WATERFORD, Mich. – After starting the season 2-0 and then dropping their next four games, the Metro Jets were in need of four points in the standings and earned them last weekend with a home sweep over the Pittsburgh Vengeance.
Jets’ head coach Justin Quenneville, who had cautioned his players that a quick 2-0 start could be just as negative as positive, was pleased with last weekend’s swing.
“Anytime you sweep teams is a good weekend and naturally, we want to repeat that kind of success and the only way to do that is to continue to move forward with this process,” Quenneville said. “Winning games is important, but being consistent is more important. We are building towards that every day and so far this week, the guys are preparing for the next test.”
The Southern Tier Xpress rides into town Saturday night and Sunday afternoon for a two-game set with the Jets. The Xpress, formerly the Michigan Mountain Cats, are out to a 5-1-0 start this season.
“They are the team to beat right now according to the standings,” added Quenneville. “Our guys responded this past weekend with a sweep over Pittsburgh, but they know Southern Tier isn't concerned with that, and neither are we that they are 5-1. It's a long season and we regain focus this week for that challenge ahead."
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD
In two games at Lakeland Arena last weekend, the Jets topped Pittsburgh in two one-goal games, 3-2 and 5-4.
Saturday night, Cody Jones and Jake Sealy each had a goal and an assist with their goals coming 39 seconds apart early in the third period after Cooper McLean opened the scoring in the first for the Jets.
Kam Limburg stopped 24 shots to earn the win in goal.
Then Sunday afternoon, the recently-signed Kevin Shand netted a hat trick in the second period and Zach Koonce’s second goal of the game with 3:15 left in the third period snapped a 4-all tie and Metro held on the rest of the way.
Between the pipes, Jake Stephan earned his team-best third win of the season with an 18-save effort and also drew an assist on Shand’s third goal.
This weekend, the Jamestown, N.Y.-based Xpress visit the Jets for games 7:50 p.m. Saturday night and then 11:50 a.m. on Sunday.
The Jets released rookie defenseman Tyler Baker prior to last weekend and brought back Shand.
Shand, a 19-year-old Saline, Mich., native posted eight goals and 17 points in nine games last season before playing for the NAHL’s Springfield Jr. Blues and USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.
Baker was held without a point in three games this season.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Dominic Osman, a forward who skated for the Jets during the 1999-2000 season, is playing for the Hull Stingrays of the United Kingdom’s Elite Ice Hockey League.
A 32-year-old out of Dearborn, Mich., Osman played in the NAHL after his days with the Jets and then four years at NCAA Division I Lake Superior State University.
Since graduating from LSSU in 2007, Osman has played professionally in the ECHL, Central Hockey League, International Hockey League, Southern Professional Hockey League and the EIHL.
This season is Osman’s third in Hull, as he played there from 2011 to 2013 and in the SPHL last season.