MASON CITY, Iowa – The Metro Jets completed the weekend sweep of the top-ranked North Iowa Bulls with a thrilling 5-4 win Saturday night at the North Iowa Ice Arena.
Michael Gulawsky’s goal at 10:15 of the third period snapped a 4-4 tie and the second-ranked Jets, who now lead the league with an .875 winning percentage, held on the rest of the way to pick up the victory.
“These four points this weekend were huge for the boys,” said Gulawsky. “It was a great feeling coming in and sweeping them in their own barn in front of all their fans.”
On his game-winning tally – also his first with the Jets since joining the team last month – Gulawsky credited his teammates.
“The play started as I just came off the bench,” Gulawsky said. “(Trevor) Momot had the puck and fed it to me behind their defenseman. I came in with speed and shot far side low blocker in stride and it went in. I had a feeling it would hold up as the GWG because we knew what we had to do to shut them down after that.
“I just wanted to sweep the weekend with the boys.”
Matt Schaumburger, Joey Bruce, Brodie Thornton and Jhuwon Davis also scored, while Mathieu LaForest posted a pair of assists.
“These wins are what we need this time of year,” said Jets captain Griffin Sawyer. “We have had a tough schedule this month and we were ready to go and executed the way we needed. The boys make my job very easy. Everyone brings their own unique style to the team and contributes when they need to. Being a leader of this team and group of boys is an honor that is hard to explain.”
Andrew Kormos made 26 saves for the win in goal.
“I’m proud of the guys for winning the hard way today,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “As much as our guys deserved to win yesterday, we knew today would be harder. We responded and played well with the leads throughout the game. Even when North Iowa fought back in the third and got the crowd into it, we got another timely goal and shut them down the rest of the way. Our guys stayed committed to the game plan and were rewarded for it. Everyone chipped in and this weekend some saw two top teams battle it out.
“I would like to thank the Bulls organization for hosting us and making this weekend fun for all of us. The fans were loud, the building was shaking both nights and the games were intense, but we are happy to get the four points and get home.”
North Iowa goalie Colin Cain stopped 28 shots in suffering the loss.
The Jets next head to Wooster to play the Oilers next Friday night at 7:45 p.m. before coming home to Fraser Hockeyland Saturday night to play the Lansing Wolves at 7:30 p,m.
Both games will be available on www.hockeytv.com.