FRASER, Mich. – The Metro Jets picked up two more wins this weekend with a two-game sweep at Fraser Hockeyland over the Cincinnati Thunder.
Saturday night in a 10-0 rout, Mathieu LaForest posted two goals and three assists, while Connor Inger and Joey Bruce each scored twice to back Jacob McClelland’s 13-save shutout.
Dante Trapiss added a goal and two assists, Jaylen Dziegelewski a goal plus a helper and Dan Suszek and Devlin Macaulay one goal apiece.
Jets captain Griffin Sawyer and Garrett Wojcicki contributed two assists each.
Thunder goalies Nick Van Winkle and Danny Miller combined to make 72 saves.
“We gave some of our younger players an opportunity to get into a junior game this weekend and at the end of the day, it’s about the standard that we want to hold ourselves to,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville (pictured). “There were some good shifts and there were some bad ones, but we tried to stay focused as long as we can. A win’s a win and we’ll move on from this really quickly.”
Then Sunday afternoon, the Jets trailed 3-2 midway through the second period, but Inger tied it at 12:35 and then Kyle Gierman’s goal at 19:43 snapped the 3-all tie and the Jets pulled away with three in the third for a 7-3 win.
LaForest, Inger, Dziegelewski and Anthony Cinato all had a goal and an assist, while Zack Kippe and Bruce scored single goals.
Rhett Limback finished with two assists.
“It wasn’t a pretty game (Sunday), but we got four points, so we have to be pretty happy rolling into Pittsburgh and then playing North Iowa (at home) after that,” said Limback. “Big four games coming up for us.”
In goal, Nick Barrett started and made five saves on eight shots and was pulled for Brian Tallieu at 11:56 of the second period. Tallieu made one save the rest of the way to earn the victory.
Miller made 79 saves for Cincinnati.
Next weekend, the Jets hit the road for a two-game series with the Pittsburgh Vengeance. Game times are 6:30 p.m. Saturday night, followed by an 11:40 a.m. puck drop Sunday afternoon.
“We’ll be glad playing against our division and a lot of this is focusing on what we know we need to work on,” Quenneville said. “It’s still early in the season, even though the kids have been here nearly a month, but we’ve got a lot of things to touch on and there’s going to be a quick turnaround mindset here.
“Pittsburgh plays a similar style in terms of holding net front, clearing second chances and kind of being stingy in their own zone. All things we’ll touch on this week – we’ve got a long work week and we’re excited to get back to practices where we can control it.”
All games will be streamed on www.hockeytv.com.