WINNIPEG -- The game was won by the veterans but it was really a night to take a look at rookies as the Winnipeg Jets fell 14 seconds short of a shutout, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Monday in the pre-season opener for both teams. Toni Kukoc Jersey . Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson were both solid in net for Winnipeg. The Wild needed two extra forwards after pulling their goalie and getting a power play in the final seconds to get one past Hutchinson, who looks like a good bet to graduate to the NHL this season as Pavelecs backup. Rookie forwards Adam Lowry, Nic Petan and Nik Ehlers as well as defenceman Josh Morrissey all got a fair amount of ice time for Winnipeg Lowry, at six foot five and just over 200 pounds, seemed the most comfortable, although coach Paul Maurice said its too early to say much after just one game. "They each at times showed what they do for a living and what theyre good at," he said. "They all had their moments. Their speed or their strength or their playmaking ability. Well just look to see a little more of it." "I thought I felt pretty comfortable out there," said Lowry. "I was able to get on the body early in the game and I felt like that really gave me some confidence to play against their top guys and I felt I was strong on the pucks when I had opportunities to be." For Minnesota, promising rookie Tyler Graovac, who spent last season with the Iowa Wild in the AHL, scored their lone goal. He also had four of their 28 shots on net, second only to Nino Niederreiter, the 22-year-old Swiss import who had 36 points last season when he was a rookie and three playoff goals. The game was scoreless well through the second period when Dustin Byfuglien slammed the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov at 14:15 from the blue-line on a Winnipeg power play. Its a trademark shot for Byfuglien, back in his comfort zone on defence because Winnipeg was on the power play. Hes a forward, on a line with Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little, at even strength. Byfugliens slapshot was in the corner of the net before the veteran netminder closed his glove. Bryzgalov wasnt re-signed by the Wild but was invited to camp on a tryout contract after Josh Harding broke his foot. Little made it 2-0 early in the third, slipping another behind Bryzgalov from a scramble beside the Minnesota net. The Wild outshot the Jets 28-18. The Jets didnt dress last seasons top scorer Blake Wheeler or Evander Kane and gave last seasons star rookies Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba the night off. Wheeler, Scheifele and Kane are expected to be one of Winnipegs top lines this season. Minnesota didnt bring stars Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu or Ryan Suter. Both put their starters in the net for the first half of the game but switched them midway through the second period, with Hutchinson taking over from Pavelec in the Jets net and Bryzgalov replacing Niklas Backstrom for the Wild. 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The teams two losses this year have both come by one point, a 75-74 loss at Providence on Nov. 23, and a 71-70 loss at North Carolina on Jan. 5. Most recently, the team posted a come-from-behind, 75-70 win over Miami-Florida last weekend. Buzz Williams first season in Blacksburg has come with mixed reviews thus far. The team is just 8-9 on the season thanks to five straight losses. The Hokies are still seeking their first ACC win of the season. A 68-53 loss at North Carolina on Sunday dropped the team to 0-4 in league play. It has been quite the gauntlet for Tech recently, as Notre Dame represents the third straight ranked foe on the docket. The set will conclude with a fourth ranked foe this coming Sunday as the team hosts No. 2 Virginia. Notre Dame has won four of the five all-time meetings in this series, with the four wins coming in the last four matchups. The Irish trailed Miami, 43-31 with just over 15 minutes remaining in the game, but responded with a 21-7 run to take a lead just under the 10-minute mark. Notre Dame remained in front the rest of the way in picking up its 17th win of the season. Five players notched double figures in the victory, led by Jerian Grants 23 points. V.J. Beachem added 13 points, followed by Steve Vasturia (11 pts), Pat Connaughton (10 pts) and Demetrius Jackson (10 pts). The Irish are still a lethal offensive squad, despite the recent absence of Zach Auguste (13.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg). A key contributor this season, Auuguste has missed the last couple of games due to academic issues. Zach LaVine Jersey. He is ruled out indefinitely. While most teams would miss a player of Augustes ability, the Irish have been able to assuage the loss thanks to great depth. Grant is one of the nations premier guards and currently leads the team in scoring (16.7 ppg) and the ACC in assists (6.4 apg). Connaughton has been superb as well, posting 13.8 points and a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game. Jackson is equally adept at filling up the basket at 13.6 ppg. On the season, the Irish are averaging 81.7 ppg on a hefty .528 shooting (second nationally). The Hokies are coming off their lowest scoring output of the 2015 calendar year, as the team struggled at Chapel Hill last weekend against the Tar Heels. Virginia Tech trailed 34-21 at the break and was unable to make up ground in the second half. Overall, Tech shot a rather ugly .358 from the field and was abused on the boards, getting outrebounded 49-22. Adam Smith led the team in defeat, coming off the bench to score 11 points. Shane Henry was the only other Hokie in double figures, finishing with 10 points. The team was without freshman star Justin Bibbs, who missed the game due to concussion-like symptoms. Virginia Tech is far from an offensive juggernaut at 68.1 ppg, but the team does shoot an efficient 46.3 percent from the field overall, which includes nearly 40 percent from behind the arc (.399). Bibbs is the top scoring threat on the roster at 13.6 ppg. The 6-foot-5 freshman is shooting just over 50 percent from the floor, including an impressive 47.5 percent from 3-point range. However, Bibbs status for this game is up in the air, as he continues through concussion protocol. Smith is the only other player with a double- digit scoring average at 12.9 ppg. 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