On the back of a strong 3rd period performance last night at the GLMC, the OCN Blizzard would firmly entrench themselves in the 4th overall position of the MJHL standings, with a convincing 5-3 win over the visiting Swan Valley Stampeders.
Swan Valley’s Trevor Mann opened the scoring at 16:58 in the 1st period, with assists from Keaton Jameson and Connor Navrot. The OCN Blizzard would get their first goal at 2:44 in the 2nd, as Tony Apetagon put on past Swan Valley netminder Brett Evans, with help from Riley Shamray and Daylon Campbell. Swan Valley would answer back with another goal at 11:19 of the 2nd period, scored by Navrot and assisted by Quinton Sudom, and the Stampeders would carry a 2-1 lead in to the 2nd intermission.
The OCN Blizzard offence would spring to life early in the 3rd, adding 3 goals in just over 1 minute. The MLLC Player of the Month, Mark Liwiski, would score the first of the 3 goals at the 6:32 mark in the 3rd. George King would notch the 2nd of the 3, at 7:20 into the 3rd, with assists from Anthony Keeper, and Apetagon, and 14 seconds after that, Jesse Roach would pocket another for the Blizzard, at 7:34 of the 3rd.
Swan Valley would answer with one more goal, but that would be the last one that Dorian Laganiere would allow, as he would stop 26 of the 29 shots he faced.
With this win, the OCN Blizzard have earned home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, a series in which they will be facing the Winkler Flyers.
The Blizzard have one regular season game left, which takes place this Sunday afternoon; a rematch against Swan Valley in Swan River.
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