Thursday, October 09, 2008

Spirit prospect a calming influence for Jets

A calm, cool under pressure goalie can do wonders for a team and Colin Greeley appears to be that player for the Metro Jets.

And oh yeah, he’s also the youngest player on the team having just turned 16 last month.

Greeley earned his first win of the season Sept. 27 against Motor City in a fight-filled game at home. On one of his saves, the red light went on behind him, but the goal was disallowed.

“My family and friends were at that game, so it was special to get the win in front of them,” said Greeley, a Howell native. “On that disallowed goal, it was funny, because I looked over at the bench and ‘Skopes’ (Metro assistant coach Ryan Skop) was motioning to the ref that it’s only a goal if it goes over the line.”

Last year, Greeley played for the Victory Honda minor midget team and was then drafted in the fourth round of the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection by the Saginaw Spirit. He went to camp this year with Saginaw, had a good showing, and plans on playing in Saginaw next year. That said, Greeley knows he has options, including the Jets.

“I don’t think they’d want me back,” laughed Greeley. “The goal here is to move players on. Right now, I want to play for Saginaw, but I’m keeping all my options open. The USHL (Futures) draft is coming up (Oct. 14) and I’ll have to see what happens there.”

In the present, however, the Jets have a capable goaltender that has taken the No. 1 role and run with it. Metro has five of six points in their last three games and a great deal of the credit goes to Greeley.

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