GENEVA, Ill. – The Metro Jets’ thrilling 2014-15 season came to a close Saturday afternoon with a 6-1 loss to the Granite City Lumberjacks at the NA3HL Silver Cup tournament at the Fox Valley Ice Arena.
And Metro head coach Justin Quenneville wasn’t happy after the game.
"We were 60 minutes away from the finals and unfortunately, that opportunity was taken away from these young men,” Quenneville said. “It's too bad nobody had an opportunity to see who the better team was in this playoff game where penalties were so significantly lopsided. Unfortunately, in order for us to have made the finals, we would have had to kill 11 minor penalties to do it and that in itself would be special, but I am proud of how the team fought through adversity today and gave themselves an opportunity to play for a league title in the end.
“It's hard to not look at the kids' season as a success after everything they accomplished and how close they came and I enjoyed the ride with them every step of the way."
Cody Jones scored for the Jets in the third period and goaltender Jake Stephan (pictured) made 30 saves.
“Today was tough on everyone because we've worked so hard to get as far as we got,” Metro captain David Chavis II said. “You never want to lose the last game of the season, but that's just how it happened. I think the teams’ emotions overall are pretty down, but this group of guys gave their heart and soul to the team this year and I'm proud of every single one of them. It's definitely a season we will all remember.”
Granite City will play North Iowa in the Silver Cup championship Sunday afternoon.