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Blues, Blizzard split weekend series

Winnipeg Blues were at the GLMC this weekend for a pair of MJHL matchups with the OCN Blizzard with each team taking two points. After six games the Blizzard have a record of 2-4-0-0.

OCN outshot the visitors in both games, but ran into a hot goaltender on Friday losing 3-1. Cooper Hatfield made 36 saves to lead his team to the win. The former Kenora Thistles backstopper posted his best effort in his young Junior career.

James Maxwell scored the lone goal for the Blizzard with an assist from Cory Checco. Danick Rodrigue made 30 saves giving up three goals in net for OCN.

On Saturday the home team came out with a flurry of energy pounding the Blues net with 23 shots in the opening frame. Adam Drolet scored his first of the season at 1:33, but Winnipeg would equalize at 11:46 when Matt McLeod slipped one past OCN goaltender Zach Cloutier.

The Blizzard were not discouraged coming out of the intermission locker room with similar energy. Another 23 shots on net led to a pair of goals – Dustin Mozdzen and Maxwell – and a 3-1 advantage after 40 minutes.

Cloutier was busy in the third, but was up to the task stopping all 18 shots faced. He finished the game as the top star making 37 saves. Ryan Butler and Riley Barroso each netted their first of the season in the final minutes to secure the victory.

Checco chipped in three assists to complete a four-point weekend. The veteran from Minnesota is now tied with Kobe Campbell among team scoring leaders with five points.

OCN Blizzard will be on the road on Wednesday taking on Neepawa Natives before returning home for five straight games at Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre.