PITTSBURGH – The Metro Jets scored four power-play goals, including the game-winner in the final minute, to grab a 4-3 victory and weekend sweep Sunday afternoon over the Pittsburgh Vengeance at the Alpha Ice Complex.
Aaron Shahin’s goal at 19:21 of the third period sealed the deal.
Jets captain Griffin Sawyer scored two goals and Connor Inger and Robby Flannery each posted four assists to back Jacob McClelland’s 18 saves in goal.
“I thought the biggest positive was net-front traffic,” said Inger (pictured). “We wanted to eliminate playing perimeter hockey and we had a lot of goals in front, especially on an effective power play.”
“Guys stepped up when we had to,” added Flannery. “We had a lot of big blocked shots and most importantly, took home four points.”
Kyle Gierman scored the Jets’ first goal.
For Pittsburgh, Dominick Glavach, Nathaniel Schwartz and Simon Soderberg scored, Justin Bioni picked up two assists and Jacob Zab made 42 stops in the blue paint.
“Another big game by the Pittsburgh goalie made it tough to open the game up,” Metro coach-GM Justin Quenneville said. “They capitalized on a couple bounces and made it interesting. I’m happy for our guys and the character they showed. We also got big goals from the PP unit. We still have a lot to work on this week in preparation of North Iowa.”
The Jets host the North Iowa Bulls this weekend at Fraser Hockeyland – 7 p.m. Saturday night and then 12:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
“I don’t think much will change for us in practice this week,” said Inger. “We know who we have up next, but we’re a confident bunch and we try to worry about ourselves and make them adjust to us.”
“Big weekend coming up, for sure,” added Flannery. “I think guys are going to be maybe a little bit more focused and excited. At the end of the day, it’s four points up for grabs.”
Both games will be available on www.hockeytv.com.