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Metro takes advantage of offensive chances, drops Pittsburgh Saturday night on the road

PITTSBURGH – Metro Jets captain Graham Day scored two goals to lead the Jets past the Pittsburgh Vengeance 4-1 Saturday night at the Alpha Ice Complex.

The win capped a two-game road sweep that also saw Metro down the Southern Tier Xpress last night in Jamestown, N.Y.

“The guys had good puck management tonight,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “We controlled our transition game much cleaner tonight and capitalized on it early. ‘Gwilly’ made some big saves when we had a few breakdowns and unfortunately, they got that last goal off a skate to break the shutout.

“Overall, we are happy with the four points this weekend and will look to get healthy and ready this week.”

Jets goalie Jake Gwillim finished with 15 saves, allowing just a Vincent Casale power-play goal at 13:26 of the third period.

Cam Schwartz and Jason Newel also scored and added an assist in the win, while Louis Boudon picked up a pair of assists.

“I think that we have a good combination of grit and skill,” said Gleason of his line with Schwartz and Newel. “Being on the big fourth line is crucial for a hockey club’s success.”

“We had a good start today with getting the first goal,” Schwartz added. “That was a good confidence booster for our line. I feel like our physical play out there makes it pretty vital to the team’s success. I consider us a hardworking line, which produces most of our goals and chances.”

Pittsburgh netminder Nikoloas Manousos finished with 30 saves in suffering the defeat.

The Jets now come home for the first time in seven weeks to play Pittsburgh next Saturday and Sunday at Fraser Hockeyland. Game time Saturday is 7 p.m. and 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

Streaming of the games will be available on www.hockeytv.com.

“After being on the road for three weeks straight, it’s always nice to be back at home, even if it’s for a short period of time,” noted Schwartz (pictured). “We know that the last half of the season we’re going to have limited home games compared to the first half, so we’ll need to take advantage of the home games we have.”

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