Submitted by: Tom Hallick
AUGUST 15, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard opened their Founders Cup schedule tonight in Saskatoon with a contest versus the Seneca War Chiefs. Manitoba held a pair of one-goal leads but couldn’t hang on as the War Chiefs won 11-9.
The War Chiefs opened the scoring 1:49 into the matchup on a Clay Scanlan goal, but the Blizzard would tie it up just 76 seconds later with a Colin Poitras tally. Seneca would pot the next three goals as Connor Gates, Kyle Barna and Jonah Mohawk tallied in a span of 2:26 to give them a 4-1 edge, Manitoba would rally on goals from Andy Szun and Blaze Bezecki to pull to within a goal with just 18 seconds left. But Seneca replied just 5 seconds after the Bezecki goal as Gates struck for his second to give Seneca a 5-3 lead after a period.
Bezecki scored his second of the night nearly 6 minutes into the second frame to get Manitoba to within one before Scanlan picked up his second to make it 6-4. The Blizzard would then rally for three straight to take the lead as Szun, Colin Poitras and Kelson Borisenko fired shots by War Chiefs netminder Mason Jones in a span of 2:26 to vault into a 7-6 lead after 40 minutes.
Mohawk picked up his second goal just 1:16 into the third to even the score at 7-apiece, however Colin Poitras added his second marker three minutes later to give the Blizzard the lead again. But the lead lasted all of 2 minutes as Barna notched his second of the game, then Gates’ second goal of the night along with a Darcy Redeye goal would put the game out of reach. Borisenko tacked on his second of the game with 59 seconds left, but the club from New York state sealed the deal with Barna’s hat trick goal with a half-dozen seconds remaining.
The Blizzard see action versus the defending national champions Orangeville (Ontario) Northmen on Wednesday afternoon at 5:30PM CDT. The Northmen scored a 12-6 win over the Red Deer Rampage in the tournament’s opening game.