PITTSBURGH – In their 7-1 win Saturday night over the Pittsburgh Vengeance, the Metro Jets twice scored multiple goals in less than a minute to take the first game of the two-game weekend series at the Alpha Ice Complex.
After Griffin Sawyer netted a shorthanded goal for the Jets 8:24 into the first period, Mathias Tellstrom (17:18), Chas Distelrath (17:36) and then Tellstrom again (18:15) scored in a 57-second span to lift Metro to a 4-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said Sawyer’s goal was the key to the game.
“I thought we played a pretty solid game on the road,” said Quenneville. “Once we started moving the puck and pushing the pace, we got rolling. Sawyer’s shorty gave us that jump and then everyone started clicking. I thought we finished our shifts and the game better tonight playing the right way even when we were hit with some penalties late.”
“We had an early penalty and had to make sure to kill it so we didn’t go down early,” added Sawyer. “My teammates put good pressure on their team to cause a turnover and I intercepted the pass to take it down and put it top shelf, where I always put it. The goal was a solid team effort and boosted our confidence early to make sure we kept control all game.”
Pittsburgh’s Nicholas Lyon scored a first-minute goal to open the second period, but then Distelrath scored at 3:49, followed by Cam Schwartz (7:35) and Trevor Momot (8:25).
The third period was scoreless.
“Tonight, everyone kept the game simple and worked hard from start to finish,” noted Sawyer. “We focused on all the little things and made sure we played Metro hockey.”
Jets captain Graham Day and Marc Schwartz, the latter just back from the NAHL’s Wichita Falls Wildcats, each tacked on two assists, while goalie Jake Gwillim made 15 saves and also assisted on Momot’s goal.
Pittsburgh netminder Joel De Simone finished with 32 saves in the loss.
The two teams wrap their weekend set Sunday at 11:40 a.m.