The Neepawa Natives had their best weekend of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League season, collecting five of a possible six points and capping it with a 5-2 victory over the visiting OCN Blizzard on Sunday night.
Matti Jmaeff had one goal two assists for the Natives (4-7-3), while Brandonite Brayden Cuthbert had a goal and a helper. Colton Robak and Grant Valiquette were the only two players from OCN (7-6-1) to beat Neepawa netminder Davy Fisher, who made 24 saves on the day.
In Sunday’s other games, it was Virden Oil Capitals 3, Winnipeg Blues 1; Winkler Flyers 5, Waywayseecappo Wolverines 4; and Selkirk Steelers 4, Portage Terriers 3 (OT).
On Saturday, it was: Natives 5, Oil Capitals 4; Dauphin Kings 9, Blizzard 6; Terriers 4, Wolverines 2; and Steinbach Pistons 2, Steelers 1 (SO).
Oil Capitals 3 Blues 1
At Virden, Artsiom Kalashnikov and Melita’s Lucas Oliver scored in the first period, while Souris’s Ben Williams added an empty-netter for the Oil Caps (8-6-0). Jake Dudar and Devan Schram both had a pair of helpers. Clay Tait replied for the Blues (5-5-2).
Flyers 5 Wolverines 4
At Winkler, Tristan Keck scored a pair of goals and set up two more for the Flyers (3-7-2), who also got a pair of assists from Boissevain’s Zak Hicks. Jared Sprink replied with one goal and two assists for the Wolverines (4-8-1), who got a 39-save effort from Spencer Tremblay.
Steelers 4 Terriers 3 (OT)
At Selkirk, Justin Derlago set up the Steelers’ third goal and scored the overtime winner 55 seconds into the extra frame. Braeden Ostepchuk finished with 22 saves for Selkirk (8-2-2). Elkhorn’s Shawn Bowles had a goal and an assist for Portage (8-3-2).
Natives 5 Oil Capitals 4
At Virden, Sam Briscoe scored the winning goal, short-handed, with 2:40 to play in the third period. Briscoe and Drake Lindsay notched a goal and two assists each. Brandonite Clayton Heinrichs, Steven Phillips and Derrick Brooks also scored for Neepawa. Dudar had a goal and two assists for the Oil Capitals, who also got goals from Schram, Kevin Pochuk and Sheldon Kowalchuk of Souris.
Kings 9 Blizzard 6
At Dauphin, Aubrey Chapman of Killarney and Francis Alarie both scored twice as the Kings (7-6-0) earned their third win in a row. Tanner Butler of Souris and Dalton Siwak each had a goal and two assists, while Virden’s Cameron Whyte had a goal and one assist, with Brandonite Mitch Van Teeling also scoring for Dauphin. Valiquette paced the Blizzard with two goals and an assist.
Terriers 4 Wolverines 2
At Portage la Prairie, Brent Wold and Zack Waldvogel had a goal and an assist each for the Terriers. Matt Miller and Alex Keena replied for Wayway.
Before the game, the Terriers acquired defenceman Braeden Jones, 19, from the BCHL’s Trail Smoke Eaters for future considerations.
Pistons 2 Steelers 1 (SO)
At Steinbach, Nicholas Deery made 30 saves to backstop the Pistons (11-1-0) to their sixth straight win. Justin Baudry scored the shootout winner.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 21, 2013