Manitoba Routs Calgary
WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Blizzard battled the Calgary Mountaineers late Saturday evening in the nightcap of a twinbill. The Blizz Boys rallied to down the Calgary Shamrocks 15-11 in the day portion and were seeking their ninth straight win. An early jump and a second period scoring frenzy vaulted the Blizzard to a 15-6 rout over the Mountaineers.
The Blizzard roared out of the gates as Kelson Borisenko scored just 16 seconds after the opening faceoff, then added a second a little over a minute later. Colin Poitras made it 3-0 after just 2:55 of play. Jared Courchene upped the lead to a 4-goal margin just before the 4-minute mark. A Blaze Bezecki goal nearly eight minutes in staked the visitors to a 5-0 lead before the Mountaineers struck for a pair of goals by Kieran Shuya and Conor Luitweiler.
As was the case in the afternoon game, the home side would come out with guns a-blazing in the second period as Shane Forre and Shuya, with his second goal, pulled Calgary to within a goal. Andy Szun briefly applied the brakes to the Mounties momentum before Levi Danylyshyn scored to again make it a 1-goal game. Then the Blizzard blew the doors off the barn with nine straight goals. Borisenko put the finishing touch on a hat trick. Poitras picked up his second, Kieran Mulvaney, Szun added his second and third of the night. A Loel Asham goal, followed by Poitras’ third of the game, Cole Wasnie and Borisenko’s fourth with just a single second left capped off a ten-goal middle frame. The Blizzard led 15-5 after two periods.
Shuya broke the 9-goal Blizzard run a little over four minutes into the final period. The Blizzard added three in a row from Szun, Bezecki and Asham before Calgary’s George Moroney scored with four-and-a-half minutes left to close out the scoring.
The Blizzard were 2-for-2 on the powerplay, while the Mountaineers were 1-for-2.
The Alberta swing concludes tomorrow with a contest against the Calgary Chill at 2:30PM CDT.