Friday, October 17, 2008

Wiechec more than points for Jets

Take a look at the scoring leaders for the Metro Jets and you have to scroll down a tad to find Steve Wiechec's name.

Granted, the 18-year-old second-year Troy native only has two goals and three points in nine games, but his game is more than getting on the scoresheet.

"Steve will probably never be a big-time scorer," Metro GM Butch Wolfe said. "But he plays the game right and does all the little things. He blocks shots, finishes his checks, things like that. Every team should have a Steve Wiechec on their team."

Wiechec (pronounced WEE-check) scored his first goal on Sept. 14 against Cleveland and then made his second count as it proved to be the game-winner on Sept. 27 against Motor City in the Jets' first win of the season. His 33 penalty minutes are also among the top 15 in the Central States Hockey League.

"He's a quiet kid off the ice," Wolfe added. "But when we need a big play or someone to just make something happen to try and turn the tide of a game, Wiechec will be out there."

Case in point. In the 2007 Midget A state championship game, Wiechec scored the first goal of the game (the eventual game-winner) as the Troy Sting beat the Canton Crush, 5-0.

He was then drafted by the Jets that May and put up 10 points in 45 games last season.

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