Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights wrapped up their quick 2-game road trip with a stop over in Winnipeg as they took the Jets at Bell MTS Centre for the first time this season.

This was the Golden Knights and Winnipeg Jets second meeting of the season, the first faceoff saw Vegas coming out on top by a 5-2 final.

For a few members of the Golden Knights players, it was a homecoming for Cody Eakin and Brendan Leispic both who called Winnipeg, MB, Canada home for many years before playing in the NHL.

In the games opening period, the Winnipeg Jets were awarded the contest’s first man advantage opportunity and for the hosts, they did no waste any chances to convert on the power play.

Getting it done for the Jets was Nikolaj Ehlers that setup Tyler Myers. Myers was positioned at the left point of the ice in Vegas’s end and fired his one timer that beat Maxime Lagace to give Winnipeg the early 1-0 lead over the Golden Knights at the 4:49. mark of the 1st.

Later it was homegrown Golden Knights forward Eakin that tied the contest up at 1-1 when fellow Manitoban Leipsic shot the puck that bounced off of Connor Hellebuyck, Eakin with his excellent hand eye coordination batted the puck past the Jets netminder with 7:19 remaining of the 1st.

Eakin Ties It Up For The Golden Knights

Vegas went back on the attack at it was Wild Bill, William Karlsson who put the Golden Knights in the lead 2-1. Karlsson ended up tipping the puck from a Nate Schmidt shot that went five hole past Hellebuyck at the 16:49 mark of the opening period for his 14th of the campaign.

Karlsson’s 14th Of The Season For Vegas

The Golden Knights thought that they put themselves ahead of the Winnipeg Jets on Colin Miller‘s goal during the Josh Morrissey minor. But it was determined that forward Alex Tuch was deemed to be clearly offside.

Later in the middle frame, Matt Hendricks tied the game up at 2-2 for the Jets at the 13:21 mark with his snapper shot that went blocker side on Lagace.

33 seconds into the 3rd period, the Jets took the lead for the second time of the night when Winnipeg had 1:23 left of power play time remaining from the Oscar Lindberg minor from the previous period.

Patrik Laine setup an open Kyle Connor who blasted a one timer shot that easily beat Lagace for a 3-2 Jets lead.

The attack for Winnipeg continued when they were on their second power play of the night. Laine did not waste anytime as he went far side upstairs on Lagace that put some distance between them and the Golden Knights 4-2, 2:48 into the 3rd.

For the Jets they continued their scoring parade against Vegas when Ehlers scored the 5th Winnipeg goal of the contest with 13:44 left in the 3rd, to a 5-2 lead over Vegas.

Vegas cut into Winnipeg’s lead when Erik Haula‘s goal was setup by an up ice feed from Brayden McNabb and Tuch. Haula collected the puck and went into Winnipeg end and fired his wrister glove side on Hellebuyck which brought to a 5-3 game.

Haula’s Eight Of The Season For Vegas

At the 14:53 mark of the 3rd, Morrissey’s blueline shot was deflected by Mark Scheifele that fooled Lagace and went past him for a 6-3 Winnipeg lead.

Less than 2 minutes following the Scheifele goal, Miller struck for Vegas in the slot position and his 3rd period goal would stick that made it a 2 goal Jets lead over Vegas 6-4.

However, this was last time that Golden Knights would put the rubber in the back of Winnipeg’s net, Jets Connor would seal the win with an empty netter for the 7-4 victory.

Vegas’s 7-4 loss to the Jets put them on a 2nd, 3 game losing streak of the season. Their record would stand at end of the night 15-9-1.

On the season series the Golden Knights and Jets are 1-1.

3 Stars Of The Game

Winnipeg Jets: Kyle Connor (2 goals)

Winnipeg Jets: Co-2nd Star Mark Scheifele & Patrik Laine (1 goal and 2 assists each)

Winnipeg Jets: Blake Wheeler (3 assists)

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