WATERFORD, MI – The Metro Jets ended the North American 3 Hockey League regular season with a thrilling 6-5 shootout win over the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks Sunday afternoon at Lakeland Arena.
Trevor Bardallis scored the winner in the shootout after Metro rallied with three unanswered goals in the third period to tie the game at 5-all.
Doug Andrews and Matt Stirling opened the scoring for the Jets in the first 20 minutes, only to have Cleveland roar back with five in the second period.
Bardallis (pictured) started the comeback at 9:16 of the third period, followed by Stirling at 13:30 and Chris Hellebuyck at 15:44.
The five-minute overtime solved nothing and then in the shootout, Jets' goalie Andrew Brownlee (30 saves), signed just last week, stopped three of the five Cleveland shooters before Bardallis won it for Metro.
Cleveland took a 6-1 win Saturday night.
The Jets finish the regular season 29-17-1-1, good for third place in the East Division.
Metro opens Hurster Cup playoff action next Friday in Cleveland for the start of the best-of-three series between the two teams. The winner of that series will play the winner of the Flint-Pittsburgh series.