Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Team leaders hope to lead Jets' turnaround

No one is making excuses for the horrid season the Metro Jets are having, but several players are taking steps to hopefully turn things around as early as this weekend.

“I think we could have a good second half if we all buy into the systems and stop having so many mental lapses,” third-year defenseman and assistant captain Brett Grech (Hartland) said. “We just have to make simple and easy plays. As one of the older guys, we all try to lead on the ice during games and everyday at practice.”

Second-year forward Steve Wiechec (Troy) has optimism that the Jets (3-15-0-1) can get untracked, but it won’t be easy.

“The only way we are going to do this is to show more heart and working harder on and off the ice,” Wiechec said. “Some of the steps we have taken so far are leading by example during practice. If the guys see you working your bag off during practices and games, then they are going to want to do the same thing.

“Part of our problem is that we have young, immature guys that don’t have the work ethic yet. We just have to keep pushing them.”

Scoring goals and preventing goals have been the two glaring problems this year and a third, goaltending, is only a matter of time before that rights itself.

“We’ve been rotating our three goalies and we’re still waiting for one to go on a run and steal us a game,” Metro head coach Jamie Hayden said. “Or at least keep us in a game.”

As hard as it is to forget the first 19 games of the season, moving forward seems to be the only choice for Metro and Saturday night can’t come soon enough.

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