by Stephen Dafoe
Edmonton – After a win and a loss over the Family Day weekend, the Morinville Jets took to the road Wednesday night for the third and deciding game in a best-of-three round one playoff series with the Beverly Warriors. Despite coming from behind as they had in the previous two outings the Jets just could not push the contest to overtime and fell to the Warriors 3-2.
The first period of Wednesday night’s game at Edmonton’s Londonderry Arena was largely one the Jets controlled. With Brad Miller in net the club managed to keep the Warriors scoreless throughout the period, an effort matched by the Warriors backstop at the other end of the rink.
Beverly lit the lamp thirty seconds into the middle frame and kept the pressure on for most of the period. Miller managed to keep the Warriors off the board, including an impressive glove save with two minutes left in the period. But Beverly would go on to pick up their second goal on the power play with 30 seconds left on the clock.
Beverly’s goal was answered by Jet veteran Nick Pratt two minutes and change into the final period to bring the Jets one shy of a tie early in the frame. In an effort to press the game into overtime as they had on home ice Sunday night, the Jets pulled Miller but soon found a puck in the empty net with only 49 seconds left in the game. Twenty-five seconds later Justin Proulx pocket one for the Jets to once again bring them within a goal of a tie. But time and opportunities left the Jets with a one-goal deficit and an end to playoffs for the club.