FRASER, Mich. – Eight Metro Jets players, plus coach Justin Quenneville, traveled to Plymouth this week to take part in the annual NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament at the USA Hockey Arena.
Quenneville and Toledo coach Kenny Miller were behind the bench for Team East – which included goaltender Kam Limburg, forwards Michael Tratar and Mathias Tellstrom and defensemen David Chavis and Dylan Naumovski – and led the group to three wins at the event.
Forward Jacob Drinkard skated for Team West and defensemen Marc Schwartz (18U Selects Black) and Robby Flannery (18U Selects Red) also played for Top Prospects teams.
“Overall, the league did a great job of putting on a great showcase for the players,” said Quenneville. “I always enjoy being a part of these events to spend time face to face with scouts and coaches. This year’s format proved to be effective and I was glad our division won all their games. Our guys played very well and I am proud of the way they represented the Jets.”
Tratar and Naumovski each posted an assist and Limburg stopped 29 shots as Team East beat Team Midwest 4-3 Monday. Then Flannery's goal at 11:45 of the third period snapped a 4-4 tie and the 18U Selects Red team topped Team Central before Schwartz's Team 18U Selects Black team downed Drinkard and Team West 3-2 in a shootout. Drinkard scored in the shootout for Team West.
Tuesday, Team East beat the 18U Selects Black team 7-3. Tellstrom had a goal and two assists, Tratar scored two goals, Chavis and Naumovski were plus-3 each and Limburg picked up the win in goal, stopping eight of nine shots in his half of the game.
Then Wednesday, Team East defeated Team West 5-4 as Tellstrom registered three assists, Tratar popped two more goals and Limburg earned his third win of the event with a 31-save outing. Drinkard had an assist for Team West.
“It was a great experience and it was good competition,” said Schwartz. “It was fun to play against teammates.”
“I thought Top Prospects overall was a huge success,” added Tratar. “The competition was good and the players got a ton of exposure with all the college scouts there. While playing in these games, it's mainly for exposure, but it's always a plus when you win all three games. We really didn't go out there with a game plan except to go play hard and make plays. I also didn't know what to expect on how the pace of the game was going to be considering no one wants to get hurt with playoffs right around the corner, but it was surprisingly faster than I thought it was going to be.
“I had a lot of fun and hope to see some of the guys I played with in playoffs next month.”
The Jets (33-4-2, East Division regular-season champs) play a home-and-home with the West Michigan Wolves this weekend, starting tonight at 7 p.m. in Battle Creek before coming home tomorrow night to Fraser Hockeyland for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.
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