Yes, it is only preseason, exhibition play, and wins – let alone overtime wins – mean absolutely nothing, but something has to be said about walking out of the rink with yet another victory. On Monday evening in Calgary, the Jets’ youngsters did just that.
It may not have been as extraordinary of a start for Laurent Brossoit as his first as a member of the Jets, it certainly got the job done. The game was an interesting one, simply based on the fact that at different points in the game, both the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets held two-goal leads… both of which would ultimately disappear.
Youngsters Jusso Valimaki and Ryan Lomberg got things going for Calgary in the early going, giving the home team a 2-0 lead just minutes into the first period. AHL Defenceman of the Year Sami Niku responded for Winnipeg in the dying seconds, making it a 2-1 game after 20 minutes of play.
On an early second period power play, speedy winger Nikolaj Ehlers knotted the game up at twos, before Niku collected his second of the game with five minutes left to play in the middle stanza, giving the Jets their first lead. C.J. Suess redirected a Jacob Trouba slap pass into the Flames’ net just three minutes into the third, doubling up Calgary 4-2.
But with two goals in 79 seconds from captain Mark Giordano and Morgan Klimchuk, the Flames tied the game back up once again, sending the contest into overtime. It took just 31 seconds for Ehlers to find the twine in overtime, with his second goal of the game coming on a classic end-to-end rush, to seal the deal, 5-4.
After mentioning his desire to shoot the puck more often, Ehlers registered six shots on 10 attempts, to go along with two goals, including the overtime winner. Brossoit made 34 saves in the victory, while Mike Smith was burned for five goals on just 26 shots.
Now sitting at 4-1-0 through five preseason games, the Jets will look to build off their recent success in Minnesota as Winnipeg faces off against the Wild Wednesday evening from Xcel Energy Center for a 7:00 P.M. Central Division matchup. The game can be viewed on TSN3.