Jets losing streak enters painful realm

Dalen Paul flips over a North Edmonton Red Wing en route to the Wings’ net. Despite 26 scoring opportunities, the Jets only managed to ripple the Wings’ mesh once during Wednesday night’s game. – Stephen Dafoe Photo

By Stephen Dafoe

Edmonton – Wednesday night’s 12-1 loss to the North Edmonton Red Wings gave the Morinville Jets their most humiliating defeat this season and extended their losing streak to five consecutive losses.

Ten games into the Capital Junior Hockey League season, the Jets stand with a 3-6-1 record and seven points in the standings. The club’s last win was at the beginning of Oct. 1, a contest that saw the Jets charge up from a five-goal deficit to defeat the St. Albert Merchants 6-5.

Golie Rob carter lets one by him. Neither Carter or fellow goaltender Foster Cote had a particularly good night between the pipes Wednesday night.
Wednesday night’s road game was the Jets’ second pairing with the Red Wings. The club’s first battle took place Oct. 3 on home ice and ended in a 6-5 decision for the Wings.

However, the rematch in the Wings’ barn was far from a close loss. The Jets ended the first period 3-0, and although they scored six minutes into the second period, the Red wings accumulated another six of their own to end the middle frame 9-1 in their favour. Third period game play saw the Wings add another three to their tally to give them a 12-1 victory over the Jets.

Despite 26 shots on net, the Jets just could not get the rubber past the Red Wings’ backstop. Even a two-man advantage in the last minute of the game failed to give the club what it needed to pocket a second.

The Jets next two games pit them against the top two teams in the CJHL West Division.
The Junior B club is on the road Friday to Spruce Grove to take on the 6-2-2 Spruce Grove Regals at 7:30 p.m. and return home Sunday to face off against the 7-2-1 Beverly Warriors. Game time is 2 p.m. at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre.

Aaron Baumgartner launches a shot at the Wings' net. Like so many others it failed to get past the pads.
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