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MAY 14, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard wrapped up their 4-game Alberta swing on Sunday afternoon as they met the Red Deer Rampage for the second time. The Blizzard gained a split of their two-game set with a 9-5 victory, knocking Red Deer from the ranks of the unbeaten and take three wins out of the four games.
Teren Christensen got the Rampage on the board first just about four-and-a-half minutes into the first frame. The Blizzard would go on a 4-0 run as Loel Asham notched two goals and Blaze Bezecki and Jared Courchene added singles for a 4-1 lead. Ben Arifin would cut into the Manitoba lead as he scored with 2.1 seconds remaining to make it 4-2 after a period.
Asham cashed in his third goal of the day nearly three minutes into the second period to restore the three-goal edge. Colin Poitras struck for a powerplay goal nearly six minutes in to give Manitoba a commanding 6-2 lead. Logan Clarkson would answer back for the home side to make it 6-3 Blizzard after two periods.
Asham struck for his fourth of the day two-and-a-half minutes in to the final frame. Arifin would notch a goal to make it 7-4 Blizzard. The Rampage looked for a goal right off of the faceoff as they had a 2-on-0 breakaway, but goaltender Riley Maydanuk would come up with a fantastic save. That stop gave a boost into the Blizzard as Troy Gutowski potted a pair of goals in a three-minute span to seal the deal at 9-4. Blayne Friesen put one back on for the sake out the outfit for Red Deer with just 7.7 seconds left to close out the scoring.
Blizzard Head Coach Trevor Anyon said “The boys were well rested today and prepared to match the tempo set by the Rampage last night. (Our) excellent team defense made the difference.”
The North Division clubs take next weekend off for Victoria Day. The Blizzard return home on May 27th to host the Fort Saskatchewan Rebels for a day-night twinbill. The afternoon game goes at 1:30PM & the nightcap is slated for 8PM.
MANITOBA (5-2): Asham 4, Gutowski 2, Bezecki, Poitras, Courchene
RED DEER (4-1): Arifin 2, Clarkson, T. Christensen, Friesen
JUNE 17, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard opened a six-game swing away from “The Icebox” late Friday night with a contest in Okotoks against the Marauders. The Blizzard captured their seventh straight victory to move to 11-2 on the season with a 16-10 win
Blaze Bezecki would get the Blizz Boys on the board first at 2:42, however the home side tied the match at 5:41, then took the lead on goals by Cody Bomersine and Sean Garlock. The Blizzard changed the momentum with five unanswered goals from the sticks of Blaze Bezecki and Jared Courchene (who scored 6 seconds apart), Colin Poitras, Andy Szun & Troy Gutowski gave Manitoba a 6-2 lead through twenty minutes.
The Marauders would open the second period with three straight goals, however Kieran Mulvaney, who returned from a two-game suspension put a screeching halt to the momentum with a goal to make it 7-5. Manitoba. The Blizzard would add two more goals compliments of Loel Asham and Kelson Borisenko to up their lead to 9-5. After a Marauder marker made it 9-6, Colin Poitras restored the four-goal lead. Manitoba led 10-6 after 40 minutes.
The Blizzard added a pair of Poitras goals for a 12-6 lead, then Gage Turner replied for the hosts to pull them to within five. Bezecki and Bomersine exchanged goals for a 13-8 Blizzard lead. The teams traded goals twice more to make it 15-10. Mulvaney closed the scoring with only 29 seconds remaining.
Marauder Jordan Quimby & Lyle Morriseau earned early showers when they scrapped halfway through the period.
Blizzard head coach Trevor Anyon acknowledged that the Blizzard “definitely had bus legs”, which resulted in sloppy play. “(But the) high-powered offense stepped up to seal the win.”
The Blizzard play two on Saturday. First is a date with the Calgary Shamrocks at 1:30. The nightcap versus the Calgary Mountaineers goes at 9:30.
