The 2004 Metro Jr. Jets won their Bantam A Silver Stick U.S. Regional tournament Sunday night in St. Clair Shores.
The Jets started the weekend with a 2-2 tie, followed by a 4-1 win over a team in their own division. The next game was even more impressive as after giving up a goal in the first minute of the game, the Jets came back 30 seconds later and scored – then had six unanswered goals in a 7-1 rout of a division rival.
The final game was the best of the tournament.
The Jets faced the Jimmy John’s Redford team in a previous tournament final and lost the game, but they came out flying in this one and went up 2-0 early in the game only to see Jimmy John’s tie the game with 26 seconds left in the third period to force overtime.
The overtime was 4-on-4 for five minutes, then 3-on-3 for five minutes until someone scored.
Both teams had game-ending chances and the Jets goalie Zach Stein (Tournament MVP) stopped 2 breakaways in overtime, but the Jets’ bench depth outlasted their opponent.
The break came when defenseman DC Conigliaro read a pass and stepped up to intercept it and fed it to forward Aidan French, who hit Kian Conlon with a pass on a 2-on-1. Conlon netted the game-winner with 1:39 left in triple overtime for the win.
Coach Mark Thornton stated the team was led by the goaltenders and defense this weekend.
“The offense kept pressure off the ‘D’ and goalies by our pressure and forecheck, which was impressive,” said Thornton. “Having four lines rolling made it difficult for the opposing teams to adjust to our game. Having 12 forwards on their game made the 3-on-3 more controllable for us. The whole team came together and played every shift – a well-deserved tournament team win.”
The team was led by the goaltenders Zack Robert and Zach Stein and stellar defense that combined to only allow six goals in four games. The Jets offense was impressive, scoring 16 goals for an average of four per game. All four lines contributed and the four-line balanced attack out-chanced all teams in all four games.
Your 2004 Metro Jets:
Goalies: Zack Robert and Zach Stein
Defense: Dave Conigliaro, Alex Harison (played both F/D this weekend), Cam Krim, Gavin Poppei, Johnathan Tapp and Ethan Utych
Offense: Kian Conlon, Aidan French, Calvin Garda, Andrew Granata, Aidan Krim, Christopher Luciw, Matt McKernan, Kenny Michie, Nico Pacifico, Brayden Steele, Hunter Stein and Nick Wilkinson
Head Coach: Mark Thornton, Assistant Coaches: Pat French, Jason Steele and Mark Tapp