By MorinvilleNews.com Staff
Morinville – The Jets Sunday road trip to face the Strathcona Bruins was not the outcome the club was hoping for, nor was it the outcome needed as the road to playoffs winds down. The Jets were defeated 8-4 by the Bruins, a team currently sitting in fifth place in the CJHL’s East Division at 29 points and a .426 win record this season.
This was a game the Jets should have one, particularly this late int he season. They led the Bruins 2-1 at the end of the opening frame, but allowed the Bruins to advance from a 3-1 deficit to end the second tied 4-4. The Jets took some penalties in the final frame, allowing the Bruins to pick up their next two goals on the power play. It was a 6-4 deficit the Jets were unable to come out from under, and they allowed another two to hit the net during the remaining 11 minutes of the game to hand the Bruins an 8-4 victory.
The Jets are running out of games this season, and while they have maintained a much-talked-about and much-to-be-respected first place in the CJHL’s West Division for much of the season, their standing is currently second place in the division. With the Beverly Warriors but one point behind the Jets for a very close third place position, the Morinville club will need to work every angle over the next few games to maintain their position in the standings if they want to hold onto the playoff bye first or second slot guarantees them.
Two games confront the Jets this week – Friday night’s road trip to the Fort to take on the Pyramid Hawks, and Sunday night’s home-ice contest against the North Edmonton Red Wings. these are two clubs who although playing well below .500 hockey this season will nonetheless be looking to add two points to their tallies. The club’s remaining two games of the regular season take place Feb. 8 and Feb. 12 when the Jets will face off against the Edmonton Mustangs and Beverly Warriors, respectively.
Game time for this Sunday’s game is 6:45 p.m. at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre.