Monday, December 20, 2010

Jets swept at home by tough Peoria squad

WATERFORD, MI – The Metro Jets stumbled a bit this weekend in getting swept at home by the Peoria Mustangs.

The visitors from Illinois won 3-0 on Saturday night and then 7-2 Sunday afternoon at Lakeland Arena.

“Not many positives to take from this weekend,” said Metro associate coach Jamie Hayden. “Eric Trunick played well Saturday night in the second and third periods, but didn’t show up in the first period and that was pretty much the difference in the game. Sunday, we just didn’t bring the effort we needed to play a team like Peoria, who is in fourth place and battling for one of the top spots in the league.”

Trunick (Commerce Township, Mich.) made 28 saves in Saturday’s loss and then suffered the loss again Sunday despite playing only 22 seconds.

Matt Braun (Ramsey, N.J.) started in goal, but was pulled for Trunick after Mason Riley scored a shorthanded goal at 11:55 of the first period to give Peoria a 2-0 lead. Kyle Hamilton scored again shorthanded on Trunick at 12:17 and Trunick was yanked for Braun.

With the Jets scoring twice, Peoria’s third goal (Hamilton’s) stood as the game-winner and Trunick the goalie of record.

Cameron Bazin (Troy, Mich.) and Matt Stirling (Dexter, Mich.) scored for Metro and Braun finished with 28 stops.

Riley and Brandon Neville each had two goals for Peoria.

The Jets (8-17-1-0) play in Flint Tuesday night and then break for the holidays. Metro’s next action comes Jan. 8-9, 2011 in Pittsburgh before a home-and-home with Battle Creek the following weekend.

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