Despite having three regulars out of their lineup due to suspensions, the OCN Blizzard eked out a 6-5 shootout win over the host Neepawa Natives Wednesday in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
Justin Waskewitch had one goal in regulation and was the only player to score in the shootout. Nathan Bruyere had a goal and two assists for the Blizzard (36-16-4), who sit second in the Sher-Wood Division, while Kirk Chief added a goal and a helper.
MacGregor’s Landon Thompson had two goals and two assists, helping the last-place Natives (13-35-6) earn a point by scoring on a power-play midway through the third period to tie the game. Drake Lindsay also scored twice for the Natives, while T.J. Sneath dished out three assists.
On Tuesday, the Blizzard were handed a total of 13 games in suspensions to three players and head coach Clay Debray after the MJHL ruled OCN instigated a brawl at the end of their Saturday game against the Dauphin Kings.
Goaltender Alex Henry was suspended a total of seven games, including five games for instigating the second fight of the brawl, while forward Darien Cardinal was banned for two games for starting the third fight. OCN forward Brady Constant was punished for three games after receiving a match penalty for cross-checking. Debray was suspended one game, while the team was also fined an undisclosed amount.
In Wednesday’s other MJHL game, the Winnipeg Blues beat the Portage Terriers 3-2.
Blues 3 Terriers 2
At Winnipeg, Jared Morris assisted on two goals, including Brock Vanderveen’s winner midway through the third period. Kyle Bodnaruk and Jeremy Olinyk also scored as the Addison Division-leading Blues (41-13-1) won their fourth straight game. Johl Swedlo and Tyler Vanscourt scored for the Terriers (29-23-1), who sit third in the Addison.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 21, 2013