WOOSTER, Ohio – The Wooster Oilers scored three goals in the third period – including two in the final minute – to stun the Metro Jets 3-2 Friday night at the Alice Noble Ice Arena.
The game wraps the regular season for the Jets, who finish 40-6-1, atop the NA3HL East Division for the fourth straight season.
“Tonight does not define the season,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “I’m extremely proud of this group this year and how they reached another 40-win season, which is incredible given our strength of schedule. With what they have done as group again, winning the season division crown is special, but they all know that means nothing now. We’ll begin our next goal and take care of business whoever the hell we play.”
The Fraser Cup Playoffs start next weekend and the Jets will play either Wooster or the Southern Tier Xpress.
Friday night, Jeremy Schwartz scored and added an assist, while Jake Stawinski (pictured) tallied his first of the year for the Jets.
Andrew Kormos stopped 24 shots in goal in suffering the defeat.
“It’s disappointing we didn’t close out that game,” Quenneville said. “We had a couple mental breakdowns and a stupid penalty at the end that ultimately cost us. The only player I feel bad for is Andrew tonight. The players let him down, and regardless of the fact that this game didn’t mean anything for us, it’s important to play the right way and he battled for the guys tonight. He doesn’t deserve that performance from the group in the third.
“We are immediately shifting our attention to playoffs, and we are looking forward to getting our lineup back up to normal. We are going to have some pouty boys next week when they are not in the lineup, but that’s 100 percent on them. I only expect the best foot forward every single minute we step into the rink now that playoffs start for us. Anything else just won’t cut it.”
Zack Zwierecki started the scoring for Wooster at 7:15 of the third period and then Grant Dickinson tied it on a power play at 19:21 and Turner Banyasz won it at 19:56.
Oilers goalie Michael Hubbard made 31 saves for the win between the pipes.
All playoff games will be streamed on www.hockeytv.com.