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Blues hold steady to top the Stampeders in OT

Dylan Cassie and the Blues rookies showcased some solid talent tonight in the team’s OT win.

The Blues were back on home ice tonight to take on the Swan Valley Stampeders. After three games on the road, the Blues were in for a challenge. The Stampeders went into tonight’s game comfortably sitting second in the standings, just one point behind the leading Portage Terriers.

The Stamps were the first to get on the board with ’99 Kaysn Kruse scoring early in the opening period. Kruse’s goal was assisted by rookie Tanner Glasrud.

Winnipeg’s rookie Jayson Szun was able to answer before the end of the period, putting away his sixth goal of the season off a play from Nathan Adrian and Dylan Cassie.

Things continued to look good for the Blues as another rookie, Luke Seremet, found the back of the net early in the second. Cassie picked up another assist on the goal, while rookie Mikol Sartor also earned an apple.

The visitors dominated possession for the majority of the second until ’98 Brad Goethals slipped the puck past Blues netminder Jeremy Link to tie it 2-2. Goethals’s goal was assisted by Matt Osadick and John Jebamani.

The third period saw a lot of steady back-and-forth action, but neither side added to the scoring, forcing the game into overtime.

A Stampeders penalty just seconds into overtime gave the Blues the upper hand right away. It wasn’t long before Cassie had an open look up top and fired away to clinch the win. Cassie’s goal was assisted by Kelton Sutherland and Coby Stauss.

The Stampeders play again on Sunday, Dec. 2 against the league-leading Portage Terriers. Puck drop for that game is at 6:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Blues play next on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. as they host the Dauphin Kings.