by Stephen Dafoe
It was a three-point week for the Morinville Jets. A 3-2 mid-week OT loss gave the Jets their first point of the week. Friday night’s home ice 6-1 victory over the nothing-left-to-lose Spruce Grove Regals added another win to the Jets’ regular-season tally.
The Jets’ built their home-ice win steadily over three periods. Starting from a 3-0 period one lead the Jets advanced to 4-1 period by the end of the middle frame, a point at which the Jets were outshooting Spruce Grove 31-16. The final period saw the Jets keep Spruce Grove off the board while adding another 12 chances and two goals to the board.
Jets President Brent Melville said the Jets are having one of the best seasons in the club’s history and are poised to beat the club’s 38-game-season record. In 2011/2012, the Jets finished the season in second place with a 24-11-3 record and 51 points. “We made it to semi-finals of l[playoffs], which is the farthest any Jet team has done in 38 years,” Melville said.
Friday night’s win over the Spruce Grove Regals gives the Jets the same point total the 2011/2012 iteration of the team achieved, but with a game in hand.
Melville said a point tally that high would have ensured second place in the Division over the past few years, however this year is a different season. There are only three points separating the second-place North Edmonton Red Wings and the fifth place Beverly Warriors.
A win Tuesday night against the Merchants would give the Jets a club record. Win or lose the Jets are likely to face the Edmonton Mustangs in the best-of-three qualifying round.
Game time for the final game of the 2014-2015 regular season is 8:30 p.m. at the Ray McDonald Sports Center.