Jets sweep Southern Tier to wrap home portion of regular-season schedule

FRASER, Mich. – The Metro Jets completed a weekend sweep of the Southern Tier Xpress with a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon at Fraser Hockeyland to finish the home portion of the 2017-18 regular-season home schedule.

The Jets downed the Xpress 7-0 Saturday night.

On Sunday, George Hansen’s goal at 11:35 of the first period stood as the game-winner.

Brodie Thornton scored the first Metro goal at 5:36 before Southern Tier’s Michael Lamison answered at 7:09 on a power play.

Brian Tallieu (pictured) stopped all 14 shots in goal after coming in to start the second period in relief of starter Andrew Kormos.

“I’m happy for our group to come out with four points this weekend,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “We knew Southern Tier would come out hard knowing they are fighting for a playoff spot. I’m proud of guys battling when there isn’t anything on the line for us. We still kept our focus and they deserved to win with how they played. ‘Tally’ was solid all weekend and stepped in for Kormos after being a little under the weather.

“That’s how it’s been the last couple weeks for us, where guys have done a great job stepping in for players sick and banged up. It’s important for all our guys to continue to be ready and they have delivered immensely here the last couple weeks. Hopefully, this bug will be done this week and we can get back to being 100 percent healthy for playoffs. Either way, we will rest some of the guys Friday in order to prepare for playoffs.”

Xpress goalie Ryan Pascarella stopped 32 shots in suffering the defeat.

Saturday night, Matt Schaumburger scored twice, while Hansen, Thornton and Trevor Momot all had a goal and an assist.

Kristian Alafriz and Jhuwon Davis added single goals and Connor Inger and Kyle Gierman posted two assists apiece as Tallieu picked up the shutout with a 26-save outing.

Brandon Heacock and Pascarella combined to stop 49 shots in the Southern Tier cage.

The Jets wrap up the regular season next Friday night in Wooster with a 7:45 p.m. faceoff with the Oilers from the Alice Noble Ice Arena.

Streaming of the game will be available on

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