KANSAS CITY, Mo. | For the third straight year, the Sioux City Metros have qualified for the Midwest High School Hockey League’s Year-End Varsity Tournament.
Coach Dave LeGree’s Metros, which split a pair of games during the weekend at the home ice of the Kansas City Jets, are seeded fourth and will take a 19-7-2 record into Friday’s noon game at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena against the fifth-seeded Des Moines Oak Leafs (17-8-3).
Sioux City heads into the post-season tournament having won four of its final five games. The Metros were 2-1 winners over the Jets on Saturday, then fell 3-1 on Sunday.
James Page’s game-winning goal with 5:48 left in the third period highlighted Saturday’s victory. Page had also assisted on Alec Nieman’s first-period goal.
Page finished the regular season with 15 multiple-point games. He also ended as the MHSHL’s fifth-leading scorer with 54 points (27 goals, 27 assists).
Drake Beller had two assists as the Metros posted a 26-22 shots on goal advantage. Goaltender Blake Beller had 21 saves.
Sunday, Drake Beller’s goal at the 11:24 mark of the second period forced a 1-1 tie. Sixty-two seconds later, Nick Spolec snapped the tie to highlight the Jets’ two-goal second period.
Sioux City lost, despite a 34-22 shots advantage. Goaltender Carter Manthorne had 19 saves.
The Metros’ junior varsity squad also split the weekend series, but was unable to qualify for the Year-End Tournament.
Saturday, Taylor Frerichs’ shootout goal gave the JV Metros a 2-1 victory. Frerichs had also assisted on Reece Mcdonald’s first-period goal. Manthorne had 18 saves, not including the three stops he made in the shootout.
Jacob Hansen provided a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Kansas City. Mcdonald and Dayson Tucker also scored goals for the JV Metros while goaltender Will Stokes had 38 saves.