JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The Southern Tier Xpress scored three goals in the third period, including the game-winning tally at 19:12, and upset the Metro Jets 4-3 Friday night at Northwest Arena.
The loss ends the Jets’ 17-game winning streak.
“This game is 100 percent credit to Southern Tier,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “They worked their tails off for 60 minutes and were rewarded for it. There’s nothing to blame but ourselves for not taking advantage of a hard game to win. It just seemed like when we made a mistake, it was in the back of the net. We have been on a winning streak again, beating top teams in our league along the way, so this shows you how hard our games are in our division.
“The only disappointment was giving up three in the third and one of them in the last minute. That’s unacceptable, but like I told our guys, nobody feels bad for us. We earned our opportunities to play against the top lineups and hard games. You are not a first-place team by accident, but you have to hate to lose every shift to stay on top. In the end, we just didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to win a hard game tonight.”
Reggie Millette (pictured), Connor Inger and Robby Flannery scored for the Jets, while Matt Schaumburger posted two assists and Brian Tallieu made 28 saves in goal.
For Southern Tier, Hunter Kepple scored the game-winner, Joey Gerace recorded a goal and an assist and Michael Lamison had a goal and three assists. Brandon Heacock took the win in goal with a 39-save performance.
The Jets stay on the road and play the Pittsburgh Vengeance Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. from the Alpha Ice Complex.
Streaming of the game will be available on www.hockeytv.com.