BLUES NOTES: February 8, 2022
Blues Record: 2-0-0 (4-1 W vs WPF, 5-4 W @ WPF)
The Winnipeg Blues won two games against their cross-town rivals, the Winnipeg Freeze, to move onto a three-game winning streak.
A three-goal first period paved the way to the first win at the RINK Training Centre on Friday night. Mathieu Moreira scored twice in 19 seconds in the final two minutes of the first to give the Blues command. After that, the Blues refused to allow the Freeze back into the game, with Evan Armit’s goal being the only tally the Freeze could find.
The next night, the Blues spent most of the game chasing the Freeze on the scoreboard, but they always found a way to fight back. The Blues erased deficits of 2-0, 3-2, and 4-3 in one of the most fun games fans have seen this season. With only 1:44 to go, Mike Tanchak scored his first goal since November 12 to lift his squad past the Freeze with a tight 5-4 win.
The games kick off tonight for the Winnipeg Blues, with two more games against the Freeze on the docket.
Tonight, the Freeze visit the RINK Training Centre for the final time this year. The Freeze have been playing without several regulars in their lineup over the past two games, and they’re hopeful for reinforcements to arrive. Meanwhile, the Blues hope that Rhys Raeside will be able to make his season debut with the Blues this week.
On Saturday, the final edition of the Battle of Winnipeg this season takes place at the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex. For the Blues, it will be their second game of the week, but it’s not the same for the Freeze – they have a home matchup against the Steinbach Pistons the night before.