Sunday, February 26, 2012

Jets sweep Pittsburgh, clinch third in East Division

WATERFORD, MI – The Metro Jets hosted the Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins this past weekend at Lakeland Arena and came away with a convincing two-game sweep.

Saturday night, Cameron Bazin and Mike MacKinnon each had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win, while Dillon Kelley finished with 18 saves.

Metro captain Tommy Kilgore, Cameron Mackey and Doug Andrews also scored.

Sunday afternoon, the Jets jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first period and settled for a 7-3 victory.

MacKinnon continued his torrid pace with two goals and two assists and Steve Klisz also had a four-point game with a goal and three helpers. Matt Stirling and Trevor Bardallis tallied a goal and two assists apiece, while Bazin and Chris Hellebuyck also scored.

Kilgore chipped in a pair of assists and Kelley made 17 saves as the Jets clinched third place in the NA3HL's East Division and will play second-place Cleveland in a first-round best-of-three playoff series that gets underway the weekend of March 16.

“I think it was a very good weekend, considering all the games we’ve been playing lately,” said Metro coach Jason Cirone. “I told the players that in the NHL it takes 16 wins to win the Stanley Cup and we’ve been starting our own run to 16 wins since right before the (NA3HL East Showcase Feb. 19-22 in Troy).”

MacKinnon and Klisz each have 67 points on the year and sit tied for second in NA3HL scoring, just four points behind Cleveland’s Cameron Dimmitt.

The Jets (28-15-1-1) travel to Flint Wednesday night. Metro is then idle next weekend before concluding the regular season March 10-11 at home with two games against Cleveland.

“We’ve exceeded all of our goals we set at the beginning of the season,” said Cirone. “I think you get greedy when you have a good team, but I think 30 wins is a reasonable goal and I see no reason why we can’t get to that number. The guys know we still have a lot to play for before the playoffs.”

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