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Note II: The Moose played an excellent game 3 last night in Milwaukee as they got started on the right skate courtesy of an early Alex Limoges goal and didn’t stop pushing until their power play finally broke through in OT and they won, for the second straight game in extra time to take a 2-1 series lead over the Admirals. They are set to practice today as they prepare for game 4 which could be the series clincher if they can pull off another win.
Note III: The Ice earned themselves a four game sweep of the Blades with a 3-2 win in game 4 last night in Saskatoon. They are your Eastern Conference champs and head to the WHL Championship. They will face the winner of Seattle and Kamloops.
Note IV: Speaking of Seattle, Brad Lambert and his Thunderbird teammates will look to rebound tonight in game 4 against the Blazers. Puck drop is at 8 PM CDT.
Note V: Jets goalie prospect Domenic DiVincentiis and his North Bay Battalion had a nice bounce back game last night in Peterborough winning 5-2 in game 4 to even series 2-2. He made 37 saves in the win. Has a 2.31 GAA and a .929 save% in 17 playoff games.
The Athletic Winnipeg: 7 Winnipeg Jets decisions that will define the offseason. (Paywall). Bonus article from Murat today. His seven decisions include: 1) What to do with Dubois. 2) Give Wheeler an honourable sendoff. 3) If in ‘win now’ mode, overpay Hellebuyck for a short-term contract. 4) Explore Hellebuyck’s trade value. 5) Assess Scheifele’s price. 6) Build a home for Ehlers. 7) Make room for young defencemen.
Winnipeg Free Press: Chevy has a lot of work to do. (Paywall). Mike’s list includes: 1) Make sure the home fires are no longer burning. 2) Get clarity on Connor Hellebuyck. 3) Mark Scheifele and Pierre-Luc Dubois situations. 4) Blake Wheeler’s future. 5) RFAs. 6) Draft. 7) UFAs.
Sportsnet: Jets’ Core 4 Dilemma: Cheveldayoff faces huge decisions. Wieber pulls out his crystal ball and figures out options for Hellebuyck, Scheifele, Dubois and Wheeler.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Jets must embrace difficult conversations this offseason. (Paywall). I am not of the opinion that they won’t be having these tough conversation but I just think they are not wanting to air that in the public domain.
Global News: Jets at a crossroads with no appetite for rebuild in Winnipeg. It is rather astonishing how quickly some words become buzzwords and then are associated with good/bad. That word in Manitoba is “rebuild”. Please read Paul’s latest article while listening to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony song ‘Crossroads’.
Winnipeg Sports Talk: Dave Poulin on the Winnipeg Jets year end and Rick Bowness’ comments after Game 5. TSN Hockey Analyst Dave Poulin joined Andrew “Hustler” Paterson on Winnipeg Sports Talk Daily. They discussed the Winnipeg Jets end of year press conferences, Rick Bowness’ comments after losing game five to Vegas and if changes are needed for next season.
Illegal Curve Hockey: Wyatt Bongiovanni plays OT hero as power play comes through for Moose in game 3 win. Get the full story from yesterday’s game including lineup news, notable factoids, post-game media and more.
Winnipeg Free Press: Ice punch ticket to WHL final with sweep of Blades. (Paywall). As good as Saskatoon has been at forcing series to go seven games they just couldn’t even turn that into one win against Winnipeg. Josh with a recap of the contest.