Submitted by: Tom Hallick
AUGUST 18, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard faced off against the Coquitlam Adanacs on Friday evening at the Founders Cup in Saskatoon. The Blizzard looking to even their record at 2-2 while the Adanacs were out to pull even with Orangeville for top spot in the round-robin standings. The Blizzard would rally for five goals in the final 20 minutes to eke out a 14-11 victory.
Colin Poitras got Manitoba on the board just 63 seconds after the opening faceoff with an unassisted goal. The BC champions tied the score just over 5 minutes later thanks to an Andrew Miller marker. Manitoba would score three times in just under 4 minutes as Kelson Borisenko, Ryan King and Blaze Bezecki staked Manitoba to a 4-1 lead with just five-and-a-half minutes remaining. But the Adanacs would use the final five-and-a-half to score five times on goals from Matthew Smigel, Anthony Buono, a pair of goals from Andrew Miller and a Brian Smith tally in the last minute to take a 6-4 lead after a period.
Buono struck for his second of the day to give Coquitlam a three-goal lead, but the Blizzard roared back with goals from Blaze Bezecki and a pair from Kelson Borisenko to even the score at 7-apiece. Smigel put his club in front again a little over a minute after the second Borisenko goal. Borisenko & Buono both notched their third goals of the day 36 seconds apart late in the period before Andy Szun tied the contest at 9-all with 1:36 left in the second period.
The Blizzard broke the tie in a big way with four straight goals in the opening 5:40 of the third as Troy Gutowski, Poitras with his second and Borisenko added his fourth and fifth goals of the game to make it 13-9. Justin Digby scored for the Adanacs over a minute later before Poitras notched his third with nine minutes to play. Christopher Bosa rounded out the scoring with less than three minutes left.
The Blizzard win creates a four-way logjam for second place with Manitoba, Seneca, Coquitlam & Red Deer all sitting at 2-2 as Red Deer scored a 10-5 win over Seneca in today’s early game. The late game at 9PM sees 3-0 Orangeville up against the 0-3 Saskatchewan SWAT.