Saturday, September 15, 2012

Jets top Battle Creek 10-4 in season-opener Saturday night

WATERFORD, MI – The Metro Jets opened their 2012-13 North American 3 Hockey League season with a 10-4 win over the Battle Creek Jr. Revolution Saturday night at Lakeland Arena.

Doug Andrews (two goals, two assists), Ryan Chapie (two goals, two assists) and Mike Gambino (goal, three assists) each had four-point games to back Trevor Kalinowski’s 23 saves in goal.

Metro took an 8-0 lead into the third period before allowing four goals to Battle Creek, making head coach Jason Cirone none too happy.

“Defensively, we were (expletive) terrible,” said Cirone. “We’re absolutely dog (expletive) defensively. There is no commitment to it and our ‘D’ were too slow with the puck tonight. Give Battle Creek credit. They continued to play in the third and they beat us. They won the third period.”

Cirone was pleased with Kalinowski’s effort, though.

“I thought the kid played well,” said Cirone. “Two goals go in off an arm or an ass or whatever it is, but I thought he played well.”

Metro captain Matt Stirling had a goal and two assists, while Kyle Shreve (goal, assist), Jeff Monfils (goal, assist) and Tim Foley (two assists) had multi-point games.

Travis Hargett and Ian Springfield also scored for the Jets.

The offensive outburst notwithstanding, Cirone had but one message to his team after Saturday night’s game.

“They better (expletive) play better tomorrow or there will be a lot of changes on Monday,” Cirone said. “Plain and simple. I’m not putting up with this bull (expletive) all year.”

Game time Sunday is 2:50 p.m.

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