Port Alberni, British Columbia’s Laurent Brossoit clearly enjoys coming home to play in his home province. Much like that of his 1-0 shutout over the Canucks at Rogers Arena on December 22, 2018, Brossoit helped the Jets to yet another narrow victory over Vancouver on Friday night in BC.
Stopping all 29 shots he faced, Brossoit earned his third victory of the season in his fourth game by way of a 2-0 shutout in the first of two-straight contests between the Jets and North Division rival Canucks.
Riding an eight-game point streak, Mark Scheifele scored the opening goal for Winnipeg for the third time in four games on Friday. Picking up a bobbled puck by former Manitoba Moose defenceman Alex Edler, Scheifele carried the puck the length of the ice and beat Thatcher Demko with a backhand move on the breakaway.
The goal came at just 7:25 of the first period, which gave the Jets’ top centreman nine goals on the season, while extending his point-scoring streak to nine games (six goals, 13 points). Despite two opening period power play opportunities, Winnipeg was unable to add to its lead, finishing the frame up 1-0 and leading the shot tally 15-9 through 20 minutes of play.
The second period saw the Canucks narrow the gap, with power play attempts of their own. Although providing some quality offence, Vancouver was unable to beat Laurent Brossoit, who made a number of sensational stops in the frame, including a late-period breakaway stop on Nate Schmidt, that saw Connor Hellebuyck’s understudy dive back and fall on the rolling puck after making the initial stop.
Through 40 minutes, Winnipeg maintained its 1-0 lead, while holding the Canucks to 19 shots on net, as compared to the Jets’ 23.
The third period saw a balanced attack by both teams, with the host looking to equalize late in the game. With Demko on the bench for the extra attacker, Mason Appleton collected his fifth goal of the season on a strong speed burst to the Canucks’ net, matching a career high with his fifth goal of the season, sealing the deal on a 2-0 victory.
Scheifele and Appleton scored the goals, while defenceman Neal Pionk collected the lone assist on the second goal for Winnipeg. With the win, the Jets improved their record to 10-6-1 on the season and 4-3-0 on the road.
Next up for Winnipeg is a rematch of Friday’s battle with Vancouver, as the Jets and Canucks go at it again from Rogers Arena on Sunday evening. The game will once again be played at 9:00 PM, while also being broadcasted live on TSN. 13 of Winnipeg’s next 19 games will be played on the road.