Tuesday, July 5
Winnipeg Jr. jets-3
EDMONTON, AB-Day two at the Brick matched the B’s with the boys from Manitoba. The black and gold got off to a good start when Teddy Stiga finished off a Coen Miller feed to give them a 1-0 lead early in the third. it would stay that way till Clarke Caswell tied the game late in the first period.
Like Monday, after taking an early lead, the B’s gave that lead up off the opening face-off of the second period. It was Caswell again, who took the opening draw, beat both defensemen and went in alone on a breakaway and beat goalie Ryder Shea to give the Jets a 2-1 lead.
The B’s settled down, got back to work and headed into the dressing rooms down 2-1.
As has been the case most of the year, the 06’s turned in their best period in the third. They pumped 14 shots on net, and gave up just 5 in the final 15 minutes. It wasn’t until they were inside of five minutes left in the game when Owen Keefe moved the puck from the left point to his ‘D’ partner on the right point, Aiden Colleary, who put the puck on net and Cam Cooke tipped the puck on the way and tied the game.
On the ensuing face-off, and for the second time in the game, Caswell took the puck down the left wing this time, put the puck on net and gave Winnipeg the lead once again in back-breaking fashion. The B’s continued to fight and had a couple of good chances to tie the game and force overtime but it was not to be.
"Tough loss, but this team has proved to be resilient over the course of the season," coach Chris Masters commented following the game. "It is tough to win at the Brick and you can’t take a shift off. We took a couple of shifts off and it cost us today. We will be better tomorrow, will need to make more plays and do a better job finishing."
Wednesday is a Border Battle as the Connecticut Jr. Rangers are next on the schedule.