Saturday, September 21, 2013

Metro downed Saturday night by Flint for first regulation loss

WATERFORD, Mich. - The Metro Jets trailed 2-0 early Saturday night to the Flint Jr. Generals and never quite got untracked, falling 6-2 at Lakeland Arena for their first regulation loss of the young 2013-14 season.

"No positives (tonight)," said Metro coach Jason Cirone. "We got beat all over the ice and (Flint) took it to us. They were the better team tonight, plain and simple."

Jets' captain Josh Beleski and newcomer Nick Schultz scored in the loss, while Davide Mantovani finished with 23 saves between the pipes.

The two teams rematch Sunday at Iceland Arenas in Flint. Puck drop is slated for 2:30 p.m.

 "Well, we shouldn't be tired because we didn't skate tonight, so the recovery should be real easy," said Cirone. "I feel like it was a wasted week of practice. Everything we worked on this week in practice we didn't even attempt to do in the game. We should be well-rested and hopefully tomorrow, we can execute."

Nick Gnagni scored three goals with an assist, Conor Durgan added a pair of goals and goaltender Nathan Klebe needed to make just 11 saves for the win.

After Sunday's contest, the Jets (3-1-1) host the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks for a pair next weekend at Lakeland Arena.

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