TOLEDO, Ohio – The Metro Jets outshot the Toledo Cherokee 71-28, but needed a big third period to take a 7-4 win Friday night at the Team Toledo IceHouse.
The two teams were tied 1-1 after one period and 3-3 after 40 minutes.
“Toledo is always tough to beat in their barn,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “I felt like we played a strong first half of the game, even though it was only 2-1. We didn’t panic, even after they got a couple on us because we controlled the game and the pace throughout. It was a matter of time before it would open up and it did in the third. Credit to the Toledo goalie on a big game.”
Jeremy Schwartz led the Metro attack with two goals and an assist, while Rhett Limback went for a goal and two assists and Dante Trapiss added three assists to back Brian Tallieu’s 24 saves in goal.
“The positives of tonight’s game were that we had legs in the third period to beat them,” said Jets defenseman George Hansen, who recorded a goal and an assist. “They were hunched over in the third and we were still going. All the extra skating we do at the end of our practices pay off. Tonight, it helped us win.
“In the first two periods, we weren’t playing Jets hockey – we were playing as individuals. In the third, we settled down and started making the smarter plays. We started playing Jets hockey and the goals followed.”
Joey Bruce, Brandon Graham and Connor Inger also scored and Devlin Macaulay chipped in with two assists.
Toledo goalie Ricardo Gonzalez made 64 saves and Tristin Snyder figured on all four goals by scoring twice and assisting on the other two.
The Jets are back home at Fraser Hockeyland Saturday night to play the Lansing Wolves at 7 p.m.
Streaming of the game will be available on www.hockeytv.com.