September 15, 2011
Jets end prospects tourney with win
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
PENTICTON, B.C. - The Winnipeg Jets top line took care of the scoring, the goaltenders were flawless and the overall effort was extremely tidy.
Shayne Wiebe and Mark Scheifele propelled the offence, while Edward Pasquale and Chris Carrozzi combined on a shutout in a 2-0 victory for the Jets over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday afternoon at the South Okanagan Evens Centre.
The Jets finish the 2011 Young Stars tournament with a 2-1 record, while the Canucks slipped to 1-2.
“They had a lot of energy and consistently, all three periods, they got in on the forecheck and put a lot of pucks to the net,” said Keith McCambridge, who ran the bench for the Jets during the rookie tournament. “Scoring chances were heavily in our favour. A lot of positive things. A young group of guys who showed sharpness picking up the systems in a short period of time. I’m really pleased by the effort.
“It’s a fresh start for all of these guys with new coaches, new management. It’s a chance for them to start at Square 1 and they all made really good impressions. I’m proud of those guys and it was a pleasure to coach them. They all have bright futures.”
Allowing only two goals in three games — and posting two shutouts — was quite impressive as well.
“The goaltenders played really well but with that being said, we touched on some D-zone coverage coming into this and the guys were accountable in their own zone,” said McCambridge.
Wiebe, the former Brandon Wheat Kings captain, banked his shot off a Canucks defender at 8:24 of the first period, while Scheifele, the seventh overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft, showcased his quick snapshot to convert a turnover at 11:36 of the third period.
Pasquale finished off his tournament with another solid outing, turning aside all 12 shots he faced. The second-year pro didn’t allow a goal in 91 minutes and 28 seconds of work.
“As a team, I thought we did well the whole (week),” said Pasquale. “For the first game, I won’t lie, I was a little bit nervous. (Thursday) I was a little more confident, more comfortable with the boys in front of me and they played well in front of me. You’ve got to give them credit too.”
Chris Carrozzi took over with 8:32 left in the second period and finished with eight saves.
Of the five former Manitoba Moose players on the Canucks roster, only Stefean Schneider was in the lineup.
Thursday afternoon at South Okanagan Events Centre
Winnipeg Jets (2-1) 2
Vancouver Canucks (1-2) 0
The three stars
1. Winnipeg F Shayne Wiebe - The fomrer Brandon Wheat Kings captain had a strong showing, scoring a goal, blocking a shot, taking the body and generally shining while playing on the Jets top unit.
2. Winnipeg F Mark Scheifele - Had a goal and should have been credited with an assist as well.
3. Winnipeg D Zachary Yuen - The Jets fourth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft had what was easily his best outing, delivering several big hits while making smarter decisions with and without the puck.
After looking a bit sluggish in a 2-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, the Jets had plenty of jump and came up with a much stronger effort against the Canucks. The Jets top unit provided the scoring, the goalies were flawless and the all-around game was impressive. This was a strong response.
Sitting out for the Jets were Winnipegger Jordan DePape and defenceman Ben Chiarot.
The rookie tournament came to a close with this game and the Jets officially open main camp with medicals on Friday and on-ice sessions starting Saturday morning at MTS Iceplex.