FRASER, Mich. – It’s amazing how a shorthanded goal and a timely save from a goaltender can change the complexion of a hockey game.
After the West Michigan Wolves took a 1-0 lead on the Metro Jets into the first intermission Saturday night at Fraser Hockeyland, Louis Boudon and captain Graham Day made it a 2-1 Jets lead and then Boudon’s shorthanded tally at 10:21 of the second period gave the home team a 3-1 lead.
The goal proved to be the game winner as the Jets held on for a 4-2 win.
With the game still close, Jake Gwillim stopped a West Michigan 2-on-0 break that elicited a loud response from the Jets bench.
“It was a pretty clear-cut play,” said Gwillim, who made 16 saves in the win. “They got the puck around center ice and two guys came in. You could kind of tell they would pass it, then pass it back, so you just try to read the play and I ended up pushing across and somehow made the save with my foot. It ended up working out.”
Dylan Naumovski scored in the third period for Metro.
Boudon assisted on Day’s goal for a three-point game, while Day had a pair of assists on the night to pick up a three-point game of his own.
“I think in the first period, we were on our heels there, but give (West Michigan credit) – they played hard and they played well,” Metro assistant coach Jamie Lovell said. “(Boudon’s shorthanded goal) certainly got the bench up and I think some guys started to pick their game up after that.”
The Jets and Wolves play again Sunday back at Fraser – warmups at 1:30 p.m., followed by puck drop at 2 p.m.
Stream the game on www.fasthockey.com