Metro had a three-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 6-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Metro was led by goalie Trevor Kalinowski, who finished with 26 saves while allowing one goal. Despite the solid performance, Kalinowski will actually see his goals against average rise, as it stood at 0.96 entering the contest.
Metro\’s penalty kill excelled, as Metro gave up zero goals despite allowing nine power plays.
Metro stifled Pittsburgh\’s power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Pittsburgh was unable to stop Metro from sending pucks towards the net, and Metro eventually piled up 52 shots on goal. Metro bested its season scoring average. This season, Metro averages 3.5 goals per contest. Metro was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 30 penalty minutes.
Metro was helped by Michael Tratar, who finished with one goal. Tratar scored 59 seconds into the second period to make the score 2-0 Metro. Matt Dempsey assisted on the tally. Metro additionally got points from Chas Distelrath, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Metro included Pearce Vance, Devin Kelly, Dylan Naumovski, and Graham Day, who each put in one. More assists for Metro came via Mark Vansaw, Jacob Drinkard, Mathias Tellstrom, Jacob Rutkoske, and Collin Gamrat, who each chipped in one and Marc Schwartz and Jason Newel, who contributed two each.
Metro registered two goals on five power play opportunities. Marcus Gloss rejected 46 shots on goal for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh incurred 10 minutes in penalty time with five minors.