September 18, 2022-
The OCN Blizzard have started their 2022/2023 regular season in perfect shape as the team is 2-0. September 16th the team travelled to Swan Valley to face off against their closest rivals the Stampeders taking home a 4-1 win. Chase Hamm starting goaltender stopping 26 of 27 shots on net.
Opening period both teams playing a fairly consistent game ending the first period scoreless. Early in the 2nd period 20-year-old Ryan Monias opened up the regular season scoring 1.27 seconds into the 2nd period on the Power Play. Two more unanswered goals followed in the second period scored by hometown boys Ashton Paul and Keilan Holland. Third period the boys got into some penalty troubles as Stampeders Jones scored the first regular season game for the Stampeders during a Power Play late into the 3rd period, Stampeders pulling their goalie created a open net scoring opportunity for Paul creating a final score of 4-1 for the Blizzard.
Fast forward to Saturday September 17th the Blizzard hometown season opener the boys were fired up and ready to go! Player introductions started at 6:45 with the spotlight on the boys and the lights dimmed we were ready to roll!
Blizzard took the first scoring opportunity again as defenseman Kayden Sutherland scores a Powerplay goal late into the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Second period the Blizzard spent a majority of their time in the penalty box creating another scoring opportunity for the Stampeders taking away the 2-goal advantage. Stampeders pull their goalie again late in the third creating a 6 on 5 advantage, but newly appointed captain Riley Zimmerman had other plans and scores an empty net goal to finalize the game with a 3-1 win.
Following the game coach Doug Johnson commented that “you have to be happy; you see the history with the team the last 4 years there hasn’t been a ton of success on OCN. Just to see the excitement of the kids, the excitement from the fans and the staff it’s pretty special.” with 58 more games this season the “team is a pretty good group of kids, easy to work with and ready to put in the work” commented Johnson.
Up next the Blizzard host 21/22 league champions the Dauphin Kings on Tuesday September 20th at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Arena. Players are set to wear their customized jerseys in recognition of Every Child Matters. Puck drop set for 7PM
Youth (6-14) $8
Kids (5 & Under) Free