The long wait is over. The OCN Blizzard will be starting off the season at home on Friday, Sept. 22, at the GLMC. Make sure to come out and make some noise as we look to build on the tremendous momentum from last year.
Season ticket pickup at the Blizzard Office:
Wednesday the 20th, from 1 pm – 7 pm
Thursday the 21st, from 1 pm – 7 pm
Sept 4 Black vs Blue – 6 pm, GLMC
Sept 5 Home Pre-season vs Bombers presented by Twin Motors
Sept 10 Halcrow Lake Golf Course Blizzard Golf Tourney
Congratulations and good luck to Brady Keeper, who is attending the LA Kings Development Camp this week!
The 2017-18 Schedule for the OCN Blizzard has been announced, beginning with a home-opener against Wayway, on Fri, Sep. 22. To view full schedule, click here.
The OCN Blizzard are excited to announce that its annual Bantam Draft recently took place on June 4, as well as some player signings. Read more for results.
1st – Evan Herman – The Pas – RHA – Centre
2nd – Sequoia Swan – Peguis – RHA – Centre
3rd – Levi Theissen – Winnipeg – Centre
4th – Ayden Manningway – Peguis – Centre
5th – Nicholas Finnson – Interlake – LD
6th – Dreydin Robinson – Cross Lake – LD
Read more for full details.
OCN Blizzard Hockey School
8 hours of on-ice instruction
2 hours of dryland
Group 1 : Age 7-10, 9 am – 1 pm
Group 2: Age 11-13, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
OCN Blizzard Prep-Conditioning Camp
5 hours of ice, 7 pm – 8:15
Rookie Camp: August 31-September 1/17
More details to come
Camp cost – $75
Main Camp: Sept 2-4
Black vs Blue Game 2 pm on 4th
The year end banquet was held on Friday, April 28th at the Kikiwak Inn, where a number of awards were given out to celebrate the amazing season. (Read more…)
Photo courtesy of Shawn Yaremko
– General Manager’s Award for Community Involvement, donated by Leonard Stranberg: Adam Heinemann
– 102.9 CJAR Award for Scholastic Excellence: Hayden Yaremko
– Most Dedicated Player(s), in Memory of Dennis Strongquill RCMP, Donated by the National Aboriginal Veteran’s Association: Brett Epp & Brady Valiquette
– The Henry “Tuff” Sayese Memorial Award, Sponsored by the OCN Blizzard Board of Directors: Victor Knaub & Taran Lacqette
– The Kris and Angus Human Wrecking Ball Award: Tavis Roch
– Cliff Duschesne Memorial Award for Hardest Working Player: Braden Dale & Lantz Hiebert
– The Swampy Cree Tribal Council Award for Top Scorer: Jeremy Dumont & George King
– Top Defensive Forward, Donated by James P Smith Family: Anthony Keeper Jr
– Skill and Sportsmanship Award Donated by Paperworks Plus: Jeremy Dumont
– The Most Popular Player Award, Sponsored by Kikiwak Inn: Brady Keeper
– The Henry Personius Award for Rookie of the Year: Justin Jachbauer & Tavis Roch
– The Don Dorion Memorial Award for Top Defenceman: Brady Keeper
– OCN Chief & Council Award for MVP: Brady Keeper
– Paul Personius Memorial “Heart & Crest” Award, Sponsored by the Personius Family: Tavis Roch
– The Most Valuable Player in Playoffs Award, Sponsored by Constant Family: Brett Epp
– Wayne Hawrysch Award of Dedication: Krista Moisan
Thank you players, fans, supporters, volunteers, sponsors – what a season!
The OCN Blizzard face do or die tonight for the first time this season, as the Portage Terriers hold a 3-2 series lead in the MJHL Finals. (Read more…)
Of course the battle between the pipes has been a great one, arguably the playoff of the two starting goaltenders is why both Portage and OCN find themselves in the finals. Blizzard goaltender Brett Epp leads every playoff category, posting a 10-4 record with 4 shutouts, a 1.84 GAA and a .941 save percentage. Kurtis Chapman who has started 4 of the 5 Finals games for the Terriers has a 7-3 record with 2 shutouts, a 2.26 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
Tonight’s game can be heard on 102.9 CJAR and thepasonline.com. Jaret Schneider will have the call with pregame show at 7:15pm and puck drop at 7:30pm.
Game 6 goes tonight as the Terriers can clinch the title on home ice and book their ticket to the Western Canada Cup as the MJHL representative. For OCN, they’re looking to even the series at 3 and return to OCN for the deciding and always exciting Game 7 in front of home fans.
In the playoffs, OCN has be led by forward Tristan Elie who has been a top forward in the Finals and has jolted himself near the top of the playoff scoring race, with 8 goals and 9 assists for 17 points. He sits second in Playoff scoring. Right behind him is MJHL MVP and teammate Brady Keeper with 4 goals and 12 assists for 16 points.
The Terriers have been getting contributions in the finals from throughout their lineup. But Jeremey Leipsic leads the way as he did in the regular season. In 17 playoff games he has 5 goals and 13 assists for 18 points, leading all scorers.
The Series started off well for OCN with wins of 8-3 and 6-0 saw the Blizzard take an early lead, and looked poised to take their first MJHL Championship since 2003. However, the Terriers would respond with back to back 1-goal wins on home ice followed by a 3-1 win in Game 5 to flip the script.
Portage now sits just one win away from the Turnbull Cup Championship for a third straight season, a remarkable run from the franchise.
The OCN Blizzard and Portage Terriers will meet again tonight in Game 4 of the MJHL Finals. The Terriers defeated the Blizzard last night 3-2 winning their first game of the Finals. OCN now leads the series 2-1. With the Portage win last night it guarantees this series will go at least 5 games and will be returning to the GLMC in OCN on Sunday night. (Read more…)
Game 4 this evening can be heard live on 102.9 CJAR and thepasonline.com. Puck drops at 7:30pm with pre-game show at 7:15pm. Jaret Schneider will have the play by play.
In the second period, Portage would add to their lead as Josh Martin would score on a breakaway thanks to some puck luck off the glove of an OCN D-man at center ice. OCN would claw back quickly though as Lantz Hiebert would score on a tip off a Brady Keeper point shot cutting the lead in half. Before the end of the second period George King would tie things at two, as he would slide one along the ice past Kurtis Chapman.
The Terriers would go up for good in the third period as Takato Cox would score his second of the night on a great slap shot high over the glove of Brett Epp.
On the night the OCN Penalty Kill was outstanding, the Power Play not so much. The Terriers scored their second goal of the game short-handed.
Leading Playoff Scorers
But first, it’s Game 4 and it goes tonight. The Terriers have some life after picking up the win last night in Game 3.
They jumped out to an early lead, got some puck luck, and outlasted OCN for the victory.
Takato Cox would score first as he would cycle the OCN zone, get a good shot off and bury his own rebound.