The Winnipeg Blues got within a goal, but the Neepawa Titans held on to their lead to double up Winnipeg 6-3 Saturday night.
Eric Fawkes scored just 25 seconds into the game, paving the way to a hot start for the Blues where they outshot Neepawa 6-1 in the first six minutes.
However, a Blues turnover inside their own zone led to a Titans goal – that goal was all Neepawa needed to flip the ice. Neepawa outshot Winnipeg 13-3 through the rest of the first, adding two more goals along the way.
Winnipeg cut the lead in half early in the second thanks to Sean Williams, but only 17 seconds after that goal, Neepawa scored to go back up by two.
Late in the period, Jake Dale scored his first MJHL goal to get Winnipeg back within one. Winnipeg’s solid second period had them set up for a chance at a comeback win.
Neepawa came into the third ready to shut Winnipeg down, and they accomplished their goal. They held the Blues off, getting a lucky bounce into the back of the Blues net for good measure. In the final two minutes, Neepawa scored an empty netter to cap off a second straight win.
During the final push with the empty net, Blues captain Brayden Foreman left the game with a lower body injury. The team has not yet defined a timeline for his recovery.
The Winnipeg Blues will look to snap their two-game skid Friday, December 10 when they welcome the Dauphin Kings to the RINK Training Centre. The two teams battled at the MJHL Showcase in Portage la Prairie on November 24 – the Kings beat the Blues 5-2 in that matchup.