FRASER, Mich. – The top line of Louis Boudon, Connor Inger and Mathias Tellstrom was the difference Sunday afternoon as the Metro Jets defeated the West Michigan Wolves 4-2 in the deciding Game 3 of the NA3HL East Division semifinals at Fraser Hockeyland.
Boudon scored three goals, Inger the game-winner late in the third period and Tellstrom registered assists on all four goals.
“It’s pretty amazing to play with these guys,” said Boudon. “I think we move the puck pretty well and I maybe got lucky on my goals, but everybody played great today and I’m just happy for that.”
“These guys can pretty much score on anything,” added Tellstrom. “I just try and set them up, really.”
The Wolves led 1-0 after 20 minutes on a Justin Bloomfield goal in the final minute of the first period and then went up 2-0 as Wolves captain Thomas Harrison scored at 19:18 of the second period.
Boudon responded, however, at 19:54 and the Jets added three more unanswered goals in the third period.
On the power play at 8:40, Boudon scored and then Inger picked up what would be the game-winner on another man-advantage at 14:46.
“We were moving the puck well on the power play and I think all five guys touched the puck,” Inger said. “We moved the puck back to ‘Telly’ at the point and he found me on the goal line. The goalie (Sam Woznicki) went down a little early and I found a little corner up top.”
Boudon completed the hat trick with an insurance goal at 17:29.
Jets goalie Jake Gwillim made 15 saves and Woznicki stopped 35.
Stefan Boskovic added a pair of assists for the Jets.
“It was playoff hockey – it was tough,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “It was everything you’d expect out of a tough series and an opponent that didn’t quit. West Michigan did everything they needed to do to give themselves a chance to win, but we found a way and really, that’s all that matters.”
The other East Division semifinal wrapped up in another Game 3 Sunday night as the Pittsburgh Vengeance blanked the Toledo Cherokee 3-0 and will now play the Jets next weekend for the East crown and a berth in the Silver Cup National Championship March 29-April 2 in suburban Chicago.
“We know what to expect and our division is obviously really tight,” said Quenneville. “We’ll do our homework and make sure we get ready for next weekend.”
Game 1 will be in Pittsburgh Friday night, while Game 2 will be back in Fraser Saturday night at 7 p.m. and if a deciding Game 3 is needed, it will be Sunday in Fraser at 12:15 p.m.
Streaming of the games will be available on www.hockeytv.com.