FRASER, Mich. – The snowstorm that battered much of the state didn’t affect Wednesday night’s game at Fraser Hockeyland as the Metro Jets downed the Toledo Cherokee 7-4.
Connor Inger scored twice with three assists, while Trevor Momot (pictured) added a pair of goals and two assists and goaltender Jacob McClelland finished with 18 saves for the win in goal.
“Unfortunate situation tonight with the weather, but at this level, it’s not as easy as cancelling the game,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “I’m Canadian, so for (assistant coach) Jamie Lovell and I, this is just another day with some snow. Toledo made the trip and we planned accordingly and safely. In the end, a good game was played and their goalie played a heck of a game.
“We trusted our game plan and stuck with it, and I’m glad our guys were rewarded for it. A little snow wasn’t going to stop us from playing hard tonight, and our guys did. Good overall contribution from all the guys tonight.”
Matt Schaumburger made his season debut with the Jets playing on a line with Inger and Momot and went for a goal and an assist.
Jeremy Schwartz and Jhuwon Davis added single goal for Metro.
“It’s huge to grab two points in a division game tonight,” said Inger, who has been among the NA3HL’s top scorers all season. “We’re a group that isn’t going to accept losing this season, so we’re hoping to build off this momentum and start a streak.
“My linemates have all made it easy for me this season working hard and finding me in soft spots. I give all the credit to the players I play with, whether it be Griffin Sawyer or Momot or anyone else I am paired up with that game. They work hard to get me the puck every night.”
Ricardo Gonzalez made 65 saves for Toledo, as the Jets outshot the Cherokee 72-22.
The Jets travel to Blaine, Minn., this coming weekend for the annual NA3HL Showcase event at the Schwan Super Rink.
Metro plays the Binghamton Jr. Senators Sunday at 2:45 p.m. EST, the L/A Nordiques Monday at 1:45 p.m. and then conclude with the New Ulm Steel on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
All games will be streamed on www.hockeytv.com.