BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – The Metro Jets ran into a stiff challenge in the first period Friday night at The Rink-Battle Creek, but came away with a 5-1 win over the West Michigan Wolves.
Louis Boudon netted a pair of goals early in the second period to snap a scoreless tie.
“West Michigan came out hard in the first and we exchanged chances early,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “The turning point for us were Louis’ two big goals and then we took over the pace of the game throughout. ‘Gwilly’ made some big saves and that was a big road win for our guys heading into a short break here.”
Goaltender Jake Gwillim made 23 saves and lost his shutout bid when Nathan Sudek scored at 18:49 of the third period.
Griffin Sawyer and Connor Inger each posted a goal and an assist for the Jets, while Chase Sereno (pictured) added a single goal.
“Tonight’s game was a little tough and they came out hard, but after the first period, we regrouped and got back to Jets hockey,” said Boudon. “After the first, I think getting those two goals put the momentum our way and got the boys going.”
West Michigan goalie Sam Woznicki finished with 39 saves in suffering the defeat.
The Jets are now off until next weekend when they host the Peoria Mustangs at Fraser Hockeyland. Game times set for 7 p.m. next Saturday night, followed by 12:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Streaming of the games will be available on www.hockeytv.com.