MATHIEU MOREIRA SCORES TWICE IN 19 SECONDS, BLUES BEAT FREEZE 4-1
Mathieu Moreira scored two goals in 19 seconds to help guide the Winnipeg Blues to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Freeze.
Both teams played good hockey through the first, trading chances while both goalies shined. Ryan Ostermann opened the scoring to extend his scoring streak to five games with his ninth as a Blue – that matches his production with the Selkirk Steelers in his first 30 games of the season.
It seemed the Freeze would hold the Blues to one goal in the first, but then Moreira had the best shift of his career.
First, he fooled Mike O’Sullivan with a tricky wrist shot to push the Blues lead up to two. Just 19 seconds later, a Mike Tanchak shot came loose from the Freeze netminder and Moreira was in the perfect spot to pound it home.
A 3-0 game could have gotten out of hand, but the Freeze played hard and refused to give up on the game. Evan Armit put together a great solo effort for his first MJHL goal to get the Freeze on the board, but the Blues wouldn’t give them anything else.
Tanchak snapped a 20-game goal drought with an empty netter to help the Blues win the first of four straight against the Freeze.
The Battle of Winnipeg continues tomorrow night when the Winnipeg Blues go to the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex to fight the Freeze at 6:15 p.m. CT. The game will be streamed live on Gametime Radio 2.
1st: Mathieu Moreira (WPB) – 2 goals
2nd: Dawson Green (WPB) – 24 saves, win
3rd: Mike O’Sullivan (WPF) – 36 saves