Jets take East Division crown for third straight year, knock off Pittsburgh in OT

FRASER, Mich. – Saturday night, it was Robby Flannery.

Sunday afternoon, it was Connor Inger’s turn.

After losing the first game in overtime Friday night to the Pittsburgh Vengeance, the Metro Jets won Games 2 and 3 in overtime on home ice at Fraser Hockeyland, starting with Flannery’s winner Saturday night and capped off by Inger’s winner 6:05 into the extra session to send the Jets to a 3-2 win.

The win also gives the Jets their third straight East Division championship and third straight trip to the NA3HL Silver Cup National Championship in suburban Chicago.

The Silver Cup starts this Wednesday and runs through next Sunday.

The Jets will play the Granite City Lumberjacks at 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday to open the event, the Atlanta Capitals Thursday at 4 p.m. and the St. Louis Jr. Blues on Friday, also at 4 p.m.

Louis (Boudon) made a great play across and I have no idea how he got the pass through,” said Inger of his game-winner. “I had a wide-open net and I just put it in. I wasn’t thinking too much (after the goal). I just wanted to celly with (Nick) Foran. It was basically a freight train and we all went down and piled on top.”

Inger also scored in the first period, only to have Cam Williams and Brian Dee answer for Pittsburgh before Cam Schwartz tied the game at 2-all at 10:52 of the third period to force overtime.

“I think mentally, the guys were really pushed to their limits and the frustration level once we got to this third game was just that we wanted something to go our way – a bounce, one thing or another, just something to let us get that one goal,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville.

“Credit to Pittsburgh, the way they played and fought hard. They worked for 180 minutes plus, but the reality is what it is. We put over 160 shots on a goaltender (Joel De Simone) that just stood on his head.”

Andrew Kormos made 22 saves for the win in goal, while De Simone finished with 47.

Streaming of all games at the Silver Cup will be available on www.hockeytv.com.