Piping hot! Jones sets team mark with 40th victory

SCOTT FISHER

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Hitmen netminder Martin Jones picked up a record-setting victory and then went and got a free haircut.

Jones, who picked up his franchise-record 40th victory of the season last night, also signed up to have his head shaved as part of a charity event to raise money to fight cancer.

Some players -- especially goaltenders -- might be reluctant to change too much when things are going well.

And things are going remarkably well for Jones, who is 24-0-2 in his last 26 starts and is unbeaten in regulation time in his last 23 outings at the Saddledome.

"I'm not the most superstitious guy," Jones said after eclipsing Alexandre Fomitchev's mark of 39 wins set during the 1998-99 season.

"If you spend too much time thinking about superstitions, it gets in your head.

"I think I'll be good with the buzz head."

Jones becomes the second Hitmen goalie to set a franchise record this season. Dan Spence set the franchise's all-time mark with 77 wins early in the season before being released.

During his two previous WHL seasons, Jones had never been the unquestioned No. 1 goaltender.

But Hitmen GM Kelly Kisio said there was never a doubt as to whether the North Vancouver product could carry the mail.

"I thought we had to give him a chance to do it," Kisio said. "That's why Daniel was made available to other teams in the league.

"You have to give him a chance sometime, and if we didn't give him a chance this year, we were probably going to lose him."

Kisio said Fomitchev and Jones look nothing like each other between the pipes.

"Fomie didn't catch a lot of pucks," he said. "He reminded me of Dominik Hasek, where your heart was in your throat a lot of the times he was in the net. But he was very athletic and was able to get in front of a lot of pucks.

"Jonesy's much more technically and positionally sound."

Jones said he wasn't preparing to do a victory lap around the Saddledome ice.

"Obviously, it's a nice feather in my cap," he said. "But it's the last thing on my mind.

"The team's rolling right now and we're winning a lot of games.

"It's nice that I'm in net for some of them, but we're building for the playoffs."


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