Balanced attack leads Metro past Toledo in 2016 Fraser Hockeyland finale

FRASER, Mich. – The Metro Jets wrapped up the home portion of the 2016 schedule with a 5-1 win over the Toledo Cherokee Sunday afternoon at Fraser Hockeyland.

Five different players scored – Jason Newel, Cam Schwartz, Chas Distelrath, Jake Stawinski and Jason Recchia – and Andrew Kormos came within 69 seconds of a shutout, allowing a Brock Grandbois power-play goal to break the goose egg at 18:51 of the third period.

Schwartz, Newel and Distelrath each added an assist to record multi-point games and Kormos made 33 saves.

“I felt like we executed from a consistent standpoint,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “We played 20 minutes each period and I think other than the penalties, we cleaned up in a few areas we felt we could get better at.”

Toledo goalie Roman Malkov finished with 49 saves in suffering the defeat.

Next up for the Jets is a trip to Blaine, Minn., next weekend to play in the NA3HL Showcase.

The Jets will play the Breezy Point North Stars on Friday at 10:15 a.m. at the Schwan Super Rink, followed by the North Iowa Bulls (in a rematch of the 2016 Silver Cup National Championship final) Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and wrapping with the Texas Jr. Brahmas Sunday at 3:20 p.m.

“I’m proud of the consistency the guys have shown to this point, but I’d be lying if I said we weren’t looking forward to this,” said Quenneville. “We’ve been touching on small details to get ready for (North Iowa), but it’s going to be one of those things where we have to take it one game at a time. We have Breezy Point first and then we’ll go from there.”

All games in Blaine will be streamed on www.hockeytv.com.

Kormos photo/Mike Caples/MiHockey