The Metro Jr. Jets Midget BB team is LCAHL playoff champions.
The Jr. Jets won the championship on Feb. 25 over the Royal Oak Eagles in a two-game, total-goal format. The senior youth Jets squad proved their mettle by playing tough and disciplined hockey for an overall 11-4 score over the two games.
In Game 1, the Jr. Jets gave up a goal on the first shot of the game in the very first minute, but backed by the great goaltending of Will Drake and a stellar power play, the Jr Jets did not allow another goal the remainder of the game.
Jered Bialecki came up huge for the team leading with two goals and a helper, while Nathan Paprocki and Bryce Rossi had a goal and two assists each. The power play was the star of the game, leading to three of the team’s six total goals.
Bialecki was named the game MVP for his play and sportsmanship by the game officials.
Game 2 was played at the new Belfor Arena inside the LCA. This was a wonderful treat for the boys and it turned out to cause a bit of a slow start.
Royal Oak jumped out to a 2-0 lead as the Jr. Jets were shaking off being in a great atmosphere in front of so much support from family and friends.
As it seems to be in playoff hockey, you get jump started by your most unlikely of players, and Rob “Robby the Rocket” Elle got the Jr. Jets on the board with a great shot in the mid-slot. A short time later, Andrew Sauger added a great tally on a wonderful backhand to tie the game at 2-all.
That gave the team new life and from there, the Jr. Jets took flight.
The physical play increased and traffic in front of the Eagles net made life impossible for their goalie. Team leaders Will Schelosky (three assists) and Joe Hatch (two assists) led the rushes up ice and Bryce Rossi again added the finishing touches with his deft passing and potent scoring.
To finish the scoring in the second, with speed down the left side, Brad Toby slid the puck just inside the right post to put the Jr. Jets in the lead for good.
Lastly, this game featured a penalty shot mid-way through the third. With the game still in doubt, just 4-3 Jr. Jets at the time, Royal Oak was awarded a penalty shot as steady defenseman Sean Barvais had to pull down his man on a clean breakaway chance. Goaltender Uzair Kahn, though, was up to the task and stood tall, preventing the opportunity and keeping the Jr. Jets margin.
The final was 5-3 and the celebration was on.
Rossi (goal and two assists) was named the game MVP for his play and sportsmanship by the game officials.
The Jets are coached by Mike Henisse, Brian Paprocki and Eric Sauger, and the team manager is Kim Toby.
Players include: Sean Barvais, Jered Bialecki, Joe Chaivre, Will Drake, Noah Durie, Rob “Robby the Rocket” Elle, Joe Hatch, Jacob “Heabs” Heabeart, Trevor Henisse, Uzair Kahn, Dom Kanalos, Nate “Big Boy” Morris, Jacob Mika, Nathan “Pap” Paprocki, Bryce Rossi, Andrew Sauger, Will Schelosky, Pat Thompson, Brad Toby and Jacob “Z” Zemsta.