ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The Granite City Lumberjacks scored two goals 59 seconds apart early in the second period and held on the rest of the way to defeat the Metro Jets 2-1 and claim the NA3HL’s Silver Cup championship Sunday at Canlan Ice Sports.
Evan Newel scored the Jets’ lone goal on a power play at 3:41 of the opening period.
“Both teams played good hockey and unfortunately, the game didn’t go our way,” said Jets captain Graham Day. “While it’s an emotional event having lost, I’m extremely proud of everyone on this team, and I’m proud of what we were able to accomplish this season. This will be something everyone remembers for the rest of their lives.”
“The Metro Jets completed an historic season today,” added Jets owner Peter Cammick. “Maybe no icing on that cake, but these guys are amazing and in the record books forever.”
Jets goalie Andrew Kormos stopped 32 shots between the pipes.
Ryan Smith and Matthew Moran scored for Granite City and Mac Berglove made 35 saves in net.
“Today was an emotional day for our group,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “To say that I am proud of these guys for what they accomplished this year is an understatement. Returning to the championship for a second straight year is something extremely difficult, but for the year and records this group broke, that’s something that nobody in junior hockey more than not will ever be taken from them. I am excited about what the future holds for our age-outs and equally excited to help build towards another successful year. Today was just one game that unfortunately didn’t go our guys’ way, a few bad luck bounces cost us, but getting here again validates this group’s accomplishments and records this season.
“We will be back again.”