Newel’s hat trick Sunday leads Metro to road sweep in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – Evan Newel popped a hat trick as the Metro Jets completed a weekend sweep of the Pittsburgh Vengeance with an 8-2 win Sunday afternoon at the Alpha Ice Complex.

Newel added an assist for a four-point game, joining Dylan Naumovski (goal, three assists) and captain Graham Day (four assists) in racking up four points on the day.

The Jets went 3-for-5 on the power play and added a shorthanded goal (their second of the weekend) from Cam Schwartz.

“Today, everything seemed to be clicking, aside from a couple bad plays here and there,” Newel said. “We hoped to come into this weekend to get four points and we ended up doing just that, which proves that we are just as good on the road as we are at home. Overall, it was a great weekend for our team.”

As for his three-goal effort, Newel said it’s been a while since that happened.

“I honestly couldn’t tell you when my last hat trick was,” said Newel. “I was jumping from line to line, so that just shows how well we played as a team today.”

Schwartz joined Chas Distelrath with a goal and an assist, while Jake Gleason and Chase Sereno added single goals and Mathias Tellstrom posted two assists.

Jets goalie Andrew Kormos made 17 saves for the win.

“That’s a good weekend for our guys on the road,” Metro coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “Everyone got involved and played a pretty consistent game both days. I though our PK was outstanding and our goalies played well. Today, Kormos made some big saves to keep the gap on the scoreboard. Even when things got chippy, our guys responded the right way. We’ll move on and prepare for West Michigan now.”

Pittsburgh netminder Jacob Zab finished with 24 saves for the Vengeance.

Metro now comes home to host the West Michigan Wolves for a pair next weekend at Fraser Hockeyland – Saturday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.