WINNIPEG – Semyon Varlamov picked up his second shutout of the season with a 23-save effort and the Recent York Islanders handed the Winnipeg Jets their third straight loss, 4-0 on Sunday.
Bo Horvat, with a short-handed goal, Alexander Romanov, Brock Nelson and Adam Pelech, into an empty net, scored for Recent York (31-25-7).
David Rittich stopped 20-of-23 shots for Winnipeg (35-24-1).
The Jets fell to 20-10-0 at Canada Life Centre this season.
Pelech closed out the scoring with 2:01 remaining in the competition when he banked the puck off the boards attempting to ice it.
Nelson made it a 3-0 game with just 1:19 left in the center frame. He took a pass from Zach Parise, niftily deked around Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor and fired the puck past Rittich.
Recent York doubled its advantage when Romanov’s screened shot from the purpose made it past Rittich 4:22 into the second period.
The Jets didn’t get their second shot on goal until across the five-minute mark of the second.
Horvat opened the scoring on the penalty kill 7:56 into the opening frame. He carried the puck out of his own end and into the Jets’ zone and sent an extended shot that went over Rittich’s right shoulder.
The Jets were outshot 12-1 through the primary 20 minutes of motion.
Together with his goal, Nelson set a latest profession high of 60 points in a season. He now has 16 points in his last 17 games. … Horvat also hit a latest profession mark together with his 62nd point of the campaign.
Newly-acquired Jet Nino Niederreiter didn’t dress for Sunday’s contest against the Islanders. Niederreiter was addressing a visa issue, so the Jets recalled forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby. … The Isles were missing injured forwards Mathew Barzal (lower body) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (upper body). Forward Josh Bailey returned to motion after missing three games with an upper-body injury. … The Jets had killed all 13 penalties of their last 4 games heading into Sunday’s game. … Winnipeg had scored just nine goals in its last six games.
Jets: Will host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.
Islanders: Will play the Wild in Minnesota on Tuesday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2023.