TOLEDO, Ohio – Brad Hepler scored in the final with the goalie pulled and the score tied to lift the Metro Jets to a thrilling 3-2 win over the Toledo Cherokee Friday night at the Team Toledo Ice House.
The stakes get even bigger as the winner of Saturday night's regular-season finale at Lakeland Arena in Waterford between Metro and Toeldo gets the final playoff berth in the East Division.
Cooper McLean scored in the first period and Cam Bruff tallied his first of the season in the second for the Jets, while Kam Limburg stopped 29 shots between the pipes.
Both teams have played 47 games and Toledo has 46 points to Metro's 44, but if the Jets win, they would get the tie-breaker based on more overall wins during the regular season. Toledo is 20-21-6 and the Jets are 21-24-2.
Game time Saturday night is set for 7:50 p.m.