Jets Take Commanding Lead, Karl Friesen to Start Game 4

The Winnipeg Jets flew into San Jose for Game 4 on Wednesday night and took down the Sharks in commanding fashion.  The Jets jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period, added a couple more goals in the second then finished it off with their sixth goal of the game in the first minute of the third period to come out with a 6-1 victory. 

 

Allan Bester was moderately busy facing 23 shots and turning away 22 of them.  The likely Vezina Trophy favourite has averaged 21 shots per game and has turned away 58 of 62 shots during the series for a .935 save percentage.  Despite a relatively small workload, coach Bobby Orr is electing to split up the duties and give Karl Friesen the start in game 4.

 

“Al (Bester) had a decently heavy workload during the season as we pushed down the stretch in an attempt to get the top spot in the conference.  We feel this is a good opportunity to give him some rest. The goal is not a first-round victory. We want to go as deep as possible and if we want to do that, we need the entire team going,” stated Bobby Orr after Thursday morning’s skate.

 

Friesen has done well as the back-up to Bester the past two seasons as he posted a 30-8-2 record with a 2.82 GAA.  When he found out he was getting the start his face smiled,  “I am pretty pumped. I want to do anything I can for the team and if that means giving Bests a night off and starting a playoff game, I am all for it.  I’m excited”.