The Winnipeg Jets could have misplaced their pre-season opener, however no less than the followers had been allowed in to witness it.
Most people returned to the newly named Canada Life Centre for the primary time since March of 2020 to see the Jets give up a 3rd interval lead in a 3-2 additional time loss to the Ottawa Senators.
Alex Formenton notched the equalizer with seven minutes remaining, and Shane Pinto scored simply 25 seconds into the additional body to present the Sens the comeback win.
Jets ahead Pierre-Luc Dubois obtained a mouth filled with stitches after being cross-checked within the face within the second interval, however he was nonetheless excited to play in entrance of a crowd once more.
“It hurts to smile proper now, however I’d if I might,” stated Dubois. “I’m not within the biggest temper proper now, however having the followers there clearly helped loads. Most likely getting again on the market after 15 stitches with none followers would have been slightly tougher, for the motivation facet of it in pre-season, however having followers on the market was nice. I had goose bumps going out on the ice.”
RAW: Winnipeg Jets Pierre-Luc Dubois & Logan Stanley Interview – Sept. 26
For all of the gamers and even the top coach, it felt like a standard sport once more for the primary time in additional than 18 months.
“Scent the popcorn if you stroll out to the bench,” head coach Paul Maurice stated. “Then it simply feels prefer it’s so a lot better than it was even virtually within the playoffs. It’s an exhibition sport, so there’s not wherever close to the depth of it, however having folks within the constructing is incredible.”
Dubois scored the Jets’ first aim, whereas CJ Suess had the opposite marker within the loss.
“There was some good issues,” stated Maurice. “You simply don’t weight these video games too closely, proper. There’s massive chunks of that, each groups wouldn’t essentially be beginning in an NHL sport, and plenty of erratic play possibly when it comes to the puck, and the transition of the puck and a few issues that occur, however yeah, it was a great begin.”
RAW: Winnipeg Jets Paul Maurice Interview – Sept. 26
Ridly Greig accounted for the one different aim for Ottawa.
“Apparent indicators of first sport again in awhile,” stated Dubois. “I feel pre-season, the necessary factor is getting higher and higher each sport. You’ll by no means begin the pre-season feeling one hundred pc.”
Eric Comrie performed the whole sport for the Jets in aim and made 24 stops.
“It’s been awhile,” stated Comrie. “It’s positively enjoyable to get again on the market and get again to enjoying hockey video games. It positively feels bizarre. I haven’t performed a ton of video games in a very long time right here. Feels good to get again on the market and get slightly rust off and simply construct off that.”
RAW: Winnipeg Jets Eric Comrie Interview – Sept. 26
Anton Forsberg performed the primary half of the sport for Ottawa and allowed two objectives on 19 pictures. Filip Gustavsson completed the competition by stopping all 14 pictures he confronted.
There was a little bit of a scare for the Jets halfway by means of the primary interval. Senators ahead Shane Pinto landed on Nikolaj Ehlers throughout a puck battle within the neural zone. Ehlers stayed down on the ice and ultimately skated off slowly whereas hunched over. However Ehlers returned to the sport simply a short while later.
The Sens opened the scoring simply over 11 minutes into the sport throughout 4-on-4 hockey. Brandon Wheat Kings ahead Ridly Greig took the go on the blueline and turned Ville Heinola inside-out earlier than roofing the backhand on Comrie. The 19-year-old Greig performed 21 video games for the Wheat Kings earlier within the 12 months earlier than ending the season with the AHL’s Belleville Senators.
However the Jets answered again within the interval’s last minute. Simply as the primary penalty of a 5-on-3 energy play expired, Dubois went between the legs to Jansen Harkins. Harkins fed it proper again and Dubois shoveled the puck previous Anton Forsberg. And the sport was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes.
After a aim late within the first, the Jets struck once more early within the second body. Suess got here off the wing, and from simply inside the highest of the circle, snapped the shot prime nook on Forsberg. Dillon and Neal Pionk had the assists because the Jets took their first lead.
Shortly afterwards, Luke Johnson and Dillon Heatherington dropped the mitts for a scrap. Johnson misplaced his helmet virtually instantly and was wrestled right down to the ice by Heatherington to finish a brief combat.
Simply previous the halfway level of the interval, Greig caught Dubois with a cross-check proper in his face. Dubois went to the dressing room holding his mouth, whereas Greig was ejected with a 5 minute main penalty and a sport misconduct. However the Sens managed to kill off the five-minute penalty.
“I don’t suppose it was a unclean play,” stated Dubois. “I feel he simply obtained scared, threw his stick up. He noticed me coming and he simply threw his stick as much as defend himself, which is clearly towards the foundations, for an apparent purpose right here, however it’s what it’s.”
It was a largely uneventful begin to the ultimate body, however with slightly below 9 minutes remaining, Logan Stanley fought Austin Watson within the sport’s second bout.
With slightly below eight minutes left to play, Andrew Agozzino noticed a streaking Alex Formenton, and he rippled the mesh behind Comrie for the equalizer.
They’d barely dropped the puck in additional time and Pinto was circling the web earlier than firing the sport winner previous Comrie.
They did a shootout anyway only for observe and the Sens received that as properly, outscoring Winnipeg 2-1.
The Jets will play their second of six pre-season contests on Wednesday at dwelling to the Edmonton Oilers.
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