Thornton’s hat trick, Kormos’ 20 saves lead Jets over Cherokee Friday night

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Metro Jets showed no holiday hangover in defeating the Toledo Cherokee 7-0 Friday night at the Team Toledo IceHouse.

Brodie Thornton scored three goals for the Jets, while Andrew Kormos made 20 saves for the shutout in goal.

“I thought the team looked well rested and played confident,” said Thornton (pictured). “I was ready for the game. All day, I was thinking about it, couldn’t keep my mind off of it. All game long, I was in the right place at the right time just making myself available. First two goals, I just got the shot off as soon as I could because I saw both openings. Third one, I took it off a blocked shot from Toledo and took it myself to shoot with a screen.”

Jets captain Griffin Sawyer added two goals and an assist, while Robby Flannery had a goal and an assist and Rhett Limback the other goal.

“Coming off the holiday break, teams are looking to capitalize because they think you are vulnerable,” Jets associate coach Steve Kruk said. “Our response tonight was exceptional. We played a very direct, north style of hockey and were able to get pucks past their ‘D’ and generate a lot of offense. Extremely happy for Brodie, who definitely made the most of an opportunity tonight and gave himself prime scoring chances by getting into their house.”

Mathieu LaForest, Anthony Cinato, Jhuwon Davis and Aaron Shahin added two assists apiece for Metro.

Toledo goalie Ricardo Gonzalez finished with 33 saves.

The two teams play again Saturday night at Fraser Hockeyland with puck drop set for 7:30 p.m.

Streaming of the game will be available on www.hockeytv.com.