Bezecki 5, Poitras 3, Courchene 2, Szun 2, Mulvaney 2, Asham, Gutowski
OKOTOKS (6-5-1)Bomersine 3, Lapierre 2, McKay 2, Turner 2, Walker
JUNE 8, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard wrap up a five-game homestand with a two-game set Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at “The Icebox”, aka Notre Dame Arena at 271 Cathedral Avenue. Saturday night’s opener rolls at 7:30, while Sunday afternoon’s action begins at noon.
The Blizzard lead the North Division with an 8-2 record as the second half of the 2017 RMLL season begins. They have a 2-point lead on the Red Deer Rampage who sit with a 7-2 mark. The Blizz Boys are riding a 4-game winning streak following their 3-game sweep of Fort Saskatchewan two weekends ago.
Saskatchewan who had a 2-18 record in 2016. are 4-8 which has them in 5th spot in the South Division. The SWAT have gone 1-4 in their last 5 games, their most recent was a narrow 8-7 road defeat to the Calgary Mountaineers on May 28th.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Blizz captain Colin Poitras leads the team in scoring and is second in the division as he’s registered 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points. Blaze Bezecki is in fourth in the division on 17 goals and 19 helpers for 36 points. Troy Gutowski sits in fifth in the division Top 10 with 35 points on 20 goals and 15 assists. The 20 goals rank 3rd best in the North.
Goaltender Riley Maydanuk is 3rd in the North in Save Percentage with an .840 efficiency, while Kody Johnson holds down 10th with a .730 percentage.
ALRIGHTY THEN, WHO SAID SHUTOUT?
Riley Maydanuk was cruising along on Saturday May 27th in the nightcap versus Fort Saskatchewan as the Blizzard had an 11-0 lead well into the third and final period. His shot at the lacrosse rarity was spoiled in the final 4 minutes as the Rebels struck for three goals.
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JUNE 18, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard finished up a 4-game swing through southern Alberta on Father’s Day Sunday, looking to finish the trip with a perfect 4-0 mark and in the process, extend their win streak to 10. The Blizzard faced the Calgary Chill in their first clash since Manitoba captured the RMLL title on Terry Fox Day last August. And it was the Blizzard who take all four games on the Alberta swing and extend their winning streak to ten straight with a 10-8 win.
The Blizzard took just 92 seconds to get on the board as Troy Gutowski got the game’s opening goal. The Blizzard would double their lead on a Blaze Bezecki goal nearly eleven minutes in. The Chill cut the lead in half on a Jon Buchanan shorthanded goal with under four minutes left in the frame. The Blizz Boys got their two-goal edge back on Bezecki’s second of the day with 2:04 left to make it 3-1 Blizzard at the end of the opening twenty minutes.
It was the Blizzard who had a strong start to the middle period as goals from Colin Poitras and Loel Asham 10 seconds apart gave Manitoba a 5-1 lead. Ryland Bjorndahl got one back for the Chill before Bezecki struck for his third to make it 6-2 Blizzard. But the Chill would charge right back with three straight goals as Ben Foster, Toron Eccleston and Joey Gardner to pull within a goal at 6-5. But Manitoba replied with two late goals. The second of those being an Andy Szun buzzer beater to make it 8-5 Blizzard after two periods.
Foster struck for his second goal at the 2:05 mark and promptly added a third to make it an 8-7 game. The Blizzard replied right back with goals from Jared Courchene and Cole Wasnie for a 10-7 lead. Bjorndahl responded with a goal on a Calgary man-advantage with less than eight minutes left to play.
The Blizzard wrap up the six-game stretch away from home July 8th and 9th as they’ll play the Saskatchewan SWAT in Saskatoon.
Bezecki 4, Gutowski, Poitras, Asham, Szun, Courchene, Wasnie
Foster 3, Bjorndahl 2, Eccleston, Gardner, Buchanan
APRIL 30, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard and Sherwood Park Titans put the wraps on their weekend set on Sunday afternoon. The Blizzard would take the rubber match, but by no means was it easy as Manitoba won 13-10.
