WATERFORD, MI – The Metro Jets have announced their 2011-2012 North American 3 Hockey League schedule.
The Jets will open their first full NA3HL (3HL) season and 23rd overall as a junior franchise with the first game on the league schedule on Friday, Sept. 9 at Lakeland Arena against the Flint Jr. Generals. The Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks come to Waterford the following night.
In total, the Jets will play 20 home games this year, including four each against East Division rivals Flint, Cleveland and the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins and two each versus the Battle Creek Jr. Revolution, Toledo Cherokee, Queen City Steam and Michigan Mountain Cats – all members of the North Division. The schedule is the same for road games – four in Flint, Cleveland and Pittsburgh and two apiece at Battle Creek, Toledo, Queen City and Michigan.
Each of the 16 teams in the league's four divisions – the Central, East, North and West – will play 48 games, including a portion at three different 3HL showcases, which will be held in conjunction with North American Hockey League (NAHL) and North American Prospects Hockey League (PHL) events.
Metro will play the Quad City Jr. Flames, Peoria Mustangs, Minnesota Flying Aces and North Iowa Bulls in Darien, Ill., from Dec. 4-7, 2011 and then faces the four North teams again in Troy, Mich., from Feb. 19-22, 2012.
The full Jets’ schedule can be found HERE.
The season will commence on Sept. 9, 2011 and conclude on March 11, 2012.
The 3HL divisional playoffs will consist of two rounds from March 16-25, 2012 followed by each of the divisional champions moving on to compete in a season-ending, final-four-style championship tournament to crown a 3HL playoff champion from March 30-April 2, 2012.