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Bilton Doubles Up Neepawa

Two goals by veteran forward Liam Bilton were all the Blues needed Tuesday night against the visiting Neepawa Natives.

Neepawa came out flying to start the game, at one point outshooting the Blues 6-0.  They capitalized early in the first taking a 1-0 lead 2:50 in.  Six minutes later, Bilton evened it up with his 14th of the season and the game was tied after one.  It was end to end action in the opening period with the shots at 18-11 in favour of the Blues.

The second period was much more defensive (in comparison to the first).  But it would be Bilton’s offense that would give the Blues the lead they wouldn’t give up as he scored his second of the game on the powerplay with 4:45 left and a 2-1 Blues lead after two.

The Natives pressed in the third to even it up but the Blues defence and goaltender Scott Parsons would hold their ground as the Blues held on for their 20th win of the year.

Game notes:  The Blues Boston Pizza player of the game was Liam Bilton while the OMG hardest working player went to Scott Parsons.  The Blues had the Winnipeg Wild d-man Zach Lamothe in the lineup due to injuries and he didn’t look out of place.  Neepawa had their chances but two crossbars got in the way.