Pittsburgh on tap as Metro readies for East Division finals this weekend

FRASER, Mich. – After a dramatic and heart-stopping NA3HL East Division semifinal series win over the West Michigan Wolves, the Metro Jets are ready for the East finals this coming weekend against the Pittsburgh Vengeance.

Last weekend, the Jets dropped Game 1 in Battle Creek, but battled back to take Games 2 and 3 at Fraser Hockeyland to eliminate the Wolves.

Next up is the Vengeance, a team the Jets went 6-0 against in the regular season and outscored 28-5 in those six games.

The winner of the East final qualifies for the Silver Cup National Championship tournament March 29-April 2 in suburban Chicago. The Jets have qualified the past two seasons, getting to the championship game in 2016.

“Pittsburgh has a hard-working group,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “They do a good job shutting down secondary chances and have strong goaltending. Our division is competitive and always a battle this time of the year.”

“We are expecting Pittsburgh to play a solid game,” added Jets captain Graham Day. “They don’t allow a lot of second chances, so we are expecting them to shut it down defensively.

“The series against West Michigan gave the guys experience into what playoff hockey is like at this level. Using the momentum from the last series, and now knowing what is needed out of each player, the guys won’t be as nervous this time around.”

Game time Friday night in Pittsburgh is 7 p.m., followed by Game 2 Saturday night in Fraser at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 12:15 p.m., if a deciding Game 3 is needed.

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

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