WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets came out firing Friday night looking to string together consecutive victories for the first time this season, but the Tampa Bay Lightning took advantage of the few chances they were given, scoring three times on just six shots in the second frame to beat the struggling Jets 4-1 at MTS Centre.
Winnipeg peppered Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop with 30 shots through the first two periods — and Bryan Little was able to record his team-leading fourth goal of the season while snapping Winnipeg’s 22-attempt power-play drought — but Tampa’s Ondrej Palat notched a goal and an assist in the period to take a 4-1 stranglehold and chase goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the game. The Jets’ fifth-year starter allowed all four Lightning goals on 18 shots.
Hockey Winnipeg has partnered with an Alberta organization to bring new resources to players and coaches.
A free coaching and playing development platform offered through TheDrillBook.com will deliver cutting edge on-ice programming, coaching assistance, and practice planning tools.
“This partnership is a great opportunity for our volunteer coaches throughout Winnipeg. We want to provide our coaches high quality resources and information to assist them in the growth and development of our great game,” said Monte Miller, executive director of Hockey Winnipeg.
WINNIPEG — It may have taken a visit to MTS Centre by the NHL’s only winless club, but it was just what the doctor ordered for the goal-starved Winnipeg Jets, clipping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 to end their four-game losing streak in front of a sellout 15,016 in attendance Tuesday night.
The Jets scored two quick ones in the game’s opening three minutes — just 40 seconds apart — to put the ‘Canes on their heels and capture their first home-ice victory of the season. A quick start and multiple goals — just what was prescribed for a team that had scored only twice in their previous four games and whom widely spoke this week of dampened bench energy when facing adversity or immediately following opposing goals.
“It was a good bench tonight. It was as good a bench as I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. “And it was under pressure. There’s pressure here, and certainly we all felt it going into the game.”
WINNIPEG — It only took seven minutes for the Calgary Flames to do the damage they needed to hand the struggling Winnipeg Jets a 4-1 loss — their fourth-consecutive — in front of a sold-out 15,016 at MTS Centre Sunday night.
In a span of just 6:42 in the second period, the Flames found the back of the net via Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau, and Mason Raymond to go up 3-1 and conclude their six-game, 11-day road drip on a high note. Raymond added two assists to complete his impressive outing.
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets ran into one of the best goaltenders on Earth Friday night as they opened their regular season home schedule with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators.
Rinne’s 31 saves earned the perennial all-star his first shutout of the season while clogging up Winnipeg’s opportunity to snap a two-game slide and a serious scoring drought after opening their season with a 6-2 win in Glendale over the Arizona Coyotes. With just one goal scored in their subsequent losses in San Jose and Los Angeles, the 1-3-0 Jets have now gone nine periods with just the one marker for.
It begs the question; why has the offence dried up after a six-goal splurge to start the season eight days ago?
The first place Mount Royal Cougars pay a visit to the Manitoba Bisons this weekend for a two-game set.
The Bison men’s hockey team is ranked eighth in the conference and meet the Cougars for the first time this season.
In the conference standings, Mount Royal is tied for first place with Alberta at 5-1-0 record while the Bisons are in a three-way tie for third by sporting a 4-2-0 mark.
The Bisons’ Shaquille Merasty is tied for fourth with eight points (three goals, five assists) while Jordan DePape (5g, 2a) is tied for seventh place at seven points and Aaron Lewadniuk (4g, 2a) is tied for ninth at six.
WINNIPEG — Three key pieces to the Winnipeg Jets’ puzzle each lit the lamp in the club’s pre-season finale Saturday night to douse the Calgary Flames 4-1 at MTS Centre.
“I think we simplified things and created some scoring chances,” said Evander Kane, whose quick give-and-go with newly-anointed linemate Mark Scheifele early in the third added the insurance to Jacob Trouba‘s game-winning point blast 4:30 into the second period. “We talked about it and we just wanted to simplify it and have more of a shoot-first mentality, especially at the start of the game and other things would open up as the game went on — that’s what happened.”
Calgary struck first midway through the opening frame as David Jones picked defenceman Grant Clitsome‘s pocket and caught a sleepy Ondrej Pavelec away from his post, making it 1-0 on an easy bury into the open cage.