By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – With three losses in four outings and their only victory decided in a shootout, the Morinville Jets have had a tough go in the first half of December. Wednesday night’s 4-2 loss to the North Edmonton Red Wings was the clubs second defeat at the Red Wings’ hands in as many outings.
Although the Jets maintain a three-point lead to hold the top spot in the Capital Junior Hockey League’s West Division, recent losses against other club’s gains has resulted in the Jets dropping to fifth place in the league overall, two points and one point behind the Beaumont Chiefs and Wetaskiwin Icemen, respectively.
With only eleven regular season games left when the Jets return to the ice in the new year, the club will have to start winning some games if they are to be strongly positioned heading into playoffs.
The Jets have two games left before the Christmas break. Friday night’s home game against the Strathcona Bruins (9-13-1) and Sunday’s road game against the St. Albert Merchants (12-9-4). Game time for Friday night’s home-ice contest is 8:30 p.m. at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre.