JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Down 2-0 after 20 minutes, there was no sign of panic in the Metro Jets.
Instead, the Jets came out in the second and third periods and played to their strengths and in the process, defeated the Southern Tier Xpress 6-4 Friday night at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
“There was never any panic in the room,” said Jets captain Graham Day, who had two assists in the game. “We knew we needed to keep a cool head and not get down on ourselves. All the guys knew that we needed to simplify our game and not force anything. One thing that was said was the need to stay out of the box. We play our best hockey 5-on-5, and that’s what we needed to get back to.”
In the second period, Connor Inger scored twice and Mathias Tellstrom once to knot the game at 3-all going into the third period.
Chas Distelrath (pictured) and Chase Sereno scored 10 seconds apart in the third and Inger iced the game with his third of the game to seal the win.
“It was nice to get a hat trick,” said Inger. “All three of them came off of good plays made by the boys. We stayed calm when we were down. Both their goals (in the first period) were on the power play, so we knew we just had to stay out of the box.
“We need to enjoy another win for a little and then get focused and ready for tomorrow.”
Marc Schwartz added two assists for the Jets and Andrew Kormos finished with 29 saves for the win in net.
“Glad we got the win tonight,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “Seemed like we fought the clock, the bounces and the calls all night, but credit to our guys for sticking to the process and beating a team that threw everything at us. Our approach and preparation in practice helped tonight. Kormos made big saves and we got big goals tonight from several guys.
“We will regroup and focus on tomorrow now.”
“Our conditioning was a huge factor in the outcome of the game,” added Day. “We thrive on being a team that can outcompete the other team late into the game for all 60 minutes. It was shown again tonight with a strong finish in the third period.”
Southern Tier goaltender Ryan Pascarella made 50 stops in suffering the defeat.
The Jets and Xpress wrap their weekend set with a 5 p.m. puck drop Saturday.
Streaming of the game will be available on www.hockeytv.com.
“We need to not get into our own heads and play our game,” Day said. “We have to just start hard right off the opening puck drop and not give them any time. We just need to play some Metro hockey and play smart.”