Jets knock off Wolves to open ’16-17 season

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The Metro Jets opened up defense of their NA3HL East Division championship with five unanswered goals en route to a 5-1 win over the West Michigan Wolves Friday night at The Rink in Battle Creek.

Rookie defenseman Trevor Momot scored twice for the Jets, while Chas Distelrath, Jason Newel and Mathias Tellstrom added the others to back Jake Gwillim’s 18 saves in goal.

Nick Foran and Kristian Alafriz each added two assists for Metro.

“It was a good first road win for us,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “We have a lot of work to continue to do, but we had good energy tonight. We know tomorrow will be a tough test and our guys will be excited to play in the home opener.”

“We started to move the puck, feeding off of each other and we made plays happen,” said Momot, who served as captain last season as a senior at Anchor Bay High School. “Everyone stepped up today and it was a great win. Scoring twice on the debut is always fun, but the teammates fed me the puck to make it happen.”

Tommy Harrison opened the scoring for the Wolves with a shorthanded goal at 6:42 of the first period before the Jets’ offense came alive.

Alex Wilder made 38 saves for West Michigan.

The Jets (1-0-0) host West Michigan Saturday night at Fraser Hockeyland for their home opener. Doors open at 6 p.m. with puck drop set for 7:30 p.m.