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Braeden Binda earns a hat trick as the Blues top Neepawa 5-2

Did someone say, “hat trick?”

Braeden Binda put up a hat trick tonight as the Blues topped Neepawa 5-2.

The Blues were looking for redemption after losing to Neepawa 7-4 on the road last Wednesday.

The Blues’ Binda kicked off tonight’s scoring with 2:27 left in the first. Binda was helped out by Michael Ladyman and Codey Behun, who is still riding a point streak and sits fifth in the league for total points so far this season.

Just 3:46 into the second, Dylan Cassie added to the Blues’ side of the board with a helping hand from Brayden Foreman.

Later in the second, tempers began to flare. Winnipeg’s Riley Cusack and Neepawa’s Scott Mickoski were both handed 10-minute game misconducts for throwing down their gloves and tossing some punches.

Not much later, Neepawa’s John Elliot and Winnipeg’s Devin Bulloch also earned game misconducts after a little tussle of their own.

Also in the second, Foreman set up Ladyman right by the circles and Ladyman’s shot tipped off Binda’s stick and into the back of Neepawa’s net, putting the Blues up 3-0 going into the intermission.

Neepawa’s Braden Gillies put the visitors on the board midway through the third Link with Brady Whitely on the assist.

Binda capped off (no pun intended) his hat trick with 12:10 left in the third period. Foreman and Ladyman both picked up assists on the goal.

Neepawa added another goal to their side of the board while in transition. Michael Boutoussov chipped one past Link after being fed from Nathan Driver and Ashton Klassen.

Blues’ Nathan Hillis sealed the deal for the hosts with a solo shot with just under four minutes left in the game.

Both teams play again tomorrow night (Oct. 10) as the Blues head to Waywayseecappo and as Neepawa hosts Dauphin at home.