The Metro Jets climbed out of a two-goal hole to beat the Toledo Cherokee, 6-5.
Metro let multiple leads slip away before eventually digging out of a two hole to pick up the win. The Jets took a 1-0 advantage on a goal by Alex Holm at 2:27 in the first period. Metro found itself down 5-3 after Toledo\’s Kyler Omey put the puck home at 16:18 in the second period. After evening things up at 5-5 on a goal by Devin Kelly at 11:45 in the third, the Jets got the game-winner from Jake Sealy at 16:37 in the third period.
Metro was led by Sealy, who finished with one goal and one assist.
The Jets could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 58 minutes in penalties during the game.
Metro also got points from Holm, who also tallied one goal and one assist and Kelly, who also racked up one goal and one assist. Metro also had goals scored by Cooper McLean, Tyler Layle, and Jason Newel, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Metro were Cody Jones, who had two and David Chavis, Chris Williams, Pearce Vance, Kyle Shreve, Zachary Koonce, and Matt Dempsey, who contributed one each.
The Cherokee forced Metro goalie Jake Stephan to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots. Toledo\’s defense let in more goals than it usually has this year. The Cherokee give up 2.4 goals per game. Toledo got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed three goals during the game.
The Cherokee were helped by Austin Turner, who had two goals. Turner scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 14:57 into the second period to make the score 3-3. Toledo had taken the advantage when the Jets\’ Koonce got sent off for roughing. Aaron Roschinsky picked up the assist. Turner\’s next tally on the power play made the score 4-3 Toledo with 4:49 left in the second period. Roschinsky assisted on the tally. Toledo additionally got points from Omey, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. David Bogart also scored for Toledo. More assists for Toledo came via Dominic Pisanti, who had two and Tyler Zalecki, Cam Schwartz, Brody Duncan, and Cody Estrel, who each chipped in one.
Jake Stephan made 31 saves for Metro on 36 shots. The Jets registered two goals on five power play opportunities. The Cherokee\’s Aaron Callan stopped 20 shots out of the 26 that he faced. Toledo incurred 18 minutes in penalty time with nine minors.