For the third straight game, the visitors would open the scoring as Ethan Forgrave scored two minutes into the contest. The Blizzard would notch a pair of goals in a 44-second span to take the lead as Kieran Mulvaney and Troy Gutowski blasted shots by Titans goalie Hayden Resler. Forgrave evened the score at 10:57, but the Blizzard responded with a Blaze Bezecki blast with just 39 seconds remaining in the period to make it 3-2 Manitoba after one period.
The home side added two more from Bezecki to complete a hat trick, followed up by a Jackson Neufeld breakaway goal to give the Blizzard a 6-2 lead. Daniel Pele replied to pull Sherwood Park to within three at 6-3. But the Blizzard tacked on three more as Cole Wasnie, Ryan King and Gutowski connected for his second to make it 9-3 Manitoba. The Titans got goals from Josh Zawada and Aidan Rai to cut the deficit to 9-5 after 40 minutes.
The third period got off to a wild start as the teams combined for three goals an a 66-second span as Forgrave scored to round out a hat trick and Parker Beaudry pulled the Titans to within two at 9-7. But goals from Robert Harrow and Bezecki would put the brakes on Sherwood Park’s momentum. The Titans bounced back with a pair of goals by Zawada and Nathan Shellington. Bezecki would pot two more for a six-goal afternoon, while Forgrave connected for a fourth time to complete the Titans scoring.
Blizzard Head Coach Trevor Anyon reflected on last night’s defeat as a good learning experience. “The boys made some adjustments and turned it around today.” Anyon was impressed with rookie Jackson Neufeld as he scored his first career goal.
The Blizzard next see action on Friday May 12th when they begin a 4-game Alberta swing versus the St. Albert Crude. They return home for a 3-game set versus the Fort Saskatchewan Rebels beginning Saturday May 27th.
JUNE 17, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard battled the Calgary Mountaineers late Saturday evening in the nightcap of a twinbill. The Blizz Boys rallied to down the Calgary Shamrocks 15-11 in the day portion and were seeking their ninth straight win. An early jump and a second period scoring frenzy vaulted the Blizzard to a 18-7 rout over the Mountaineers.
The Blizzard roared out of the gates as Kelson Borisenko scored just 16 seconds after the opening faceoff, then added a second a little over a minute later. Colin Poitras made it 3-0 after just 2:55 of play. Jared Courchene upped the lead to a 4-goal margin just before the 4-minute mark. A Blaze Bezecki goal nearly eight minutes in staked the visitors to a 5-0 lead before the Mountaineers struck for a pair of goals by Kieran Shuya and Conor Luitweiler.
As was the case in the afternoon game, the home side would come out with guns a-blazing in the second period as Shane Forre and Shuya, with his second goal, pulled Calgary to within a goal. Andy Szun briefly applied the brakes to the Mounties momentum before Levi Danylyshyn scored to again make it a 1-goal game. Then the Blizzard blew the doors off the barn with nine straight goals. Borisenko put the finishing touch on a hat trick. Poitras picked up his second, Kieran Mulvaney, Szun added his second and third of the night. A Loel Asham goal, followed by Poitras’ third of the game, Cole Wasnie and Borisenko’s fourth with just a single second left capped off a ten-goal middle frame. The Blizzard led 15-5 after two periods.
Shuya broke the 9-goal Blizzard run a little over four minutes into the final period. The Blizzard added three in a row from Szun, Bezecki and Asham before Calgary’s George Moroney scored with four-and-a-half minutes left to close out the scoring.
The Blizzard were 2-for-2 on the powerplay, while the Mountaineers were 1-for-2.
The Alberta swing concludes tomorrow with a contest against the Calgary Chill at 2:30PM CDT.
