Friday, November 07, 2008

Justice is served with gritty Jets forward

The points may not show it, but Jared Justice is a valuable component of the Metro Jets.

“Justice is a good kid and a hard worker,” Metro assistant coach Ryan Skop said. “He’s not very big, but he plays bigger than his size (5-foot-8, 145 pounds). You’re not going to find him at the top of the scoring list, but Jared does a lot of the little things to be effective.”

Justice, a Clarkston native who turns 17 in December, has three goals and five points this season and most recently has been on a line with Steve Wiechec (Troy) and Mark Malcolm (Casco Township). His offensive numbers, according to Skop, are a bonus considering where the team had Justice penciled in at the beginning of the season.

“He’s really taken to, and accepted, his role as an agitator on this team,” said Skop. “He does a really good job getting under the opposition’s skin. We didn’t give him much of a chance coming out of camp, but with roster spots opening up, he’s definitely made the most of the opportunities given to him.”

Still, Skop said there is work ahead for Justice, but if his season progresses like it has to this point, there is a very distinct possibility of seeing Justice in a different uniform come next season.

“Jared needs to continue to work hard,” Skop noted. “If he does that and keeps improving his overall game, he has the potential to advance to the next level.”

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