Scheifele scores OT winner to hand Jets their first pre-season victory

WINNIPEG — Mark Scheifele scored two minutes into 3-on-3 overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets their first pre-season victory with a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

Blake Wheeler, Drew Stafford and Andrew Ladd also scored for Winnipeg (1-2-2). Ondrej Pavelec made 22 saves.


Ottawa (1-3-2) had a 3-0 lead heading into the third period after goals from Milan Michalek, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Michalek also had an assist.

Craig Anderson started in net for the Senators, but after stopping 17 shots he made the planned switch with Andrew Hammond 9:06 into the second period.

Hammond stopped eight of the 12 shots he faced and was beat between the pads with Scheifele’s winning shot.

Ladd tied the game 3-3 with 51 seconds left in regulation when he tipped in defenceman Tyler Myers’ shot from just inside the blue line. Ladd also had an assist.

Ladd and centre Bryan Little were playing their first pre-season game because of minor injuries.

The pair began the game skating on a line with right-winger Alexander Burmistrov, who played the past two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Michalek opened the scoring when his shot from inside the right circle went between Pavelec’s blocker and the post at 10:01 of the first period.

Shots on goal were tied 10-10 after the first period.

The Senators headed into the second period on the power play for just over a minute, but a pair of early penalties gave the Jets a two-man advantage for 1:34.

Ottawa killed it off and then responded with Smith’s goal that appeared to go off a stick into the net at 3:56 for the 2-0 lead.

Bobby Ryan set up his team’s third goal with a nice feed from the side of the net through the crease to Pageau, who put the puck past Pavelec at 14:38.

Winnipeg had the 24-20 shot advantage after two periods and was on the power play to open the final period.

The Jets got on the board just after the Ottawa penalty expired.

Ladd’s shot to the net was tipped by Wheeler past Hammond 26 seconds in for the 3-1 score.

Late in the period, Wheeler roughed it up with Ryan to the roar of the crowd and Ladd almost took a turn with defenceman Mark Borowiecki.

With Borowiecki in the box later for roughing, Stafford scored off a pass from Nikolaj Ehlers at 15:00.

Notes: The Senators had a police escort from the airport to the MTS Centre after mechanical problems in Ottawa delayed their arrival in Winnipeg to two hours before game time … The Jets are home to the Flames on Thursday and travel to Calgary for a Saturday game. Ottawa hosts Montreal on Thursday and visits the Canadiens on Saturday.

Judy Owen, The Canadian Press