BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Jake Gwillim stopped all 26 shots fired his way and the Metro Jets defeated the West Michigan Wolves 6-0 Friday night at The Rink at Battle Creek.
Mathias Tellstrom (pictured) scored twice and added an assist, while Nick Foran, Chas Distelrath, Chase Sereno and George Hansen each recorded a goal and an assist.
Hansen made his return to the Jets following a call-up to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights of the North American Hockey League.
“Tonight’s game was tough,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “Their team worked hard and pressed several times tonight. Timely goals and ‘Gwilly,’ in particular, were the difference. I’m glad the guys played the right way and shut them down in the third to give him the shutout. He earned it.”
Cam Schwartz, Griffin Sawyer and captain Graham Day all tacked on two assists for Metro.
Gwillim said the win was definitely a team victory tonight.
“I felt solid tonight,” said Gwillim. “I was seeing the puck well and tried to play controlled for a full 60 (minutes). The boys made sure to clear any second chances and our PK was on tonight (6 for 6). Everyone finished on the chances we created and that’s why we put six up on the board. Credit to West Michigan as they played hard and it didn’t look like the scoreboard read.
“We need to keep this train rolling and I think that everyone will do their part to make sure it does.”
West Michigan goalie Alex Wilder finished with 32 saves for the Wolves.
The Jets return home Saturday night at 7 p.m. to play the Southern Tier Xpress.
Streaming of the games will be available on www.hockeytv.com.
November is also Jets Education Awareness Month.
All three games (Nov. 5, 12. 19 – all Saturdays) will be school supplies drives. The game on Nov. 19 is also being run by the Sterling Heights Nationals baseball team for their trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., next spring.
In addition, the annual toy drive game is on Saturday, Dec. 10.