FRASER, Mich. – The Metro Jets and MJDP combined to go 3-0 on the weekend, with two wins coming on the road.
Friday afternoon, the MJDP downed the Motor City Hockey Club 10-0 at Jack Adams Arena in Detroit and then the Jets beat the Lansing Wolves 4-3 that night at Fraser Hockeyland.
Mitch Forton tallied two goals and two assists, Mitchell Hoon scored twice, and Nick McDougall compiled four assists in the MJDP victory.
“It was nice to see guys get rewarded on the scoresheet for their hard work and pressure,” said Jets associate head coach Jamie Lovell. “We continued our dominance from last weekend’s game into this afternoon and finally put some pucks in the net. Credit to Ethan Ryan (pictured) for making some big saves to preserve his shutout despite going long stretches without seeing a lot of action.
“Great effort from every guy throughout the lineup.”
Nick Beeman, Cole Phillips and Brayden Tayles added a goal and an assist each, while Dylan Tegtmeyer, Derek Dreher and Garrett Benoit added single goals.
Logan Davis and Blake Sheridan posted two assists apiece.
For the Jets, Conner Graham’s goal at 16:48 of the third period snapped a 4-4 tie and the Jets held on for the win.
“Trying put things into perspective and never be too upset when you come out with the win, which is ultimately the result you want,” said Lovell. “Just not really pleased with the process it took. We still carried the play, for the most part, but took too many penalties, dumb untimely penalties, and let Lansing back into the game. And that kept them in the game.
“When you’re having trouble scoring goals, you can’t give up power-play opportunities and make defensive mistakes the way we did tonight, but we scored some good ‘hockey goals’ and found a way to win in the end. We know we need to be better.”
Matt Cruz, Josh German, captain Brodie Thornton and Nolan Turi also scored, while Zak Rais and Jesper Svadang posted two assists apiece.
Graham also had an assist for a two-point game.
In goal, Machus Turner made 22 saves and also stopped a penalty shot attempt by John LaBombard at 19:40 of the second period.
Sunday, the Jets’ offense exploded as Nick Ceccarini’s six-point game (five goals, assist) lifted Metro to a 12-3 win over the Columbus Mavericks at the NTPRD Chiller in Springfield, Ohio.
Anthony Cinato collected a goal and four assists, Justin Renzi added a goal and three assists, Cruz two goals and Matt Bleim and Trevor Granzow added a goal and an assist each.
Connor Fredricks-Stebbins scored his first junior goal and Turi also scored. Thornton tacked on three assists and Rais and Graham chipped in with two assists apiece.
Will Augustine turned aside 31 shots in goal.
Next weekend, the MJDP is on the road to play the Decatur Blaze Friday night at 6 p.m. Eastern and Saturday night at 8:30 p.m., while the Jets host Lansing at home at 3:30 p.m. next Sunday.
All games will be streamed on www.HockeyTV.com with live updates on the USPHL app.
FRASER, Mich. – In a rare Sunday night game, the MJDP defeated the Motor City Hockey Club 5-1 at Fraser Hockeyland on the strength of two-point games from Mitchell Hoon, Patrick Hays and Brennan Zatelli, who each posted a goal and an assist.
In goal, Michael Paul finished with 16 saves.
“We played well, controlled the play from start to finish,” said Jets associate head coach Jamie Lovell. “I thought our guys did a good job staying composed and not getting frustrated despite being so dominant in the offensive zone but only having one goal to show for it after one period and only up 2-1 after the second.
“Michael made a couple key saves when we needed them, and we finally broke through.”
Mitch Forton and Garrett Benoit also scored in the win as the MJDP outshot Motor City 53-17.
The two teams meet again Friday at Jack Adams Arena in Detroit. Puck drop is set for 2 p.m.
“We will have a good week of practice ahead of us to prepare for these guys again Friday,” Lovell said. “We need to keep working on converting more chances offensively and not let teams hang around.”
All games this season will be streamed on www.HockeyTV.com.
