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Metro Jets Make History With Win Streak

02/03/2017, 10:45am MST
By Tom Robinson - Special to USA Hockey

Perfect start sets a North American 3 Hockey League record

Hayden Winch had a goal and two assists as the Metro Jets set a USA Hockey Tier III record for consecutive wins by improving to 35-0-0 this season in the North American 3 Hockey League with Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Vengeance.

“It’s definitely special,” Jets coach/general manager Justin Quenneville said, according to a story on the league website. “For anyone who’s donned a Jets jersey and been a part of this organization, it obviously speaks volumes.

“Everyone who’s been involved in this, it’s been fun, and these players, their names are etched in history.”

Griffin Sawyer had three assists. Jason Newel, Chas Distelrath, Jason Recchia and Robby Flannery also scored goals.

Jake Gwillim made 17 saves before Brian Tallieu made two more while playing the game’s final 38 seconds.

NA3HL CLINCHINGS: The Metro Jets have won the East Division title, making them the only NA3HL team to clinch a division so far this season.

The North Iowa Bulls, La Crosse Freeze and Wisconsin Whalers in the Central Division, the Yellowstone Quake, Great Falls Americans, Gillette Wild, Missoula Junior Bruins and Bozeman Icedogs in the Frontier Division, St. Louis Junior Blues in the Midwest Division, Binghamton Junior Senators in the Northeast Division, and the Atlanta Capitals and Texas Junior Brahmas in the South Division have all also clinched playoff berths.

RMJHL TURNAROUND: The Colorado Thunderbirds had just four wins in 24 games coming into the weekend before breaking a six-game losing streak with a three-game sweep over the Colorado Rampage.

The Thunderbirds overcame a 49-save effort by Jeremy Hemerquist to win the series opener, 4-3, in a shootout. Joe Losasso had two goals during regulation.

Gage Overby made 68 saves for a 4-0 win in the second game, which featured 133 shots on goal.

Anthony Flores scored 29 seconds into overtime to complete the sweep in Sunday’s 5-4 victory.

EHL ROUNDUP: Glenn Wiswell had at least two points in all three games to help the East Coast Wizards go 2-1 in the Eastern Hockey League Premier Division.

Wiswell had a total of eight points, with a pair of two-goal games and three assists in the other game.

Mac Vail of the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers won three games in as many days, allowing a total of five goals while making 70 saves. Vail is 6-1-2 since coming to Philadelphia from the Connecticut Oilers.

The Valley Junior Warriors won three straight games to extend their streak to six. During the streak, they have taken over the Boston Division lead and stopped two longer streaks. The Junior Warriors ended a 33-game point streak by the Philadelphia Little Flyers and an 11-game winning streak by the Boston Junior Rangers. 

Jackson Nee of the Hartford Junior Wolfpack had four goals and two assists in Friday’s 7-2 win over the Northern Cyclones in the EHL Elite-19 Division.

COLLEGE COMMITMENTS: Des Moines Buccaneers forward Reed Lebster has committed to play at Michigan State.

Lebster is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, about 70 miles from the East Lansing campus. The 17-year-old has four goals and eight assists in 34 games in his first United States Hockey League season.

Kevin Fitzgerald, who shares the scoring lead with the North American Hockey League’s Aberdeen Wings, has committed to St. Cloud State.   

The 20-year-old from Hinsdale, Illinois, has 18 goals and 17 assists in 39 games.

Brian Kelly, the top scoring defenseman on the Connecticut Junior Rangers of the United States Premier Hockey League Premier Division, has committed to the University of Vermont.

Kelly is a 19-year-old from Purchase, New York.

ONE-TIMERS: Waterloo defenseman Jack Ryczek had five assists and went plus-5 to help the Black Hawks win three straight USHL games. … The Lone Star Brahmas allowed just 13 shots Sunday while extending their North American Hockey League winning streak to 12 games by defeating the Topeka RoadRunners, 3-1. … With the Northeast Generals struggling, the East Division’s Aston Rebels, Johnstown Tomahawks and New Jersey Titans are the first three NAHL teams to clinch playoff berths. … Jacob Hough picked up his first win for the NA3HL’s Wisconsin Whalers with a 36-save shutout.

Story from Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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