PITTSBURGH – Down 3-2 late in the third period, Connor Inger’s second goal of the night tied the game for the Metro Jets and then Matt Schaumburger’s second goal of the game won it 4-3 in overtime as the Jets rebounded to defeat the Pittsburgh Vengeance at the Alpha Ice Complex.
Inger (pictured) tallied the tying goal at 18:33 and then Schaumburger won it on a power play 1:13 into overtime.
“All the credit goes to my teammates, first to (Trevor) Momot for drawing the penalty and then to Inger for setting me up with an absolute beauty of a pass back door,” Schaumburger said. “It’s not hard to score when you have a guy who always puts the puck on your stick in the right spots.
“This win was huge for us. We had a tough game that we shouldn’t have lost last night and to come and bounce back against Pittsburgh is huge for the guys. All around a gutsy win and everyone on the team helped get this one tonight.”
Jets goalie Andrew Kormos finished with 21 saves for the win, while Jacob Zab stopped 39 for Pittsburgh.
“Tonight, I thought we were playing hard, so we knew we just had to stick with it,” Inger said. “It feels awesome to come from behind in the third period after blowing a game that was ours last night in the third. Tonight felt like a playoff game.”
Inger also gave credit to Schaumburger, who joins him on the top forward line with Jets captain Griffin Sawyer.
“’Burger has been awesome for us and our line,” said Inger. “He fits in well. We all bring our own punch to the line – ‘Soy’ plays a responsible hard game which allows us to take a few more chances and Burger plays with a lot of speed and skill. I think it’s a combination that can really help our team if we’re all moving our feet.”
Dom Glavach had a goal and an assist for Pittsburgh, while Nick Erker and James Unger also scored.
“That was a good character win tonight on the road,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “I’m proud of our guys fighting through the adversity. We just weren’t ourselves this weekend. Even though we outshot and outchanced our opponents this weekend, we just weren’t crisp on our chances. Either way, a coach will never turn down a come-from-behind win like tonight against a tough team. We will move on and focus on Peoria next weekend, which will be another tough weekend.”
The Jets host the Peoria Mustangs next weekend at Fraser Hockeyland for a two-game set. Game times are Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and then Sunday afternoon at 12:45 p.m.
All games will be streamed on www.hockeytv.com.