Submitted by: Tom Hallick
AUGUST 17, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard and Saskatchewan SWAT met on Thursday night in a battle of two winless clubs at the Founders Cup in Saskatoon. The Blizzard got back into the win column with a 16-15 win.
The scoring came fast and furious in the opening 3 minutes as the Blizzard built a 3-1 lead on goals from Blaze Bezecki, Colin Poitras and Andy Szun. Kallen Currie got the SWAT goal. Manitoba would add two more from Borisenko and Szun connected with his second of the period to give the Blizzard a four0goal lead. Matthew Wist and Ethan Kennedy struck back for the home side to make it a 5-3 game, but the Blizzard scored three more times as Bezecki and Borisenko added their second goals of the night while Jared Courchene tacked on Manitoba’s eighth of the frame before Matt Cromie notched a powerplay goal to make it 8-4 Blizzard after one period.
The goals came fast to start the middle period as the teams traded two goals apiece as Currie, Poitras, Jayden Fraser and Kieran Mulvaney scored in the first 4:06 to make it a 10-6 Manitoba lead. The goal trading kept right on going as Fraser & Courchene picked up their respective second goals of the night to make it an 11-7 Manitoba game. Troy Gutowski and Szun scored to lift Manitoba to a 13-7 lead before Arliss McCloy & Borisenko traded powerplay goals. Manitoba led 14-8 after two periods.
Szun picked up a powerplay goal 3:24 into the third frame to give Manitoba a 15-8 lead, but Saskatchewan mounted a thunderous charge, scoring six times as Tanner Deck, Cromie, Jordan Tabin, Ethan Kennedy & Currie added two more to make it 15-14 Blizzard. An empty net goal by Poitras seemingly put the clincher on the win at 18:12, but just 17 seconds after that, Cromie struck to make it 16-15. The Blizzard would hang on for dear life to get the victory.
The Blizzard went 3-8 with the man-advantage while the SWAT went 2-5.
The 1-2 Blizzard battle the Coquitlam Adanacs Friday afternoon at 5:30 CDT. The Adanacs edged Red Deer 9-8 while Orangeville dealt Seneca their first loss by a 9-1 count. The Blizzard trail the Adanacs by 2 points.