Brandonite Justin Holder made 36 saves in for the Waywayseecappo Wolverines in regulation and overtime and four more in the shootout to lead his squad to a 5-4 Manitoba Junior Hockey League victory over the host OCN Blizzard on Friday
It’s the second win in a row for the Wolverines (11-22-2), who moved into a tie for fifth place in the Sher-Wood Division with the Neepawa Natives. It’s the eighth straight loss for the Blizzard (14-22-3).
In Friday’s other games, it was: Selkirk Steelers 3, Dauphin Kings 0; and Steinbach Pistons 4, Portage Terriers 0.
At The Pas, Johl Swedlo led the Natives with a goal and an assist, with Braden Pettinger of Elgin, Montana Tanner of Waywayseecappo and J.J. Cruikshank chipping in with goals of their own. Brandonite Cole McCaig was the only player to score in the shootout.
Damien Kulynych netted a pair of markers in regulation time for the Blizzard, while Darien Cardinal and Grant Valiquette also found the back of the net.
Steelers 3 Kings 0
At Dauphin, Eric Pushka and Kolby Woods paced the league-leading Steelers (28-6-2) with a goal and an assist, while Derrick Brooks supplied the other marker. Braeden Ostepchuk made 22 saves for the shutout. Michael Stiliadis stopped 22 shots for the Kings (21-14-1).
Pistons 4 Terriers 0
Justin Augert scored twice and set up another goal for the Pistons (28-9-1), who also got goals from Nicholas Kobelka and Ryan Edevold. Zach Rakochy made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season. Talor Joseph stopped 32 shots for Portage (26-9-5).
Karakas Neepawa’s player of the month
Luke Karakas was named the Natives’ player of the month for December. The 20-year-old forward, who was traded to the Natives from the Winkler Flyers on Dec. 2, made an immediate impact with the team, as he tallied three goals and seven assists in 11 games during the month. In 39 games this season, Karakas, who’s from Green Bay, Wis., has 28 points (10 goals and 18 assists) in 39 games, which leads all Natives players in scoring.
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