Borisenko 4, Szun 4, Poitras 3, Asham 2, Bezecki 2, Courchene, Mulvaney, Wasnie
(6-8)Shuya 3, Luitweiler, Moroney, Forre, Danylyshyn
MAY 24, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard begin a five-game homestand on Saturday afternoon as they’ll host the Fort Saskatchewan Rebels for a three-game set at The Icebox, aka, Notre Dame Arena, 271 Cathedral Avenue. The teams will play a doubleheader with starts at 1:30 and 8PM. The set concludes Sunday at noon.
The Blizzard went 3-1 on their four-game trip through Alberta that boosted their record to 5-2 and into 1st place in the North Division. The Rebels come into the set with a 2-3 record. Fort Saskatchewan edged the Calgary Mountaineers 6-5 at home on May 13th. The Rebels hold down 5th place in the North Division.
Blizzard bench boss Trevor Anyon is looking forward to fielding a full lineup this weekend as the players who played college lacrosse in the United States return for this weekend’s set. “We are well rested after two weeks off. I expect a very high energy set of games.”The 2nd Time to ReLAX tournament takes place this weekend, and fans are invited to catch some of the action before and after the Blizzard-Rebels set. Admission to all tournament games is free of charge thanks to the Manitoba Lacrosse Alumni.
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Blizzard captain Colin Poitras (#9) jumps from eighth to second spot in RMLL North Division scoring with 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points.
Ethan Forgrave of the Sherwood Park Titans leads the points race with 31.
Blaze Bezecki, Troy Gutowski and Kieran Mulvaney are fourth, fifth & seventh respectively.
Bezecki (#6) has 27 points on 12 goals and 15 helpers.
Gutowski (#4) has 22 points on 16 goals and 6 helpers.
Mulvaney (#18) has 20 points on 11 goals and 9 assists.
Riley Maydanuk (#1) is second in the North Division in saves with 142 and fourth in save percentage with a .810 clip.
JULY 6, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard return to action this weekend as they wrap up their 2017 road schedule with two games versus the Saskatchewan SWAT Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Kinsmen Arena in Saskatoon. Saturday night’s matchup starts at 9PM CDT, with Sunday’s contest beginning at 1PM CDT.
The Blizzard enter the regular season’s penultimate week with a 14-2 slate and riding a 10-game win streak, which included four impressive wins in southern Alberta two weeks ago. The Blizzard have a two-point lead on the Red Deer Rampage who sit in second with a 13-3 record.
Saskatchewan comes into the set with a 4-11 record and on a 7-game losing slide dating back to late May. Their last win was a 9-7 home-floor win against the Calgary Shamrocks on May 21.
Blizzard Head Coach Trevor Anyon hopes his charges “Stay on track and healthy as 5 regulars are missing this road trip.” Anyon also noted that Cameron Stucky has been called up from the provincial midget team and will be in the lineup for this weekend’s games.
WHEN LAST WE MET…...
The Blizzard and SWAT last crossed sticks on June 10th and 11th at “The Icebox”, Manitoba defeated Saskatchewan 15-10 and 15-5.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Five, count ‘em, five of The Blizz Boys have places in the North Division Top 10 scorers list. Captain Colin Poitras leads the way with 29 goals and 52 helpers for 81 points. Blaze Bezecki holds down third spot with 33 goals and 28 assists for 61 points, Troy Gutowski is in fourth at 54 points on 27 goals and 27 helpers. Andy Szun after his NCAA stint with the Carthage College Redmen has recorded 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points in a mere 9 games. That’s good for seventh. Kelson Borisenko, who returned from the Manhattan Jaspers (NCAA), has 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points in 9 games, which has him in ninth spot.
Goaltender Riley Maydanuk is third in the North in Save Percentage with an .836 efficiency, and has recorded a division best 491 stops. Kody Johnson sits in tenth with a .759 percentage.
HOME COOKIN’ IS GOOD, BUT TAKEOUT IS JUST AS GOOD…...
Should the Blizzard sweep or split the weekend set, they’ll establish a new franchise record for road wins in a season. The Blizz Boys currently have a 7-1 mark, which equals their total in 2015.
