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PENTICTON, B.C. -- The Jets decided to hold 2014 first-round draft pick Nikolaj Ehlers out of Sunday's game at the Canucks Young Stars Classic tournament.

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PENTICTON, B.C. — The Jets decided to hold 2014 first-round draft pick Nikolaj Ehlers out of Sunday’s game at the Canucks Young Stars Classic tournament.

Ehlers tweaked his groin in Friday night’s game against Calgary, coach Keith McCambridge said, and he promised they would play the issue cautiously.

Ehlers had one goal in his debut at the tournament but watched from the stands Sunday when his teammates defeated the Canucks prospects 5-4 in overtime.

JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Nikolaj Ehlers won't be rushed back for the tournament, coach Keith McCambridge said.

His participation in today’s game against the Edmonton Oilers will be decided this morning.

 

Two-goal lead blown

THE young Jets blew a lead and lost on Friday, and blew a 4-1 second-period lead on Sunday, when the Canucks tied the game with three in the third period.

The final two goals came with their goalie on the bench for an extra attacker in the game’s final 2:09.

“I thought that third period we just protected the lead too much, gave them time to make plays,” said McCambridge. The scoring was a direct result of that.”

For overtime, McCambridge asked his team to return to an aggressive attitude, and that paid off with Nic Petan’s winner at 5:18 of the seven-minute extra period.

“I told them to play on their toes, get after pucks and make sure we don’t sit back too much and be aggressive. I thought we were good at that in overtime,” he said.

 

Jussi just fine in net

JUSSI Olkinuora was in goal for Winnipeg on Sunday, and faced 39 shots from the young Canucks.

He had a strong game, apart from the third period when Vancouver scored with what effectively was a two-man advantage, and then twice with an extra attacker in the late going. The Canucks took 39 shots in total, including five in overtime.

“The third period was my weakest period but I thought I stepped up again in overtime,” Olkinuora said.

Today, Eric Comrie is expected to get the start for the Jets against the Edmonton Oilers.

 

— Tim Campbell

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