursday.

There will be 16 teams from across the country participating in the 3A Group including the Jets and the host Green Bay Bobcats representing the host state.

Slaght and the Jets will begin play at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (April 29) against the Pittsburgh Predators.

On Friday, the Jets will face off against the Minnesota Moose from Minnesota in a 12:15 p.m. contest at Hilliard/Weyers Arena and the Jets will wrap up round robin play at 12:15 p.m. against the Igloo Jaguars from New Jersey.

All games take place at the Cornerstone Community Ice Center in DePere, Wis.

The Jets, Jaguars, Moose and Predators will make up the ‘Olympic’ Pool at the tournament while the host Bobcats, Littleton (Colo.) Hawks, Cheektowaga (N.Y.) Rec Hockey and Team Ohio will play in the USA Pool. The Boston (Mass.) Jr. Terriers, Montgomery (Md.) Blue Devils, Michigan Hockey and Tri-Valley (Calif.) Blue Devils will play in the NHL Division and the Liberty pool will include Genesis Hockey Club (Penn.), Orland Park (Ill.) Vikings, McKinney (Texas) North Stars and Wonderland (Conn.) Wizards.

Top two teams in each division will advance to quarterfinals beginning Sunday morning.

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The tournament has attracted 32 teams all together, the 1A and 2A Divisions with eight teams competing, none of them from Wisconsin.