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From Shootout to Shooting the Lights Out

The Blues weekend went from one end of the spectrum (1-0 shootout win on Friday) to the other (10-6 loss on Sunday).

The Blues had plenty of chances Friday night against the visiting OCN Blizzard, firing 41 shots but all were stopped and the teams headed to overtime.  Again, the Blues outplayed everyone on OCN but the goaltender and another shootout was needed.  With the first five shooters being stopped, it was up to the Blues Jackson Keane, and he didin’t disappoint.  He slid the puck under the sliding Blizzard keeper to give the Blues a 1-0 shootout victory.

Sunday night in Portage was a different story.  The Blues had a 2-1 lead after one on goals by Jackson Keane and Gianlucca Esteves.  However, in the second, the Terriers exploded for six goals and with only two by the Blues (Taeron Lewis and Ryan Bittner), it was 7-4 Portage after 40 minutes.  Not ones to give up, the Blues fought back early in the third with two (Alex Alstensgard and Kamerin Nault) to make it a one goal game.  However, that was as close as they would get as the Terriers rebounded with three of their own to make it a 10-6 final.

Weekend notes:  Friday night’s game crowd had three exchange students watching their first hockey game.  Congrats to Carolina from Brazil who participated in the Boston Pizza Shoot To Win contest … and won!!!  First time on ice and hitting the hole to win a large Boston Pizza.  The Blues Boston Player of the game was Scott Parsons with the win while the OMG Blues hardest working player went to Gianluca Esteves.  Next up for the Blues is a visit to Dauphin on Friday and Neepawa on Saturday.