A complete effort led the Winnipeg Blues to a 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Freeze.
After Tuesday’s loss, the Blues needed a big rebound to get revenge without their captain. The cross-town rivals spent the first part of the first period feeling each other out, but eventually the Blues broke away and took control of the match.
Mike Tanchak scored late in the opening frame to give the Blues a 1-0 lead, but they couldn’t afford to let the Freeze hang around. Early in the second, Mathieu Moreira extended his goal streak up to four games to put the Blues up by two.
Penalty trouble allowed the Freeze to pull back within one, but Jake Dale struck late in the second to give the Blues a two-goal lead through two periods.
Two early goals from Eric Fawkes in the third gave the Blues control of the game. Tazio Cianflone picked up his first MJHL point with an assist on Fawkes’ first goal to cap off a great night for the Blues. The Blues finish with a 7-1 record in the Battle of Winnipeg this season.
The Blues have a huge game on tap Tuesday night – the Winkler Flyers come up to the RINK Training Centre February 15 at 7:30 p.m.