As the calendar has flipped to 2020 and the Metro Jets continue to be a dominant, model junior hockey organization not only in the Midwest, but across the country, let’s take a look back on the top 10 highlights from the decade gone by.
1 – Jets capture 2018 national championship
For the fourth time in franchise history, the Jets emerged as the last team standing, winning the 2018 national championship in a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the St. Louis Jr. Blues in suburban Chicago.
Jhuwon Davis was the OT hero, knocking in a pass from Rhett Limback to give Metro the title on March 31, 2018.
The championship also capped a remarkable three-year run for defensemen Robby Flannery and Marc Schwartz.
The Jets have also won five straight division championships, won the 2018-19 regular-season title and have been to four straight national championship games.
2 – An unbreakable record
During the 2016-17 regular season, the Jets rattled off an impressive 47-0-0 record with each win coming in regulation – no overtime or shootouts.
No other junior hockey team had ever fashioned an undefeated season and it’s likely that will never happen again.
3 – Boudon commits to NCAA D-I Lake Superior State
After being named league MVP in 2017, Jets forward Louis Boudon advanced to the NAHL’s Northeast Generals, playing there the following two seasons.
For the 2019-20 season, Boudon is playing at NCAA Division I Lake Superior State, fitting in extremely well as a freshman in the always-competitive WCHA conference.
4 – Cammick takes over reins from Wolfe
Prior to the 2015-16 season, Hal “Butch” Wolfe, the original owner of the Jets franchise from 1989, sold the club to Florida businessman Peter Cammick.
Under Wolfe’s leadership, the Jets won three national championships playing out of Lakeland Arena in Waterford.
After Cammick took over, the Jets moved operations to Fraser Hockeyland.
5 – College commitments continue
As has become the norm for the Jets, the end of each season always sees numerous players move on to play NCAA Division III hockey and ACHA hockey.
In the past three years alone, nearly 50 players have advanced to college teams, with many others getting called up to the USHL and Tier II clubs across the country.
6 – Thornton an in-house success story
Brodie Thornton grew up playing in various programs at Fraser Hockeyland. He made the Jets team at the start of 2017-18 season, was on the 2018 national championship team, and is serving as team captain this season.
He is expected to announce his NCAA commitment in the coming weeks.
7 – Impact imports
The past decade saw the Jets get more aggressive in signing import players.
In 2014-15, defenseman Sergey Golov (Russia) manned the blue line and also saw Tier II action, while Boudon (France, 2016-17) and Matthias Tellstrom (Sweden, 2015-17) were dynamic forwards. Tellstrom is currently playing pro hockey back home. Last season, Fredrik Meurling (Sweden) was one of the top goalies in the USPHL and took the Jets to the national championship game.
This season Swedish defenseman Jesper Svadang is the lone import skating for the Jets.
8 – Oleksy, Nedeljkovic make NHL debuts
Steven Oleksy skated two seasons for the Jets from 2003-05 and after stints in Tier II, at Lake Superior State and in the minors, made his NHL debut for the Washington Capitals on March 5, 2013, becoming the first-ever Jets graduate to play in the NHL. He also won a Stanley Cup championship with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016.
Then on Jan. 17, 2017, goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic made his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes. Nedeljkovic played for the Jets during the 2012-13 season and won a Calder Cup AHL championship last spring with the Charlotte Checkers.
In addition, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper led the Jets to the 2002 national championship.
9 – China trips yield bronze medals
The past two Octobers, the Jets have ventured to China to play in highly competitive international tournaments against national junior teams from various countries.
Both times, the Jets brought home the bronze medal, showcasing the fact that not only do the Jets have a foothold on junior hockey in the United States, but also on a global scale.
In addition, the team took in the sites, culture and historic landmarks in China.
10 – Giving back
Each season, the Jets play a series of promotional games at Fraser Hockeyland – a Pink In The Rink game for cancer awareness and a Heroes game to honor and recognize military, police officers, firefighters and first responders. Proceeds from each game have been donated to various local charities.
The players’ specialty jerseys for each game also get auctioned off with those proceeds going to those in need as well.