Sunday, January 22, 2012

Jets play poorly, drop both games in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – A trip to Pittsburgh this weekend saw the Jr. Penguins creep up four points on the Metro Jets in the East Division standings with a convincing two-game sweep.

The Jr. Penguins jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the midway point of the game and never looked back in a 6-2 win over the Jets on Saturday night.

Alexander Lysyuk recorded a hat trick plus an assist for Pittsburgh and goalie Tyler Stepke stopped 19 shots between the pipes. Vico Necchio added two goals in the win.

Chris Hellebuyck and Matt Stirling scored the Jets’ goals, while Dillon Kelley and Eric Trunick combined for 19 saves. Kelley suffered the loss after allowing five goals on 12 shots through 22:46. For Trunick, it was his season debut after re-joining the Jets over the holiday break.

Sunday afternoon, Hellebuyck and Steve Klisz scored and Kelley and Trunick combined for 18 saves in a 7-2 defeat.

Nick Randazzo scored twice and added an assist for Pittsburgh, while Sean Keating finished with 25 stops in goal.

This upcoming weekend, the Jets (19-13-0-1) travel to Cleveland for a two-game set with the East Division-leading Jr. Lumberjacks.

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