Jeffers starts season with 4-2 win over Cheboygan

HOUGHTON — In their first full season under head coach Patrick Nettell, the Jeffers Jets hockey team received its first challenge Friday night. They took the words from Nettell’s pregame speech to heart and got the job done, defeating the Cheboygan Chiefs, 4-2, at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

“I told the boys, ‘Right here is where we change who we are and what we do,'” said Nettell. “They went out and did it.

“It was a great team effort. We came out flying and we didn’t stop.”

Jake Marcotte led the way for the Jets, striking twice. The first came shorthanded just 3:15 into the contest. His second goal bookended the Jets’ scoring with just 2:41 remaining in regulation.

Matthew Halonen and Brady Therrian also found the net for the Jets. Halonen’s goal came in the first period while Therrian’s came in the second.

Noah Nettell was solid between the pipes in his first start as a No. 1 goaltender, making 20 saves and impressing his dad and the rest of the Jets coaching staff.

“[It was] solid goaltending from Noah,” said Nettell. “He really surprised us.”

Both of the Chiefs goals came on the power play.

The Jets are back in action today in Hayward, Wis.