The weather outdoors at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan, was perfect for a Heritage Classic, as it was cold but not bitterly cold (-5 degrees Celsius, 23 degrees Fahrenheit) with some snow. Although outdoor games have lost some of their uniqueness over the years, I thought this was one of the more aesthetically pleasing ones to watch because of the weather, the non-altered retro jerseys of both teams, and the close score throughout.
In a location that is smack dab between Calgary and Winnipeg with plenty of supporters for both teams, the Jets were able to tie the game late in the third period before winning the game 2-1 in overtime.
The teams remained scoreless for over half of the game until Elias Lindholm scored a power-play goal that was challenged by the Jets on Matthew Tkachuk’s high stick that kept the puck in the Jets’ zone. After the review, the call on the ice stood. You be the judge.
After temporarily being demoted to the second power-play unit this week in favor of Neal Pionk, Josh Morrissey returned to the first unit on Saturday with a vengeance. With under five minutes in regulation, Morrissey tied the game with a shot from the point. Morrissey was a beast in this game, firing six shots on goal while logging 29 minutes of total icetime. Morrissey has averaged just under 25 minutes per game, which places him in the top 10 in that category.
The overtime winner went to Bryan Little, who recorded his second point in as many games.
David Rittich probably deserved better hockey karma in this one, not only for stopping 43 of 45 shots, but also for this play at the end of the second period. I know about standing up for your teammates and all, but shouldn’t jumping all over an offender while an injured player is lying n