Sunday, October 10, 2010

Jets extinguish Jr. Flames, on 3-game win streak

WATERFORD, MI – The Metro Jets completed a two-game sweep of the Quad City Jr. Flames with a 5-4 win at Lakeland Arena Sunday afternoon and have now won three straight games in Central States Hockey League action.

Metro had topped Quad City 4-3 in overtime Saturday night. Both games, the Jets gave up third period leads, but came back to win each contest.

Sunday afternoon, the Jets (4-5-0-0) used five different goal scorers and 40 saves from goalie Eric Trunick (Commerce Township, Mich.) for the win. Trunick has earned all four of Metro’s wins this season since being acquired from Cleveland in the second week of the season.

Newly-signed Cameron Bazin’s (Troy, Mich.) power-play goal at 13:54 of the third period snapped a 4-4 tie and the Jets held on the rest of the way.

Justin Bennett (Brighton, Mich.) scored 87 seconds into the game for the Jets and then Brett Grech (Hartland, Mich.) scored four seconds into a power play at 3:25. Quad City’s Kyle Vesling made it a 2-1 game at the 7:16 mark, but Tommy Kilgore (Pinckney, Mich.) restored the two-goal lead with the only goal of the second period at 18:57.

In the third period, Matt Stirling (Dexter, Mich.) made it 4-1 with a goal on the man-advantage at 6:10 and all seemed to be going in the Jets’ favor.

However, Cole Findlay (6:47), Jared Fielden (8:55) and Kody Rodriquez (10:13) all scored for the Jr. Flames in a 3:16 span to bring Quad City all the way back.

That set the stage for Bazin’s goal and a second straight Metro win in dramatic fashion.

Matt Truninger finished with 16 saves through 40 minutes for Quad City before Mike Meadows played the third period and took the loss making six saves on eight shots.

Grech provided the heroics Saturday night with a goal just 31 seconds into overtime to win it (pictured) after the Jets blew a two-goal lead in the third period.

Metro led 1-0 after one period on a goal by Grech 1:24 into the game.

Mike Moroso (Macomb, Mich.) and Stirling replied in the second period after Quad City captain Jerry Rank had tied the game six minutes into the period.

Anthony Buchal (10:42) and Drake Fisher (12:50) tallied in the third period to knot the game at 3-all, setting up Grech’s goal early in the extra session.

Trunick played well with a 43-save outing in goal, while at the other end, Tanner Jones and Meadows combined for 26 saves. Jones started and was replaced by Meadows for the third period.

Kilgore had two assists for the Jets, including the primary helper on Grech’s game-winner.

The Jets play just one game next weekend, on Saturday night at home against the Battle Creek Jr. Revolution. Game time at Lakeland is 7:50 p.m.

Photo by Andy Grossman/Detailed Images

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