Submitted by: Tom Hallick
JULY 27, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard look to close out their Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League East Regional Playoff series this weekend as the series shifts to Saskatoon’s Kinsmen Arena for the final three games, should they be necessary. Game 3 goes on Saturday July 29th at Noon CST/1PM CDT. If necessary, Game 4 will start 8PM CST/9PM CDT that evening. Should a fifth and deciding game be needed, that will be played at Noon CST/1PM CDT Sunday July 30th. Manitoba will be designated as” home team” for the fifth game.
The Blizzard carry a 2-0 series lead into the weekend courtesy of 15-8 and 18-8 wins last Saturday and Sunday.
Blizzard Head Coach Trevor Anyon has these observations after the series’ first two contests.
Saskatchewan has played well and are clearly hungry (as well as) playing gritty lacrosse. They have raised their tempo. Our challenge is to match their tempo and intensity which I don’t believe we’ve done in the 1st period of either game thus far.
“I’VE BEEN TO 7 WORLD’S FAIRS AND I THOUGHT I SEEN IT ALL…”
That line which was uttered by former Florida Panthers radio broadcaster Randy Moller was applicable on Saturday night in Game 1 of the East Regional series. In the second period, Saskatchewan’s Parker Michalishen was called for interference in the change box and assessed a game misconduct. A SWAT goal was disallowed because of the penalty. We’ll let Blizzard Head Coach Trevor Anyon explain the rule.
“This rule was brought in a couple years ago, the rule’s emphasis is to protect players when teams are changing, open doors create dangerous hazards for contact and catastrophic injuries.
The rule states that any player incurring a penalty inside the change box while the victim is in the act of changing will be assessed a game misconduct in addition to the original penalty.
So, for example, if that same player (Michalishen) interfered with Andy Szun in the SWAT change box he would have only received the minor for interference as Andy was NOT in the act of changing because its the SWAT’s bench. The penalty only happens if the victim is in his own change box. “
BY THE NUMBERS:
42- As in number of wins on home floor (Regular Season and Playoffs) in their four-year history.
14- The number of Blizz third period goals in the series.
13- As in second period goals scored by the Blizz Boys.
9- Kelson Borisenko’s goal total through two games. (Team and series leader)
5– The number of consecutive playoff victories versus Saskatchewan.