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Jets shutout by Oilers, 2-0

by Staff Writer / Winnipeg Jets
The Winnipeg Jets (1-0) took on the future stars of the Edmonton Oilers (1-0) with first place in the Young Stars Tournament up for grabs. This would be the second game in two nights for the Jets, while the Oilers had Monday to rest after sliding past the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 7-2 on Sunday night in Penticton.

Two first period goals and the stellar play of Oilers goaltender Tyler Bunz proved to be the difference; Jets goaltender Chris Cariozzi turned away 26 shots in the loss.

The Oilers came out flying in the first period, keeping the play deep in the Jets zone to start off the game. 2:57 into the opening frame, with some major traffic in front of Jets goaltender Chris Carozzi, Chase Schaber picked up a loose puck and fired it into the open net, giving the Oilers the early 1-0 lead.

A mid-ice collision between Jets forward Shayne Wiebe and Ryan Martindale led to the first scrap of the night as Winnipeg forward Eric O’Dell came to the defence of his teammate. The fight ended quickly, and O’Dell was handed an extra two minutes for instigating. On the ensuing man-advantage, the Oilers wasted little time as Ryan Lowery sent the puck past a screened Chris Carozzi to give his team a 2-0 lead. At 8:30 into the period.

12 minutes into the first period Eric O’Dell was sent to the box again for tripping. While down a man, Ivan Telegin managed to pick the puck past the Oilers defenceman. Using his speed he took off into the Oilers zone, firing a shot into the pads of Edmonton goaltender Tyler Bunz, nearly giving the Jets the second shorthanded marker of their tournament.

It took a while, but the Jets found their legs in the final minutes of the first period. Winnipeg’s 2011 fifth round pick, Austen Brassard, managed a couple of good shots, and Carl Klingberg even had one goal disallowed (batted in with a high stick). Despite the quality shots, the Jets were unable to solve Tyler Bunz, maintaining the 2-0 Oilers lead to the end of the opening period.

Jordan DePape and Brett Ferguson dropped the gloves five minutes into the second period. Fortunately for each player not many punches were landed, as both DePape and Ferguson were tossing heavyweight shots. DePape seemed to get the edge, make some contact during the bout.

With six minutes left in the middle frame, Jets forward Eric O’Dell picked the pocked of the Oilers defenceman low in the Edmonton zone. O’Dell seemed to have hours of time in front of Tyler Bunz’s net, as he waited for an opening. O’Dell fired the puck towards the Oilers net, but Bunz stood tall and kept the puck out of the net. This chance spurred on the Jets as they stepped up their play in the offensive zone.

Oilers goaltender Tyler Bunz continued to be the best player on the ice, turning aside 11 Winnipeg shots in the second period alone.

Early in the third period, two of the biggest players on the ice exchanged pleasantries as 6-foot-6, 240-pound Jets defenceman Cody Sol fought 6-foot-3, 205-pound Oilers blueliner Wes Vannieuwenhuizen. It was a battle of giants on the ice, with Sol getting the edge as he landed a number punches and eventually wrestled Vannieuwenhuizen to the ice.

Midway through the third period, the Jets had their best chance of the night as Carl Klingberg flashed into the Oilers zone with Ivan Telegin. Klingberg made a terrific pass to the stick of Telegin, who deflected the shot onto the Oilers net. Tyler Bunz made a spectacular save, continuing his goaltending clinic.

With the goaltender pulled, the Jets made a last effort with six skaters on the ice in the final minutes of the game. Winnipeg continued to pepper the Oilers net with shots, but couldn’t solve Tyler Bunz, as Edmonton held on for the 2-0 shutout victory.

Three Stars:
  1. Tyler Bunz – stopped 23 Winnipeg shots for the shutout victory.
  2. Chase Schaber – scored the opening goal for the Oilers and seemed to be all over the ice.
  3. Jason Gregoire – had his second solid effort of the tournament, creating a number of quality chances for the Jets, and playing a solid defensive game.
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