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Jets, MJDP go on offensive, post 3-0 weekend mark, including two road wins

By Matt Mackinder, 01/20/20, 7:45AM EST


FRASER, Mich. – The Metro Jets and MJDP combined to go 3-0 on the weekend, with two wins coming on the road.

Friday afternoon, the MJDP downed the Motor City Hockey Club 10-0 at Jack Adams Arena in Detroit and then the Jets beat the Lansing Wolves 4-3 that night at Fraser Hockeyland.

Mitch Forton tallied two goals and two assists, Mitchell Hoon scored twice, and Nick McDougall compiled four assists in the MJDP victory.

“It was nice to see guys get rewarded on the scoresheet for their hard work and pressure,” said Jets associate head coach Jamie Lovell. “We continued our dominance from last weekend’s game into this afternoon and finally put some pucks in the net. Credit to Ethan Ryan (pictured) for making some big saves to preserve his shutout despite going long stretches without seeing a lot of action. 

“Great effort from every guy throughout the lineup.”

Nick Beeman, Cole Phillips and Brayden Tayles added a goal and an assist each, while Dylan Tegtmeyer, Derek Dreher and Garrett Benoit added single goals.

Logan Davis and Blake Sheridan posted two assists apiece.

For the Jets, Conner Graham’s goal at 16:48 of the third period snapped a 4-4 tie and the Jets held on for the win.

“Trying put things into perspective and never be too upset when you come out with the win, which is ultimately the result you want,” said Lovell. “Just not really pleased with the process it took. We still carried the play, for the most part, but took too many penalties, dumb untimely penalties, and let Lansing back into the game. And that kept them in the game.

“When you’re having trouble scoring goals, you can’t give up power-play opportunities and make defensive mistakes the way we did tonight, but we scored some good ‘hockey goals’ and found a way to win in the end. We know we need to be better.”

Matt Cruz, Josh German, captain Brodie Thornton and Nolan Turi also scored, while Zak Rais and Jesper Svadang posted two assists apiece.

Graham also had an assist for a two-point game.

In goal, Machus Turner made 22 saves and also stopped a penalty shot attempt by John LaBombard at 19:40 of the second period.

Sunday, the Jets’ offense exploded as Nick Ceccarini’s six-point game (five goals, assist) lifted Metro to a 12-3 win over the Columbus Mavericks at the NTPRD Chiller in Springfield, Ohio.

Anthony Cinato collected a goal and four assists, Justin Renzi added a goal and three assists, Cruz two goals and Matt Bleim and Trevor Granzow added a goal and an assist each.

Connor Fredricks-Stebbins scored his first junior goal and Turi also scored. Thornton tacked on three assists and Rais and Graham chipped in with two assists apiece.

Will Augustine turned aside 31 shots in goal.

Next weekend, the MJDP is on the road to play the Decatur Blaze Friday night at 6 p.m. Eastern and Saturday night at 8:30 p.m., while the Jets host Lansing at home at 3:30 p.m. next Sunday.

All games will be streamed on with live updates on the USPHL app.