Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mark Scheifele with a Pair of Goals as Jets Beat Flames 3-1 in NHL Pre-Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mark Scheifele with a Pair of Goals as Jets Beat Flames 3-1 in NHL Pre-Season

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Scheifele, Jets beat Flames 3-1

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WINNIPEG - Mark Scheifele got an up-close look at a couple of Winnipeg's top prospects. He liked what he saw.

Scheifele had a pair of goals as the Jets beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Thursday night in NHL pre-season play. But it was his linemates Nic Petan and Nikolaj Ehlers -- both who've yet to secure spots on Winnipeg's opening night roster -- that he was most impressed with.

"They're special players, they have tons of skill," Scheifele said. "(My goals) were little work by me. I just had to get into the open spots and I'm happy to put it in."

Ehlers scored his first for the Jets, nestled in between both Scheifele goals. Ehlers' goal proved to be the game winner and was assisted by Scheifele.

Petan, meanwhile, set up Scheifele on a nifty feed after undressing Flames defenceman Ryan Wilson in the slot.

"It was nice playing with those two," Petan said. "I don't think my game changed. I just tried to keep it simple. If I had space, I tried to take advantage of it."

The win was just the second of the pre-season for the Jets (2-2-2), who will finish up their exhibition schedule on Saturday in Calgary against the Flames.

The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Flames (4-3-0) after they dropped their first two exhibition contests.

Defenceman Deryk Engelland was the lone man to score for Calgary.

Michael Hutchinson got the win for Winnipeg, stopping 32-of-33 shots. Joni Ortio picked up his second loss of the pre-season after allowing three goals on 26 shots.

"You want to come up with those big saves for your team, to keep us in it. It just didn't happen tonight," Ortio said.

The Flames wasted little time getting onto the scoreboard. Michael Ferland drove to the net and found the trailing Engelland, whose wrist shot found the top corner above Hutchinson's glove hand. …

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