Submitted by: Tom Hallick
AUGUST 16, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard entered Day 2 of the 2017 Founders Cup in Saskatoon aiming to even their record following last night’s loss to the Seneca War Chiefs, but the defending champions Orangeville Northmen had different ideas and improved their record to 2-0 with a 12-8 win over the Blizzard in Saskatoon.
The scoring opened quickly as the champions struck first just 48 seconds in as Tanner Buck fired a shot by Riley Maydanuk, but Manitoba quickly tied the game 54 seconds later as Seth Mandryk scored. Scott Dominey put Orangeville back in front exactly 2 minutes after the Mandryk goal, however the Blizzard squared the contest just shy of the 10-minute mark on a Troy Gutowski goal. The Northmen replied with goals from Nik Farrus and Kyle Waters to grab a 4-2 lead after a period.
Mike Sutton and Farrus notched goals 32 seconds apart early in the middle period for a 6-2 lead two-and-a-half minutes into the period. Gutowski’s second of the day made it a 6-3 game before goals by Buck and Grayson Howson 52 seconds apart gave Orangeville an 8-3 edge with 6 and-a-half minutes to play. Kelson Borisenko got a goal back for the Blizzard in the last minute to make it an 8-4 Northmen lead through two periods.
Goals by Colin Poitras and Gutowski’s third of the day got the Blizzard to within a pair at 8-6, just four minutes into the period, but that was as close as Manitoba would get as two goals by Shane Hillis restored Orangeville’s four-goal lead by the 12-minute mark of the frame. Blaze Bezecki made it 10-7 Northmen with seven minutes left, but two more Northmen markers from Hillis and Sutton gave Orangeville a 12-7 lead before Loel Asham closed out the scoring with 1:09 to play.
Neither team cashed in a powerplay goal as Orangeville was 0-2 and the Blizzard were 0-4.
The 0-2 Blizzard look to get into the win column Thursday night at 9PM CDT as they battle the host Saskatchewan SWAT. Saskatchewan plays at 9PM CDT tonight versus the Red Deer Rampage.
In the early game, Seneca improved to 2-0 as they scored a 7-3 win over the 1-1 Coquitlam Adanacs.