It appears the $4 tickets and the free entry for kids under 12 in costume wasn’t enough to lure out a big crowd. (Official crowd was 11,855).
The Jets blew a two goal lead which set up an incredibly exciting 3rd period. Florida managed to score a late power play goal to give the Panthers a 3-2 edge. But with 49.9 seconds to go the Jets tied the game with a controversial goal, a goal initially called off by the referee as a high stick.
OT solved nothing and the game was sent to the always fun shootout.
Shooters in shootout:
1st shooter: Stapleton (save). 2nd shooter: Ladd (scored). 3rd shooter: Wellwood (scored)
1st shooter: Versteeg (save). 2nd shooter: Santorelli (save). 3rd shooter: x.
Great game by the Jets. Showed a lot of character tonight. Pavelec was sensational.
Next Opponent: They head to New York State to take on the 4 New York based teams. Some of the IC crew (Drew, Rich and Ez) will be attending 3 of the 4 (Islanders, Devils and Rangers) games.
Here are some additional recaps:
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets survive Halloween scare.
Globe and Mail: Wellwood shows hit mettle.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets score late, win in SO.
NHL.com: All’s Wellwood.
Miami Herald: Panthers lose tough thriller to Jets.
Florida Sun-Sentinel: Panther claw back, fall in shootout.
1st: Andrew Ladd
2nd: Tomas Fleischmann
3rd: Ondrej Pavelec