by Morinville News Staff
The Morinville Jets are 0-2 after back-to-back losses over the weekend. The Jets fell 4-2 to the North Edmonton Red Wings on the road Friday night and dropped an 6-2 decision to the club on home ice Sunday night.
Friday night’s road game saw the Jets trailing 2-1 at the end of the first, 4-2 by the end of the second and both sides scoreless for the final 20.
Though the Jets came onto the ice with a goal in the first minute of play Sunday night, a series of penalties gave the Red Wings three back-to-back powerplay goals to bring the game to 3-1 in the Red Wings’ favour less than 10 minutes in. That’s where the scoreboard stayed for the final 10, giving the Jets a two-goal deficit to overcome heading into the middle frame.
The second period saw both clubs taking nearly equal chances to score, advancing from a 14-13 shots on net pairing in the Red Wings favour at the end of the first to 22-20 for the Jets by the end of two. But despite equal opportunities to score, only the Wings capitalized, once again on the power play.
Trailing North Edmonton by three at the start of the third period, the Jets found the gap widen to 5-1 with 11:34 left on the clock, but answered back two minutes later to narrow it to 5-2. Though the Jets had a power play opportunity in the closing minutes, they failed to capitalize on the opportunity. An empty net in the closing seconds would give the Red Wings a 6-2 victory and put them within one game of taking the series.
The Jets take to the road Wednesday night for game three. If the Jets pull off the win, game 4 will be played at home Friday night at 8:30 p.m.