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Blizzard net first win of season


The OCN Blizzard played two home games this weekend as they took on the Steinbach Pistons at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre (GLMC) on Friday and Saturday night.
Things didn’t start off well for OCN on Friday night as the Pistons Troy Beauchemin scored one goal at 4:02, giving Steinbach the lead. OCN fired seven shots on net but was unable to get on the board, and the Pistons took a 1-0 lead after one period of play.
It was likewise in the second period with Steinbach’s Tristan Culleton scoring near the end of the period at 17:54 to stretch that lead to 2-0. Steinbach scored again in the third just under a minute in at 0:56 from Brendan Martin and it remained a shutout for most of the period until Blizzard right-winger Dustin Mozdzen at 18:13 scored a goal for OCN during a power play with Evan Herman on the assist. Despite cutting the lead to 3-1 OCN was unable to draw any closer and after Steinbach scored again a minute later the Pistons took home a 4-1 win.
“We did good until we got into penalty problems just like every other game. It’s an issue, it’s tough, you need a whole group to have their heads and to not get fazed by the little things. The little things faze us big time right now; they throw us out of whack. Every time we get a power play we eat it up within 15 seconds; power plays are very rare in this game, you got to take advantage of them. Power plays are not a time to get frustrated and lose your mind,” said Matt Summers, Head Coach of the OCN Blizzard.
The next night OCN won their very first game of the regular season and it was the first game the Blizzard scored the opening goal of the game with Evan Herman scoring at 6:02 with an assist from Jaden Pashe.
In the second period Steinbach tied the game as the Pistons Boedey Vaeth scored at 13:21, evening the score at 1-1. That score would hold up through the rest of the second and third period, sending the two squads into overtime.
Shortly after the extra frame started OCN scored the final goal thanks to Blizzard player Nolan Dawson.
This Tuesday night the Blizzard had another home game against the Dauphin Kings, past press time. Coverage of that game can be found in Friday’s Opasquia Times. On Friday night the Blizzard go on the road for three games in three nights, first taking on the Winkler Flyers Friday, then Saturday and Sunday they have two more games against Steinbach.
Read future editions of the Opasquia Times for more coverage of the OCN Blizzard.

Trevor Wright