DIMONDALE, Mich. – The Metro Jets started the weekend out on the wrong foot, losing 2-1 Friday night to the Lansing Wolves at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex.
Anthony Cinato gave the Jets an early 1-0 lead in the first period, but Brendan Smith scored twice for Lansing in the second period as the game’s only tallies.
Sindo Martinez drew the primary assist on Cinato’s goal for his first NA3HL point.
“We sucked tonight, plain and simple,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “If any player on our team or anyone who watched the game thinks they have an answer to why we didn’t win or score or didn’t score, well, they are 100 percent wrong. Every single player is not allowed an excuse, a comment, a feeling at all. They pissed away a hockey game and they deserve to feel what’s it like to be a bad player because they were bad.
“It would be nice to see one character win or comeback goal or someone else step up for once. Our players don’t deserve to be given an excuse. That’s not good enough, and I will find players every day until the day I have a group that gets it, wants it, and will do it. People need to be held accountable, and I don’t care about feelings. I’ve been on the phone with scouts, coaches and colleges every day for the last three weeks, so best of luck trying to justify any of my comments tonight. If anyone has a problem with that, email me, and I will send it to junk.
“I need to see a collective effort of players that hate to lose, not guys that want to win because those people are a dime a dozen. A hockey player that hates to lose, apparently that’s hard to find now. Let’s see if we have some of those guys tomorrow night and every night the rest of the chances they get.”
Jets goalie Andrew Kormos finished with 31 saves, while Lansing goalie Sean Finstrom made 29 saves.
The Jets finish the weekend Saturday night back at Fraser Hockeyland for a 7 p.m. game with the Southern Tier Xpress.
Streaming of the game will be available on www.hockeytv.com.