DIMONDALE, Mich. – Michael Paul put together a solid 35-save effort to lead the Metro Jets MJDP team to a 3-0 shutout over the Lansing Wolves Friday night from The Summit Sports and Ice Complex.
Mitchell Hoon, Nick McDougall and Jake Aslanian, who also had two assists, scored for the MJDP.
“It was a good game, had a lot of fun out there,” Paul said. “I was confident in our defensemen as they did a great job forcing everything to the outside for me to make an easy save. A shutout always means a lot to me but no doubt that it’s a team effort. I couldn’t have done it without these guys.
“We’re excited to head home for tomorrow night’s game and try to pick up another big two points.”
Jets coach Dan Pszenyczny agreed with his goaltender.
“We outplayed them and sustained pressure on them well throughout the game,” said Pszenyczny. “They did a great job tilting the ice on them and we expect another tough game tomorrow, but we will reset and look to get another two points tomorrow at home.”
Lansing goalie Gavin Hudspeth finished with 30 saves in suffering the defeat.
Saturday, the Jets play a doubleheader at Fraser Hockeyland as the Jets host the Columbus Mavericks at 4:30 p.m. and the MJDP and Lansing rematch in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.
Both games will be streamed on www.HockeyTV.com with live updates on the USPHL app.
FRASER, Mich. – Mitch Forton comes from a large hockey family.
His older brother, Kenny, actually played for the Metro Jets during the 2013-14 season.
Mitch, the second-youngest of 10 Forton kids (six boys, four girls) that range in age from 15 to 34, said Kenny helped push him to the Jets when he was unsure of where to play.
“Kenny had given me brotherly advice and had really been my driving factor this past summer,” said Forton. “I was on the fence about playing for a while – one day I was going to and the next day I wasn’t. Him and his old billet brother were the ones to really finally push me over the edge after ‘Q’ and Randy (Wilson) called a few times, but it was because of him I kept working out, skating and finally made the decision to play and indulge in the junior lifestyle.
“I kind of signed late. Like any kid, I had big lofty goals of making a Tier II lineup and playing good college hockey after, but I was missing a few key components. A few phone calls from Randy and Q finally convinced me to sign late in the summer.”
This season skating for the Jets, the 18-year-old Petoskey native (he turns 19 the day after Thanksgiving) has rang up six goals and two assists in 15 games.
“On a personal level, I have already grown tremendously as a player,” Forton said. “Q and Jamie (Lovell) really know their stuff and how to teach the little details of the game that can be overlooked at lower levels. They are dedicated to developing solid players and it shows as long as players bring the work ethic. Those guys teach a good brand of aggressive hockey that also incorporates control and skill that allows any type of player come and develop and have a chance to compete at a higher level.”
“When we look to bring players into our program, we talk about looking for good people first and then we will make them into good hockey players,” added Jets associate head coach Jamie Lovell. “Mitch Forton epitomizes the ideal person we want for our program. From Day 1, his attitude has been tremendous. It’s infectious – he makes others around him work harder. He’s taking full advantage of a hockey environment that is all about development and he’s learning and getting better each day.
“He’s always been a big strong player, he’s fit, but now he’s learning how to use that more on the ice by developing his hockey sense and learning to play a role that colleges will be looking for at the next level.”
As for moving up the hockey ladder at some point, Forton knows that buying in to the Jets program will open a few doors down the road.”
“I feel I have brought a good work ethic to the team,” Forton said. “If you consistently put in hard work, it’s hard to regress. Basically, that has been my focus for this season, to put in as much work as I can and get to the next level ASAP.
“I just want to play hockey. I love the sport. I love the relationships and connections that you can develop from the game so however it works out is fine by me. Obviously, eventually getting paid to play is ideal but if I get a college scholarship, play through college and then my life takes off and men’s league is all that’s left, that’s fine by me, too.”
FRASER, Mich. – An eight-goal second period propelled the Metro Jets to a 12-1 win over the Toledo Cherokee Wednesday night at Fraser Hockeyland.
Matt Bleim led the offense for the Jets with a hat trick, Cam Conover added two goals and two assists and Metro captain Brodie Thornton posted four assists in the win.
Jets goalie Machus Turner made 23 saves and also contributed three assists.
“It was fun to watch,” said Jets associate head coach Jamie Lovell. “Our guys were snapping the puck around and when we play like that, we can do that to any team.”
Jesper Svadang and Conner Graham added a goal and two assists each and Josh German, Justin Renzi and Nick Ceccarini registered two assists apiece.
Bleim said his three goals were the result of hard work from his linemates.
“Sometimes, you just get lucky,” said Bleim. “I was just in the right place at the right time and those guys did a good job getting me those pucks. I’ve been working on finishing and tonight, it just worked out in my favor.”
Anthony Cinato went for a goal and an assist, while Brandon Bradley, Zach Rais, Nolan Turi and Alec Lindecker also scored in the rout.
Toledo captain Anthony Weinrich netted the lone goal for the Cherokee in the first minute of the second period and Chad Simmerman and Mason Snyder combined to stop 44 shots in the loss.
The Jets next host the Columbus Mavericks at Fraser Hockeyland Saturday at 4 p.m. to start the first half of the home-and-home series. The two teams wrap up Sunday at 3:45 p.m. down in Columbus.
All games will be streamed on www.HockeyTV.com with live updates available on the USPHL app.