It’s all or nothing for the Morinville Jets

by Stephen Dafoe

It’s all or nothing for the Morinville Jets after 3-2 and 5-4 double-overtime losses to the North Edmonton Red Wings Friday and Sunday night.

Friday night’s road show with the Wings echoed the Jets best-of-three contest with the Warriors in round one in that it went to overtime to be decided.

Both teams ended the opening frame scoreless, and although the Jets lead the second period 2-1 with goals from Craig Hills ad Brandon Duboc, the Red Wings scored on the powerplay with 5:14 left in the third to drive the game to overtime at 2-2. When overtime could not find a victor, the game went to double overtime, and the Red Wings got their third.

Sunday night saw the Jets on home ice in front of a packed arena for Game 2. Unlike the previous night’s contest, the Jets found themselves trailing 2-0 after the first period. But the Jets came back with two goals to the Red Wing’s single contribution in the middle frame to close the gap to 3-2 in the Wings’ favour. The Jets brought the game to a 3-3 tie midway through the third period, but the Red Wings picked up their fourth with just over seven minutes left in the contest. A minute later, the Jets came back to even it out at 4-4 and drive the game to overtime. With neither side able to score, the game went to double-overtime, and the Red Wings earned the win on a penalty shot.

Game 3 will take place Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. at Londonderry in Edmonton. The Jets need to win the next three to have a chance to move on.

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