Monday, March 14, 2011

Metro ends season by sweeping Jr. Flames on the road

DAVENPORT, IA – The Metro Jets put the 2010-2011 season to rest with a two-game sweep on the road of the playoff-bound Quad City Jr. Flames this past weekend.

With the two victories, the Jets finish with a 15-29-1-0 record, their best in five seasons.

Saturday night, Matt Stirling, Brett Grech and Mike Moroso scored in the second period and Metro held on for a 4-3 win.

Matt Stemkoski scored what proved to be the game-winner at 13:22 of the third period as Quad City scored two late goals to make the game close.

Goaltender Matt Braun finished with 45 stops for the win.

Sunday afternoon, Eric Trunick made 40 saves as the Jets skated away with a convincing 4-1 win.

Stirling and Grech each had a goal and two assists to lead the attack, while Moroso and Tommy Burns also tallied.

The Jets will now start preparations for the 2011-2012 season with summer tryout camps and the NA3HL Entry Draft. Stay tuned to for all the offseason news out of Lakeland Arena.


The first round of the postseason showcases four best-of-three series in which the No. 1 seed (St. Louis) hosts the No. 8 seed (Quad City), No. 2 (Cleveland) hosts No. 7 (Queen City), No. 3 (Peoria) hosts No. 6 (Toledo) and No. 4 (Chicago) hosts No. 5 (Pittsburgh).

The winners of those four series will advance to the Hurster Cup Finals, which will take place March 24-27 in Toledo at the Team Toledo Ice House.

At the Hurster Cup Finals, the four participating teams will play a three-game round robin from March 24-26 with the top two teams at the conclusion of the round robin (most points) advancing to the Hurster Cup championship game, which will be played on March 27.

The two teams that advance to the championship game will earn a berth to the USA Hockey Tier III National Tournament. If one of those two teams is also the NA3HL’s regular-season champion, a third team will represent the league at nationals.

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