FRASER, Mich. – Entering December, the Metro Jets have a firm grip on first place in the NA3HL East Division with a 16-3-2 record.
The record via the .810 winning percentage is also good for third overall in the 34-team league.
Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville is aware of the stunning stats, but knows the regular season is barely half over.
“I’m proud of the guys and it just goes to show you that they are buying in,” said Quenneville. “They’re working hard and are committed to not just getting better as individuals, but as a group. It’s a fun environment right now and we’re winning a lot of hockey games in a tough division.”
Quenneville gave all the credit to the players.
“It’s all them,” he said. “I just provide a platform for them and they buy into the process. Our work ethic as a group shows and we prepare accordingly every week. We have to continue to turn the page and build towards our next game. This only works with players who buy in, and they continue to do so.”
Still with more than half the schedule ahead, it’s all about focus, according to Quenneville.
“Our motto is ‘confident, not cocky,’” explained Quenneville. “We want to keep dictating the play and really make team play against us with our style of play. Like I said, I’m proud of these guys and we keep pushing the page to the next day and having a short memory when we win or when we lose a tough one. That discipline has to continue because it’s only going to get harder.
“We want to be hard to play against every night. If you play smarter than your opponent and push the pace for a full 60 minutes, then you are giving yourself a chance to win every night."
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD
The Jets were idle last weekend and last played a home-and-home series with the Wooster Oilers on Nov. 20-21, taking three of four points with a shootout loss and a regulation victory.
Next up is a single game this Saturday night at Fraser Hockeyland against the West Michigan Wolves at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday night also features a toy drive – get into the game free if you bring a new, unwrapped toy to give to local families in need – and a teddy bear toss – purchase a bear at the game or bring your own stuffed animal to throw on the ice during the second intermission. All bears will be donated to local hospitals or first responders units.
A road game was slated to be played Friday night in Battle Creek against the Wolves, but that game has been postponed due to facility issues. The game will be rescheduled for later in the season.
Tickets for any upcoming home game are available for $2 from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday night at the Fraser Hockeyland ticket office.
For more ticket information, contact Nancy Krajewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Metro goaltender Trevor Kalinowski (lower body) and defenseman Collin Gamrat (upper body) have been placed on season-ending injured reserve.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Tim Wlodkowski and Chad Frost are former Jets and are now both sophomores and teammates at ACHA Division I Indiana Tech University.
A Clarkston, Mich., product, Frost, who turns 22 on Dec. 21, played two different stints with the Jets, seeing time in 41 games with two assists from the blue line from 2011-13. With the Warriors, he recorded one assists in 29 games a season ago.
The 23-year-old Wlodkowski, a forward originally from Katy, Tex., had a goal and three assists in 20 games for the Jets in 2011-12.