~Photo courtesy of Kelly Jacobson
The OCN Blizzard’s opening weekend on the road to the 2018 Turnbull Cup was full of bumps and potholes. Down 2 games to the Flyers, the Blizzard will look to make up some ground as the series now shifts to Winkler.
Game 1 which took place on Friday, March 9th, was a close contest as each team would trade goals back and forth. Winkler’s Lucas Barker would strike first at 4:23 in to the first period, and OCN’s Jesse Roach would answer at 12:12, and the period would end with a 1-1 tie.
The game would remain tied until 16:34 of the 2nd period, as Brett Opperman of the Winkler Flyers put one in the back of the net. OCN would answer again 45 seconds later with a goal by George King that would tie up the game, ending the 2nd with a score of 2-2.
King would net his second of the game at 2:36 in the 3rd, giving OCN their first lead of the night. That lead would not last though, as Opperman would score his second of the contest, and once again evening up the scoreboard at 3 a piece.
The game would need two periods of overtime before Barker would score his second of the game, giving the Flyers a 4-3 win at 15:36 of the second overtime.
Emelien Boily would make his return to the GLMC, stopping 45 of Winkler’s 49 shots giving him a 0.918 save percentage for game 1. Winkler’s Troy Martyniuk would stop 41 of the 44 shots he faced, a save percentage of 0.932.
Saturday night’s contest would start pretty much the same, as Winkler’s Griffin Leonard would notch the first goal of the game at 2:17 of the 1st period. The Flyers would add goals by Connor Beebe (4:36) and Matt Christian (18:10) and would close out the 1st with a 3-0 lead.
OCN would respond quickly in the 2nd as Riley Bruce would score at 0:50, and Bruce would add his second of the game at 19:20, and the 2nd period would close with OCN trailing the Flyers 3-2.
The 3rd period was a tough battle, as OCN tried to even the score, but they would be unsuccessful, as Winkler’s Matt Christian would score his 2nd of the evening via a power play goal, giving the Flyers a 4-2 win, and a series lead of 2 games to nothing.
Boily made 44 saves on 48 shots (0.916 sv %), and Martyniuk stopped 41 of the 43 shots he faced (0.953 sv %).
The series now moves to Winkler, where games 3 and 4 will take place on Tuesday, March 13th & Wednesday, March 14th respectively.