Jets down Oilers 5-3 in NHL pre-season

Monday, 24 September 2018 03:33 Written by  Published in Game Stories
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Linemates Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler fined tuned their games Sunday night in preparation for the NHL's regular season.

Both had three point nights, Scheifele tallied twice, scoring a power play and shorthanded marker while Wheeler had a goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

“It was good. Obviously, we got better as the game went on. A little early, we weren't getting pucks to the net and then started getting pucks deep and started to get a few more towards the goalie and put a few in," said Scheifele.

Skyler McKenzie also scored for the Jets.

Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves for Winnipeg.

Kailer Yamamoto and Ethan Bear scored for the Oilers.

Mikko Koskinen turned aside 16 shots for Edmonton.

Winnipeg got on the board first on the power play when Mark Scheifele converted a Blake Wheeler feed from near the bottom of the right face off circle to give the Jets a 1-0 lead.

The goal was his first of the pre-season.

Edmonton evened the contest at 7:33 when Tyler Yamamoto tipped a puck past Hellebucyk to make it 1-1.

Zack Kassian fished the puck out of the corner and fed defenceman Matt Benning at the right point which the Oiler defenceman managed to get a shot off which Yamamoto redirected past the Jet goaltender to register his 3rd goal of the pre-season.

With Dustin Byfuglien off for tripping the Oilers took the lead when Ethan Bear one timed a Drake Caggiula feed from the side boards past Hellebuyck from the point, beating the Winnipeg goaltender just inside the right post.

The goal was his 2nd of the pre-season.

Bear, who is battling for one of the two final spots on Edmonton's blue line, said the Oilers played hard. "I thought we played well honestly. They (Jets) got a couple of bounces and that's just the way it goes sometimes. I think we played well and I think we played hard."

Skyler McKenzie tipped a puck past Mikko Koskinen to tie the contest 7:42 into the second period, redirecting a Joe Morrow shot from the right point to make it 2-2.

The goal was his 1st of the pre-season.

Scheifele gave the Jets the lead with a shorthanded marker 10:01 into the second period when Blake Wheeler pounced on a loose puck by the blue line before bursting in down the left side and feeding Scheifele who beat an outstretched Koskinen to score his second of the night.

Blake Wheeler fired a power play goal at 7:24 of the 3rd period to give the Jets a two goal cushion.

The Winnipeg captain moved in off the right side boards before wiring a wrister beating Koskinen high glove side to make it 4-2.

The goal was his second of the pre-season.

Skyler McKenzie made it 5-2 at 10:23 firing a perfect C.J Suess feed past Koskinen to score his first of the pre-season.

Kailer Yamamoto added a late goal to make it 5-3.

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan was pleased with the effort of his team on the night. "Actually I'm not overly disappointed with it (loss). Obviously anytime you lose you're not happy but there's a lot of good things we did in the game that we can correct and build off of."



Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.