Jets fall to Flyers in shootout

Morinville Jet Ryan Hauptman goes into the corner with Flyer Kevin Huffman Sunday night. The Jets lost 3-2 in a shootout, giving the Flyers their first victory of the season. - Stephen Dafoe Photos

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The Morinville Jets gave the Stony Plain Flyers their first victory of the season Sunday night. After pummelling the Edmonton Royals 11-2 midweek, the Jets were unable to repeat the magic against a team who had until Sunday night only succeeded in obtaining one point in 18 outings this season. The jets were defeated 3-2 in a shootout that went to the fourth shooter.

The Jets ended the opening frame Sunday night trailing the Flyers 1-0. Although the Jets brought the contest to a tie early in the second period, the goal was answered by the Flyers to leave the Jets trailing 2-1. The Jets brought the contest to a 2-2 tie with three minutes left in the middle frame. It was there the two clubs would remain deadlocked through the third period and five minutes of overtime. The shootout extended to four shooters. Morinville failing to answer Tyler Herd’s goal on backstop Brad Miller.

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Sunday night’s contest saw the Jets outshooting the Flyers 41-24 during regulation play and 48-25 by the end of overtime. For all their offensive might, the club just couldn’t ripple Stony Plain’s mesh.

The Jets enter the second half of the season with a road trip Wednesday to take on the Beverly Warriors once again. The Jets have faced the club twice this season and are one and one with the Warriors. Sunday night’s home again against the Spruce Grove Regals will be the third outing against Spruce Grove this season. The closest the club has come to besting the Regals was an OT loss Sept. 23. The Regals are currently 11-6-1 this season and sitting in third spot in the West Division. Game time for the Nov. 27 game is 6:45 p.m. at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre.

Dalen Paul goes around Huffman during the second period. Paul is leading the league this season with 25 goals and 33 points.
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