Saturday, September 14, 2013

MacKay's late, clutch goal pushes Jets past Swords

WATERFORD, Mich. - Zack MacKay's goal with 28 sconds left in the third period capped a furious final few minutes and the Metro Jets held on to defeat the Cincinnati Swords 4-3 Saturday night at Lakeland Arena in the Jets' home opener.

Alex Holm had made it 3-2 in favor of the Jets at 16:05 of the third period before Cincinnati's Nikita Korotkov tied the game at the 18-minute mark.

That set the stage for MacKay, playing with a heavy heart after his father passed away Wednesday.

"Our guys never quit and they work extremely hard - every one of them," said Jets' coach Jason Cirone. "Our four 'D' were outstanding and Kam (Limburg) made some great saves for us. Did I think this was a team that would be 3-0 at this point? Yeah, I did. I think we can be 48-0. Your goal is always to win as many hockey games as you can and right now, the kids are believing in themselves."

Brad Hepler and Cody Jones also scored for the Jets and Limburg stopped 28 shots in goal.

Thomas Clayton scored the other two goals for the Swords and goaltender Alec Rounds finished with 22 saves.

The two teams rematch Sunday with an 11:50 a.m. puck drop.

"I expect Cincinnati will come out harder tomorrow and we'll have to be ready," said Cirone.

Trevor Kalinowski gets the nod in net Sunday for the Jets.

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