Jets earn four points over weekend

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – After earning just two points in three outings the previous week, the Jets managed two for two over the weekend for another four points and a 10-4-0 record so far this season. The Jets started the weekend with a 7-4 victory over the Beverly Warriors and capped it with a 5-4 shoot out victory Sunday night over the visiting Edmonton Royals.

Friday night’s road game began with a modest 2-1 lead to end the opening frame. The margin was widened in the middle frame with three goals from the Jets, two of those on the power play. The club headed into the final period with a 5-2 lead. The deal was sealed in the third with another two from the Jets, one on the power play and the final into an empty Warriors’ net.

Sunday night’s home game was a different story, largely due to the Jets picking up another pair of injuries Friday night, a situation that further reduced the number of players on the Jets’ bench.

Neither the Jets or the Royals were able to ripple the other side’s mesh during the first 20 minutes of game play despite roughly a dozen scoring chances apiece. The second period was a different outcome. The Royals picked up four goals to the Jets single contribution. One of the Royals goals was a slow sliding puck that got by defence and right through the five hole of Jets backstop Brad Miller who had dropped a little too slowly to stop the puck. A strong effort to reverse their fortunes in the final frame gave the club an extra shot to secure the win. The Jets picked up their second 53 seconds into the period on the power play and brought the game to within one of a tie by 12:27. Pulling their goalie in the closing seconds gave them the extra strength and the extra goal they needed to push the contest into overtime.

With five minutes of overtime unable to resolve the dispute, the contest was ultimately won by the Jets in a shootout that went to seven shooters.

The Jets play two games this week: a road game to Beaumont Friday night to face the Chiefs and a Remembrance Day home game Sunday night at 6:45 p.m.

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