Morinville Jets streak ends … and starts

by Morinville News Staff

It was a rough weekend for the Morinville Junior B Jets over the weekend. A loss Friday night ended the club’s winning streak at five games, and the flu made its rounds through the roster making for a tough haul Sunday night.

Though the Jets suffered an 8-3 loss to the North Edmonton Red Wings on the road Friday night, a less-than-chipper club pulled out a 1-0 win over the visiting Beverly Warriors Sunday night. The Jets earned their goal in the opening frame and kept the Warriors off the board for the remaining two.

Friday night’s road loss was the Jets’ second loss to the Red Wings in three outings this season, both of those by a good margin. After defeating the Wings 5-3 early in the season, the Jets fell 6-2 at home in November and 8-3 Friday night on the road.

Trailing the Wings 2-0 at the end of the first period, the Jets managed to pocket one with five minutes left in the middle frame. That goal was answered a minute later to end the period 3-1. The Wings piled on another two goals in the first five minutes of the final period before the Jets picked up their second a couple minutes later. The Wings picked up their sixth on the power play with 10:31 left in the game. The remaining seven minutes saw the Red Wings score twice, the Jets once, to give the Wings an 8-3 victory.

The Jets have a pair of games this week. The club takes on the St. Albert Merchants Friday night at 8 p.m. in St. Albert and takes on the Strathcona Bruins Sunday night at 6:45 p.m. at home.

The Jets end 2014 with another pair of games the following week – a Dec. 19 road game to take on the Spruce Grove Regals and a Dec.home game against the Sherwood Park Knights.

The New Year will see the Jets work their way towards CJHL playoffs with another dozen games, contests equally split between road and home games.

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