Offense sparks third-period onslaught as Jets defeat Vengeance Saturday night

FRASER, Mich. – The Metro Jets and Pittsburgh Vengeance were scoreless after 40 minutes, but the Jets’ offense came alive in the third period and Metro went on to take a 3-1 win Saturday night at Fraser Hockeyland.

Kyle Gierman, Aaron Shahin and Joey Bruce all scored, while Andrew Kormos (pictured) made 18 saves for his first win back in a Jets uniform after returning from the North American Hockey League.

“I thought we sustained pressure for the majority of the game,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “We knew it would be a tough game. The goaltender for Pittsburgh (Joel De Simone) is good and has had a lot of success at this level. We knew when they got him back this week (from the NAHL) that is was going to be a recreation of last year’s battles with him. We put up a lot of quality, tough shots tonight and he kept them in the game.”

De Simone finished with 39 saves, while Austen Zimmerman tallied the lone goal for the Vengeance.

The Jets have a quick turnaround with an 11 a.m. game Sunday at home against the Toledo Cherokee.

Immediately after, Pittsburgh and the Lansing Wolves will play as part of an abbreviated NA3HL East Division Showcase.

All games will be streamed on www.hockeytv.com.

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