By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – Family Day fireworks were a fitting prelude to Monday night’s CJHL round one playoff game between the Morinville Jets and the visiting North Edmonton Red Wings. With a 5-3 defeat in their own barn Friday night, everything was on the line for the Red Wings in game two of the best-of-three series. A win for the Jets would end the series and advance them to the next round while the Red Wings season would come to an end. In the end the Jets fell 4-3, pushing the series to a final game Wednesday night in Edmonton.
The Jets took it hard in the first, ending the opening frame trailing the Red Wings 3-1 and dragging along 4:36 of a five-minute penalty.
The Red Wings picked up their fourth on that power play advantage to advance to a 4-1 lead early on the middle frame. But the Jets battled back and brought it to within one of a tie to finish the second trailing 4-3. That’s where the board froze for both clubs. Try as they might, the Jets just could not push the contest into overtime.
GAME ONE VICTORY
Friday night the Jets built steadily from a first period 1-1 tie to lead the Red Wings 4-3 at the end of the middle frame. The additional third-period goal was icing on the victory cake for the Jets.
The Jets will take to the ice next for game three of the round one series Wednesday night at Londonderry Arena. if they win that contest, they will take on the Spruce Grove Regals who ended the regular season in first place in the West Division.