FRASER, Mich. – On a night when the Metro Jets honored their local heroes, including one of their own, the team led from start to finish in a chippy 6-2 win over the Lansing Wolves Saturday night at Fraser Hockeyland.
For the third straight season, the Jets’ Heroes Game recognizes local members of the military, in addition to first responders, police officers and firefighters. Five such heroes were part of the ceremonial puck drop (pictured).
Pregame festivities also saw the Jets honor the game-night sponsors – Koz Heating and Cooling and Adams Complete Cleaning and Restoration – and defenseman Derrick Treppa, who is leaving the team to enlist in the U.S. Army.
“On the ice, we definitely picked up where we left off last night and the guys tilted the ice like we talk about,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “Off the ice tonight was fun. We had a big crowd (826) and we’ve always had success with the Heroes Game and it was really neat to see how successful it was, at least from ice level. People were into it, the kids were loving it and the players were eating it up.
“Those are the perks of being in this environment and what everyone has put into it. I’m very grateful for all the support and the help from our volunteers and immediate staff. They all did an amazing job today and that was evident in terms of how everything operated. I’m proud to be a Metro Jet today.”
The win also clinched a spot for the Jets in the Fraser Cup playoffs, which start in March.
Jeremy Schwartz scored twice and added an assist, while Connor Inger and Joey Bruce recorded a goal and an assist each.
Trevor Momot and Brodie Thornton also scored and Andrew Kormos finished with 25 saves in goal.
For Lansing, Noah Pipper and Garrison Weyh scored and goalie Will Ignatovich stopped 38 shots in suffering the defeat between the pipes.
The Jets now regroup and get set for a road trip next weekend to Mason City, Iowa, to play the North Iowa Bulls, the team that currently sits first overall in the NA3HL standings.
Metro is second overall.
“We’re obviously looking forward to it,” Quenneville said. “I’d be lying if I said we hadn’t circled this one on the calendar after the last time we played them (North Iowa swept the Jets in Fraser last Sept. 30-Oct. 1). We’ve built a pretty unique rivalry with them over the years and we’re excited for the trip. We’re not going to look too far ahead. It’s still a work week for us and coming off these past two weekends here against St. Louis and Lansing, we’ve got to feed off that.
“It’s still a big test and we’re aware who we’re playing against, so we’ll adjust accordingly and talk about what’s at hand here.”
Both games next weekend (Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. EST) will be streamed on www.hockeytv.com.