Flannery’s two goals Saturday night lift Jets over Mustangs

PEORIA, Ill. – It took almost two full periods for the Metro Jets to score against the Peoria Mustangs Saturday night at the Owens Center.

Then again, it took Peoria almost three periods to score.

Robby Flannery scored twice in the third period for the Jets en route to a hard-fought 3-1 win behind 18 saves from goaltender Andrew Kormos.

“I thought our guys played well considering the long trip and we were able to come out with speed early,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “I thought we missed on some opportunities to get ahead, but credit to their goalie (J.J. Kossakowski) for making some timely saves to keep them in it. They are a well-coached team and kept us from taking pucks to the net. Now, we refocus and get ready for tomorrow.”

Louis Boudon opened the scoring with a power-play goal late in the second period at the 18:45 mark.

After Flannery’s empty-net goal at 17:17 of the third, Thomas Kolaz broke Kormos’ shutout at 17:35.

“The boys got going right away,” Flannery said. “We did a good job killing penalties when we got in trouble and we capitalized on the chances we had. It’s fun to play out-of-division teams. It’s fun to see what other divisions have to offer and Peoria gave us a game tonight.”

Kossakowski finished with 29 stops in the Peoria net.

The Jets and Mustangs finish up their weekend series Sunday at 2:15 p.m. EDT.

Stream the game on www.fasthockey.com.