FRASER, Mich. – Metro Jets captain Graham Day’s hat trick lifted the Jets past the Toledo Cherokee 7-3 Saturday night at Fraser Hockeyland.
The two teams were actually tied 3-3 after 40 minutes before the Jets scored four unanswered goals in the third period to come away with the two points.
“We were in a tight game, which is something we’re really not familiar with,” said Jets defenseman Nick Foran. “In the third period, we really got our legs under us and our conditioning really started to kick in.”
Stefan Boskovic’s power-play goal at 5:36 of the third period stood as the game winner.
Jake Gwillim made 24 saves for the win in goal, while Boskovic (pictured) added an assist for a two-point game. Mathias Tellstrom also had a goal plus a helper for the Jets.
“We knew (in the third period) that they were going to take some chances and throw everything at the net,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “We were controlling the game, so there was no concern. We just wanted to make sure we made better puck decisions in the offensive zone to give us the best chance to get that next goal.”
Jason Newel and Chas Distelrath added goals for Metro and Louis Boudon, Robby Flannery, Chase Sereno and Foran registered a pair of assists each.
Roman Malkov made 50 saves for Toledo in suffering the loss between the pipes.
The Jets are now off before playing the Wooster Oilers in a home-and-home series starting Friday, Dec. 2 in Wooster and concluding the following evening in Fraser.
Streaming of the games will be available on www.hockeytv.com.