’15-’16 Jets Defeat ’11-’12 Jets in Six Games to Clinch First UNP Appearance

Burmistrov's OT winner in Game 6 clinches a berth in the UNP for the '15-'16 Jets (via jets.nhl.com)

Burmistrov’s OT winner in Game 6 clinches a berth in the UNP for the ’15-’16 Jets (via jets.nhl.com)

We have another Ultimate NHL Playoff debutant and it will be the ’15-’16 Winnipeg Jets. First off, here is the full qualifying tournament results. The ’15-’16 Jets started off the series with a 4-2 win before dropping the next two games. Defenseman Toby Enstrom assisted on three of their four goals in that first game. The ’11-’12 Winnipeg Jets responded with a 4-1 win in Game 2, led by goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, who stopped 52 of 53 shots against. Evander Kane chipped in with two goals in the victory. Kane then posted a goal and an assist, along with Blake Wheeler as the ’11-’12 Jets took Game 3 by a score of 4-3. However, that would be their last win of the series.

Game 4 was tied 2-2 after two periods, but the ’15-’16 Jets rallied off five goals in the third period from five different players to tie the series at two with a 7-4 win. Youngsters Jacob Trouba and Nikolaj Ehlers led the way in the win with a goal and two assists for each of them. Then, in Game 5, Pavelec stopped 38 of 39 for the ’15-’16 Jets as they won 3-1 as Chris Thorburn‘s two points led offensively. In Game 6, Wheeler gave the ’11-’12 Jets a 1-0 lead late in the first, but Ehlers tied it early in the second for the ’15-’16 Jets. The next goal came from Alexander Burmistrov at the 2:38 mark of the second overtime as the ’15-’16 Jets clinched the qualifying tournament victory.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’11-’12 Jets 0 1 1 2
’15-’16 Jets 2 1 1 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’15-’16 WPG – 4   ’11-’12 WPG – 2   (1-0   ’15-’16 WPG)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Toby Enstrom (’15-’16 WPG) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +2   1 S

2nd Star: RW – Blake Wheeler (’15-’16 WPG) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: C – Mark Scheifele (’15-’16 WPG) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   3 S   2 PIM

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’11-’12 Jets 0 3 1 4
’15-’16 Jets 0 1 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ’11-’12 WPG – 4   ’15-’16 WPG – 1   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’11-’12 WPG) – W   1.00 GAA   .981 SV% (52 SV’s)

2nd Star: LW – Evander Kane (’11-’12 WPG) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   4 S

3rd Star: D – Dustin Byfuglien (’11-’12 WPG) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   5 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’15-’16 Jets 1 1 1 3
’11-’12 Jets 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’11-’12 WPG – 4   ’15-’16 WPG – 3   (2-1   ’11-’12 WPG)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Evander Kane (’11-’12 WPG) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   2 S

2nd Star: LW – Andrew Ladd (’15-’16 WPG) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

3rd Star: RW – Blake Wheeler (’11-’12 WPG) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   7 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’15-’16 Jets 0 2 5 7
’11-’12 Jets 1 1 2 4

GAME SUMMARY: ’15-’16 WPG – 7   ’11-’12 WPG – 4   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Jacob Trouba (’15-’16 WPG) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   5 S

2nd Star: RW – Nikolaj Ehlers (’15-’16 WPG) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   5 S

3rd Star: C – Bryan Little (’11-’12 WPG) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   -1   8 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’11-’12 Jets 1 0 0 1
’15-’16 Jets 2 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’15-’16 WPG – 3   ’11-’12 WPG – 4   (3-2   ’15-’16 WPG)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’15-’16 WPG) – W   1.00 GAA   .974 SV% (38 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Chris Thorburn (’15-’16 WPG) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   1 S

3rd Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’11-’12 WPG) – L   3.00 GAA   .930 SV% (40 SV’s)

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Second Overtime Total
’15-’16 Jets 0 1 0 1 2
’11-’12 Jets 1 0 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ’15-’16 WPG – 2   ’11-’12 WPG – 1   (2OT)   (4-2   ’15-’16 WPG)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’11-’12 WPG) – OTL   2.00 GAA   .973 SV% (71 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Ondrej Pavelec (’15-’16 WPG) – W   1.00 GAA   .981 SV% (53 SV’s)

3rd Star: D –  Jacob Trouba (’15-’16 WPG) – 0 G   2 A   2 P  +2   7 S

The ’15-’16 Jets are the second team so far to qualify for their first UNP appearance. Up next is the Colorado Rockies Qualifying Tournament!

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