by Stephen Dafoe
The Morinville Jets pulled off a 4-2 victory over their rivals, the St. Albert Merchants, Friday night on the road. The win brought the Jets to a 12-5-1 record this season and placed them in third seat in the Capital Junior Hockey League’s West Division standings, one point ahead of the Stony Plain Flyers and one point behind the St. Albert Merchants.
Friday night’s game was not the liveliest in terms of scoring in the first period. Both sides remained scoreless at the end of the frame, but started to capitalize on their chances during the second 20 of gameplay.
Though the Merchants opened midway through the period, Boe Geslinger picked up the Jets first at 7:26, assisted by Tyler Proulx and Travis Geislinger, to make the game 1-1. Brandon Dubuc, off an assist from Tyler Hagel and team captain Jorden Rooke, made it 2-1 with nine seconds left on the clock.
Like the first period before it, the final frame saw no mesh rippled despite a number of opportunities. With a 2-1 lead hovering over St. Albert for most of the period, the Jets widened the gap with 4:28 left in the game when Brett Kampjes picked up an unassisted goal on the powerplay. Of the 13 powerplays the Jets had during the game, this was the only one that resulted in a goal, a goal that was answered for the Merchants by Zach Gonek, closing the gap to a one-goal margin with 1:13 left on the clock.
That margin came close to evaporating when team Captain Jordan Rooke, trying to take the puck away from the Jets’ net, fumbled it off the base. Fortunately, Rooke got the puck out of there and out of the Jets’ zone where it made its way from Brett Kampjes to Brandon Dubuc, and on to Boe Geslinger who sunk it into the back of an empty St. Albert Merchant’s net.
The club take on the Stony Plain Flyers Saturday, Nov. 29 at home at 6 p.m., before taking to the road Dec. 5 to face the North Edmonton Red Wings once again.
The Jets played the Edmonton Mustangs Sunday night on the road and took the game 5-3.