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Blues lose to OCN in first game back at home after long road trip

The Blues dropped a nail-biter 3-2 in OT to the OCN Blizzard.

The Blues were finally back on home ice after playing the last four games on the road.

Although the Blues’ record at home was pretty solid heading into tonight’s game, they didn’t get off to the best start. Play bounced back and forth throughout the first period, spending the majority in OCN’s end. However, the Blues had a tough time taking advantage of scoring opportunities.

The Blizzard’s goalie, Noah Giesbrecht, put up a wall between the pipes. Giesbrecht was named this week’s Recycle Everywhere MJHL Player of the Week after three straight wins.

OCN put away two goals in the first. Cory Checco scored the opening goal with Dodge Long on the assist. Jaden Pashe put away the second goal of the period, which was assisted by Malik Ali.

It wasn’t until halfway through the second period that Codey Behun finally broke past Geisbrecht’s wall. Behun’s goal was assisted by Braeden Binda and Ty Naaykens.

That goal ignited a fire throughout the home team. Binda followed up with another goal just minutes later to tie it at 2-2. His goal was assisted by Griffin Chwaliboga and Brayden Foreman.

The third period saw intense back and forth action, but it was still 2-2 after regulation.

Just 1:08 into overtime, OCN’s Tony Apetagon slipped a goal past the Blues’ Jeremy Link to take the game.

Both teams are back at the Bell MTS Iceplex for another game on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. In the meantime, OCN heads to Steinbach to play the Pistons on Saturday, Nov. 3. Puck drop for that matchup is at 7:30 p.m.