Jets take opening round of playoffs in two straight

By Staff

Morinville – A Sunday night road game to Edmonton was all it took for the Morinville Jets to advance to the Capital Junior Hockey League quarter-finals. The Jets defeated the Edmonton mustangs 3-1 to take the best-of-three series in two straight.

The Jets entered the series Friday night on home ice, defeating the Mustangs 6-4. That victory was repeated in smaller measure Sunday night with a 3-1 victory for the Morinville club.

Backstop Rob Carter was between the pipes for a full 60 minutes, allowing the Mustangs to get one past him late in the first period, but shutting off all opportunities for Edmonton’s offences to capitalize for the remaining 40 minutes.

First period game play saw scoring contributions from Nick Pratt and Dalen Paul, and Paul picked up his second and the Jets’ third early in the middle frame to bring the contest to 3-1.

The quarter-final series is a best-of-five series and will see the Jets face off against the North Edmonton Red Wings, a team that finished the regular season in second slot in the West Division.

Morinville squared off against the Red Wings four times during the regular season, defeating the North Edmonton club once and losing three times, one contest requiring a shootout to determine the victor.

Details on when the quarter-final series will commence were not available by deadline.

Other series

In other CJHL playoff series, the St. Albert Merchants were defeated two straight by the Spruce Grove Regals. The Fort Saskatchewan Pyramid Hawks defeated the Strathcona Bruins in two straight. The Wetaskiwin Icemen / Sherwood Park Knights series was tied at one game apiece. Results from the final game, played Monday night, were not available by deadline.

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