Pittsburgh, coming off an overtime victory versus Metro in game one had to travel to Fraser, Michigan on Saturday looking for a road win to take the series. The teams played to a scoreless first period with the shots being 13 to 12 in favor of the Metro Jets. Pittsburgh would open the scoring early in the second period on a Austin Martz goal with assists going to Cam Williams and Ben Oslick. The Jets would strike back to tie it at 1-1 midway thru the second period before Cam Williams would score late in the period to make it 2-1 Pittsburgh after two periods of play. Nick Lyon and Martz would add assists on the Williams goal. The Jets would tie it up on a power play and the teams would remain tied at 2-2 after regulation play. This would set up the second overtime game of the series after Pittsburgh took game one in sudden death. The Jets would bang home a rebound to win the game 3-2 in overtime and even the series at a game a piece. Joel De Simone would stop 49 out of 52 shots in net for Pittsburgh in the defeat.
“De Simone was great again and we just couldn’t get that goal to put them away,” said Coach Dorsey.
Pittsburgh played Sunday afternoon in game three with the East Division title on the line and trip to Chicago for the Silver Cup. The Jets scored the only goal in the first period late to take a 1-0 lead after one period of play. Cam Williams tied it at 1-1 on the power play with assists going to James Unger and Austin Martz. The score remained tied at 1-1 after two periods setting up for a dramatic third period with both teams’ seasons on the line. Brian Dee tallied an unassisted goal early in the third to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead with less the fifteen minutes on the clock. The Jets evened the game midway thru the third period at 2-2 and the score remained tied after regulation setting up a third consecutive overtime game. The Jets connected to score on a pretty passing play midway through overtime to take home the East Division Championship for the third year in a row. Joel De Simone stopped 47 out of 50 to take the hard luck loss in goal for Pittsburgh, finishing the weekend with 147 saves on 156 shots for a .942 save percentage.
“We got world class goaltending and unbelievable team effort and it still wasn’t enough,” said Coach Dorsey. ‘That’s a very good hockey team and nobody in our room should be ashamed of how we performed.”
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