FRASER, Mich. – Five different players scored and Andrew Kormos stopped 22 shots as the Metro Jets defeated the Wooster Oilers 5-1 Saturday night in the team’s annual “Pink In The Rink” game for cancer awareness at Fraser Hockeyland.
The announced attendance was a season-high 891 spectators.
Jets captain Griffin Sawyer, Aaron Shahin, George Hansen, Joey Bruce and Kristian Alafriz all scored, while Connor Inger added two assists.
Kormos was strong in goal, just allowing a Daniel Critzer goal early in the second period, but also stopping a Matthew Kesto penalty shot late in the first period.
“Tonight’s game was as expected,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “We know Wooster is a stingy team to play against and they like to finish their hits. Overall, I think we played a decent 60 minutes, considering last night where we had a lapse for a little bit, but I think the guys responded well tonight and approached the game plan against these guys appropriately.”
“Everything starts with the coaching staff and in the locker room before the game,” said Jets forward-defenseman Trevor Momot. “We executed tonight and it was pretty cool to play in front of a big crowd for ‘Pink In The Rink’ and seeing all the pink jerseys.
“It was sweet how the community came together tonight.”
Wooster goalies Justyn Gillis and Michael Hubbard combined to make 34 saves.
Off the ice, Quenneville agreed with Momot in seeing how the night went.
“For us in a lot of ways, it hit home this year,” said Quenneville. “Last year was obviously a big year for us raising a lot of money for ‘Pink In The Rink’ and a good cause, but this year, we wanted to put it somewhere where it hit home and with (former Jets coach) Jason Cirone, it’s tough. It’s tough to see what the family is going through and to be able to donate our game proceeds towards his fight and his battle, we certainly wish him nothing but the best.
“The support was great tonight, the fans were awesome and it was a bigger turnout than last year. Our entire staff was over-involved and everyone really pitched in on this.”
The Jets take to the road next weekend for two games in Jamestown, N.Y., against the Southern Tier Xpress. Game times are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. from the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Both games will be streamed on www.hockeytv.com.
Photo/Jets alumni Zach Kopinski and Cody Jones taking the ceremonial puck drop with Wooster captain Cole Barney and Jets captain Griffin Sawyer