By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – After losing to the North Edmonton Red Wings in a five-round shootout Nov. 26, the Morinville Jets came back strong with back-to-back road victories Tuesday and Wednesday night.
The Jets started their week with a 7-4 win over the 11-10-0 St. Albert Merchants Tuesday evening and followed it up with a 4-2 victory over the 13-7-2 Red Wings Wednesday night, giving the Wings a stronger defeat in their barn than the Wings had given the Jets in theirs.
Tuesday night was the Jets’ third win over the Merchants in as many outings. The Jets ended the opening frame trailing the Merchants 1-0, but they unleashed a flurry of five goals in the middle frame that St. Albert answered with but one goal late in the period. The Jets built on their second period 5-2 lead to add another two goals in the final frame, goals that were equally matched by the Merchants to end the contest 7-4.
Period breakdowns for Wednesday night’s road game were not available by MorinvilleNews.com deadline.
The back-to-back wins bring the Jets’ record to 10-9-3 and elevate them above the .500 hockey they’ve been hovering around this season. The four points earned so far this week position the Jets in the middle of the CJHL’s west division with three teams ahead and three teams behind their tally of 23 points. The Jets currently lead the Merchants by one point and the Edmonton Mustangs by two points; however, both teams are one game behind the Jets in their 38-game season.
The Jets next game is a home-ice contest against the 8-12-1 Leduc Schwab Riggers this Sunday. Game time is 2 p.m. at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre.