Jets defeat Hawks

by Stephen Dafoe

The Morinville Jets’ second game of the year was a 10-5 victory over the visiting Fort Saskatchewan Hawks (14-10-7).

Sunday night’s home game raised the Jets to an 11-18-1 record and fifth place in the CJHL West Division with six games left in the regular season.

The first 20 minutes clearly belonged to the Jets who were equal to the Hawks with nine chances apiece, but unequal in that the Jets wrapped up a 4-0 lead heading into the second.

Although Fort Saskatchewan came back in the second with three goals, the Jets’ three that period put the game 6-3 for the Jets.

The final frame saw the Jets rack up another four, including a powerplay goal from Zach McRae. It was the Jets’ only powerplay opportunity through the game.

With only two minutes of penalties for the Hawks and eight for the Jets, Sunday’s outing was a disciplined affair where the Jets capitalized on their chances to earn another two points.

The Jets play the Red Wings on the road Wednesday night, the Riggers on the road Friday night, and return home Sunday to face the Regals at 7:30 p.m.

The Jets’ final games are Jan. 31 in St. Albert, Feb. 2 against the Flyers at home, and Feb. 9 on the road against the Warriors.

Depending on the outcome of remaining games, the Jets will face the Merchants or the Flyers in the first round of playoffs.

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