JULY 9, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard and Saskatchewan SWAT finished up their weekend set Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon, The Blizzard ran their winning streak to 12 straight and finished their road schedule with a 9-1 record as they downed the SWAT 8-6.
The home side opened the scoring on a Wyatt Haux goal a little over 4 minutes into the contest. The Blizzard would pick up the next 3 goals as Colin Poitras, Jared Courchene and Loel Asham staked Manitoba to a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Asham’s second goal of the day gave the Blizz Boys a three-goal edge just four minutes into the second period. Kallen Currie drew the Swat to within two nearly a minute later. Kelson Borisenko restored the three-goal margin with his first of three goals. Matthew Cromie pulled the SWAT to within a pair again with 6-and-a-half minutes to play. Borisenko picked up his second to make it a 6-3 game, however Arliss McCloy would again draw his club to within a pair of goals with just 3:28 left. The Blizzard led 6-4 after two periods.
The SWAT would score twice to even the game at 6-apiece as Tanner Deck scored with 9 minutes to play and Cromie followed up with the tying goal with 7:41 to play. The game stayed even until the 16:31 mark when Asham notched his third goal. Borisenko supplied the dagger with 2:24 to play to give the Blizzard their 16th win on the campaign.
The Blizzard take a 4-point lead on the Red Deer Rampage in the North Division standings. The Rampage play the St. Albert Crude later tonight
The Blizzard conclude the regular season with a pair of games versus the Rockyview Silvertips on Saturday July 15th at 7:30PM and Sunday July 16th at noon at “The Icebox”.
Borisenko 3, Asham 3, Poitras, Courchene
Cromie 2, McCloy, Haux, Deck, Currie
MAY 28, 2017
The Manitoba Blizzard and Fort Saskatchewan Rebels wrapped up their three-game weekend series on Sunday afternoon. The Blizzard would complete the weekend sweep in come-from-behind fashion, rallying from a pair of deficits to win 11-8 and improving their season record to 8-2.
Manitoba would pick up the game’s opening goal for a third straight game as Jared Courchene scored just thirty-six seconds into the action. The Rebels would score the next three goals. Jackson Deweerd, Jack Snider and Ethan Wong would give the visitors a two-goal lead with three minutes remaining in the period. Blaze Bezecki would tally his first of three goals to pull the Blizzard to within a goal, but a Jayden Gaucher goal with only 3.8 seconds remaining gave Fort Saskatchewan a 4-2 advantage after a period,
Jack Marlow added two goals early in the second period to put the Rebels up by a 6-2 margin. But the home side would stage a brief rally thanks to goals from Cole Wasnie and Colin Poitras, but the momentum was stymied by a Christian Seiersen goal just 49 seconds after the Blizzard got to within two. Manitoba made another charge and got the next three goals as Bezecki completed a hat trick and Kelson Borisenko scored to knot the score at 7-7 after two periods.
Fort Saskatchewan took the lead again just 51 seconds into the third frame as Gaucher put the wraps on a hat trick of his own with a power-play marker. The Blizzard would roar back and go on a 4-0 run to get the win. Goals from Poitras, Jackson Neufeld, Borisenko and Andy Szun powered the Blizzard to their fifth straight win.
Fort Saskatchewan’s Noah Flink and the Blizzard’s Kieran Mulvaney had a tussle at game’s end and drew fighting majors, game misconducts as well as gross misconducts.
Blizzard head coach Trevor Anyon acknowledged that it was “a long, hard fought weekend (for both sides). (We) looked tired early and a strong third period made the difference.”
The Blizzard next see action on Saturday June 10th, when the Saskatchewan SWAT visit “The Icebox” for a 7:30PM start.
Bezecki 3, Poitras 2, Borisenko 2, Courchene, Wasnie, Neufeld, Szun
FORT SASKATCHEWAN (2-7)
Gaucher 3, Marlow 2, Snider, Seiersen, Deweerd
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