FRASER, Mich. – On a special night Saturday at Fraser Hockeyland, the Metro Jets were winners on and off the ice.
On the ice, the Jets downed the Toledo Cherokee 9-3.
Off the ice, the team’s Pink In The Rink “Jets Hockey Fights Cancer” fundraiser for local cancer charities was a rousing success.
“Overall, I’m just happy everything went well,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “The event seemed to be a success and obviously, we raised money for a good cause and getting the two points never hurts.”
Cam Schwartz and Griffin Sawyer each scored two goals and added two assists, while Jason Newel and Mathias Tellstrom posted a goal and two assists apiece and Louis Boudon went for a goal and an assist.
“It was a fun night from the start and everyone seemed to do their job,” said Sawyer. “Everyone contributed and we all did the little things and executed when we needed to. We got out to a quick start and did what we had to do and came out with the ‘W.’”
Jets captain Graham Day and Jason Recchia also scored and Nick Foran and Stefan Boskovic each compiled a pair of assists to back Jake Gwillim’s 14-save outing in goal.
“We had a good turnout tonight and it was for a good cause, so it was cool to have the fans get the guys going,” Sawyer said. “It was fun to be a part of this night.”
For Toledo, Ricky Kwapich registered a goal and an assist and Adrian Morales and Roman Malkov combined to stop 36 shots in goal.
Next up for Metro is a home-and-home series next weekend with the Wooster Oilers. The two teams play Friday night in Wooster at 7:45 p.m. before coming back to Fraser Saturday night at 7 p.m.
The games will be streamed on www.fasthockey.com.
“We’ll make sure we plan accordingly this week (for Wooster) and make those adjustments,” said Quenneville. “It’s been a while since we’ve seen them, since last year in the playoffs, but it’ll be the same as expected. They’re a gritty team and we’ll have to focus on our game.”