Monday, January 16, 2012

Jets complete sweep of depleted Mountain Cats

WATERFORD, MI - The Metro Jets swept the Michigan Mountain Cats in dominating fashion on home ice last weekend at Lakeland Arena.

With the pair of wins, the Jets are now 13-4-0-0 at home.

"I thought our team played well," said Metro coach Jason Cirone. "We stuck to the game plan and were very persistent all weekend. We played a team that has run into some injury problems, but it's a team like that that you can't let have any life or they'll make you pay."

Saturday night, the Jets used seven different goal-scorers and a 13-save shutout from Dillon Kelley in a 7-0 win over the Mountain Cats.

With Devin Williams up with the OHL's Erie Otters the rest of the season, Kelley assumes the role of the No. 1 goaltender with junior veteran Eric Trunick serving as a capable backup.

"I'm very comfortable with Dillon Kelley in goal for us," Cirone said. "Trunick will be a good influence on Dillon and has already shown to be a great teammate. Dillon has been playing extremely well, but if he falters, I'm very comfortable with putting Trunick in there as well."

Mike MacKinnon had a goal and two assists for Metro, while Steve Klisz, Josh Beleski, Doug Andrews and captain Tommy Kilgore all had a goal and an assist.

Justin Shureb and Matt Stirling also scored and Chris Hellebuyck and Matt Stemkoski each contributed two assists apiece.

The Jets peppered Michigan goalie Schuyler Ferguson with 55 shots.

Sunday afternoon, Metro put 65 shots on Jordan Wood in taking an 8-2 victory.

Beleski scored three goals with a helper, while MacKinnon potted a pair and Klisz, Shureb and Adam Reid (first NA3HL goal) added singles to back Kelley’s 19 saves in goal.

Andrews tacked on five assists in the game. Hellebuyck and John Baker added two helpers each.

The Jets (19-11-0-1) travel to Pittsburgh next weekend for two games with the Jr. Penguins. Game time is 7:20 p.m.Saturday night and then a noon start Sunday.

"Pittsburgh is behind us in the standings and we'd like to keep them there," said Cirone. "I think they're aware of what we'll bring and what kind of a team we are. I don't think we're a secret any more. I've said all year that our division (East) is the best in the entire league and any team can on any given night. The kids know what I want and what I expect and now it's up to them to go out and keep winning hockey games."

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