Metro repeats as East Division champions

FRASER, Mich. – Even as U2’s “Beautiful Day” played over the Fraser Hockeyland PA system, you’d hardly know from ice level that the Metro Jets had just won their second consecutive NA3HL East Division championship.

No on-ice team photo. No sticks and gloves in the air. Just the post-series handshake and off to the locker room.

The team knows there is more hockey to play and that’ll be next week in suburban Chicago at the Silver Cup Championship Tournament.

Friday night, the Jets swept the West Michigan Wolves in the East finals with an 11-2 win.

“We’re ecstatic, obviously, getting an opportunity to be in this position again this year and I’m proud of the guys to push forward here and do the right things, win the right way,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “Tonight, the score was pretty indicative of how we’ve been playing of late, but credit to West Michigan. They fought, they played hard and they were definitely deserving of being here in the finals. The second half of the year, Mark (Lawrence) has done a great job with them. It was still tough, regardless of what the game outcome was tonight.

“We’re happy and we’ll let this soak in and move forward from here.”

Kevin Shand posted three goals and two assists, Mathias Tellstrom two goals and three assists and Jacob Drinkard added a goal and a pair of assists in the win.

Jacob Gleason potted two goals, Michael Tratar and Jason Recchia each notched a goal and an assist and Metro captain Matt Dempsey scored the other goal.

Cam Schwartz, Devin Kelly and Graham Day each contributed two assists.

In goal, Kam Limburg started and allowed just a goal to Devin Farkas before giving way to Austin Kane early in the third period. Kane allowed a Connor Henderson goal.

Limburg and Kane combined to make 28 saves.

For West Michigan, Sam Woznicki allowed seven goals on 27 shots and was pulled after Shand’s third at 8:21 of the second period. Maxwell Barr played the rest of the way and stopped 13 of 17 shots.

The Jets’ schedule for the Silver Cup will be known once the other five divisional finals wrap up this weekend.