Jets Fall To Oilers
Two second-period goals by the Edmonton Oilers were enough to edge the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday night at MTS Centre.
The battle of two of the NHL’s basement teams was capped off by Lauri Korpikoski’s late goal at 16:20 of the second period.
Patrick Maroon scored early in the second to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead but Mark Scheifele tied the game moments later with his 21st of the season.
Cam Talbot stood tall between the pipes for the Oilers, turning aside 39 shots.
It was the final meeting of the season for the two Western Conference clubs. The next time they meet could be the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Oct. 23.
Outdoor Game Announced
Speaking of the Heritage Classic, the popular outdoor game was announced on Sunday to great approval from fans.
The weekend, set to take place on Oct. 22 and 23, will bring together the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers.
The alumni game on Saturday is set to be just as exciting with the announcement that legends Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Dale Hawerchuk and Teemu Selanne, among others, will be in attendance.
Jets owner Mark Chipman said this morning on a local radio station that $600 for a weekend package that would include both the alumni game and the Heritage Classic itself wouldn’t be far off from the final pricing.
Season ticket holders and those on the wait list for season tickets will have first priority to buy tickets for the game.
Junior Hockey Playoffs in Full Swing
In MJHL action, the ‘Survivor Series’ began with wins for the Swan Valley Stampeders and and the Selkirk Steelers.
The Stampeders took a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three series with the Waywayseecappo Wolverines with a 4-3 win.
The Steelers squeaked past the Dauphin Kings in OT 6-5 after blowing a 5-2 lead in the third period.
Both wildcard series are back in action Tuesday night.
Scheifele named NHL’s second star of the week
Mark Scheifele, 22-year-old centre for the Winnipeg Jets, has been named the NHL second star of the week.
Scheifele had seven points in four games this past week, including his first career NHL hat trick on March 5 against the Montreal Canadiens.
On the season, Scheifele has 41 points in 54 games, surpassing his career-best in goals in a season on March 3 against the New York Islanders.
Scheifele is currently on a four-game point streak and has nine goals in his last nine games, including six in his past three. The Jets face Nashville on March 8 to complete a five-game homestand.
Last season, Scheifele totalled 13 goals and 34 points.
Roblin native and Wheat Kings star named WHL player of the week
It’s been quite the ride lately for on Brandon Wheat Kings players.
Roblin’s Jayce Hawryluk was handed another award this week for his on-ice acumen after being named the Western Hockey League’s player of this week.
Hawryluk racked up 16 points, including 10 goals in four games to lead the Wheaties to victories in each.
Hawryluk was named player of the month for February by the WHL after amassing 33 points in just 13 games.
The Wheat Kings sit atop the WHL’s Eastern Conference standings and have locked up a playoff berth with six games remaining in their season.
Updated to include quote from Mark Chipman at 10:55
Updated to include Scheifele story at 11:19
Updated to include Hawryluk award at 2:22