By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – The Jets picked up their fifth consecutive win Sunday night after defeating the Wetaskiwin Icemen 7-2. The home-ice win was the Morinville Jets sixth victory in seven outings this season.
Sunday night’s home game, the club’s only game of the week, got off to a lacklustre start in the first period with the Jets scoring only one goal in 19 chances and giving up a goal on a shorthanded break-away in the closing minutes of the frame. A two-minute penalty in the closing seconds left the Jets a man short at the start of the middle frame.
The momentum was greatly improved on in the second. After back and forth two- man advantages the Jets went on to score four goals, all of them power-play efforts. Wetaskiwin managed only one goal for their seven chances.
With a 5-2 lead heading into the final period, the Jets took another nine chances before scoring their sixth goal with 5:36 left in the game. Wetaskiwin picked up a pair of penalties in the final four minutes to give the Jets a five-on-three power-play opportunity, one the club failed to capitalize on. The Jets did pick up another with a minute left. Wetaskiwin was completely shut down in the third, despite taking eight scoring opportunities.
Two weeks until next home game
This has not been the season for Jets fans to see their team on home ice. Problems with the ice equipment at the arena sent the Jets looking for accommodations outside of Morinville for their first home game. After two Sunday home-ice contests, one of those on Thanksgiving, the Jets now take to the road for their next four games. The club returns to Morinville Oct. 28 to take on the Strathcona Bruins.
This week the Jets play the Edmonton Mustangs Wednesday night and head to Sherwood Park Friday evening to face the Knights for the first time this season.