West Michigan fell behind early, and Metro kept piling on the points on the way to an 11-1 victory.
Kevin Shand had two goals and three assists to lead Metro. Shand scored the first of his two goals at 2:14 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Metro. Michael Tratar picked up the assist. Shand\’s next tally made the score 9-1 Metro with 2:08 left in the second period. Tratar assisted on the tally.
West Michigan was stymied by Metro\’s netminder Kameron Limburg, who stopped 32 shots during the victory. Limburg managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 2.66 prior to the game.
Metro forced West Michigan\’s goalies to work hard to keep the puck out of the net, ripping 53 shots and forcing 42 saves. Samuel Woznicki made 31 stops and Corbin Moore made 11. Metro surpassed its usual scoring output this season. Metro averages 5.1 goals per game.
Metro also got points from David Chavis, who also finished with one goal and one assist, Tratar, who also had one goal and four assists, Mathias Tellstrom, who also registered three goals and three assists to lead the team in points, Chase Sereno, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Chas Distelrath, who also tallied one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Metro included Cam Schwartz and Devin Kelly, who each put in one. In addition, Metro received assists from Marc Schwartz, Pearce Vance, Jason Newel, Jacob Rutkoske, and Graham Day, who each chipped in one and Jacob Drinkard and Dylan Naumovski, who contributed two each.
West Michigan was held below its usual level of production. West Michigan puts an average of 3.6 pucks into the net per game. Metro was unable to stop West Michigan from sending pucks towards the net, and West Michigan eventually piled up 33 shots on goal. West Michigan could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 32 minutes in penalties during the game.
Metro incurred 32 minutes in penalty time with six minors. West Michigan registered one goal on four power play opportunities.