Ryan Ostermann scored his fifth goal against his former team in four games to give the Winnipeg Blues a 4-3 overtime win against the Selkirk Steelers.
Winnipeg opened the scoring for a second straight game with Brayden Foreman sending the water bottle flying on the power play. After a rough stretch earlier in the month, the Blues have now scored a power play goal in each of their last four games. For the second straight game, Winnipeg held the lead after the first.
In the second, the Blues ran into penalty trouble. Selkirk took advantage, tying the game two different times in the second for a 2-2 tie after two periods.
Sheldin Howard scored one of the Steelers goals, and Jordan Hughesman scored Selkirk’s second goal to extend his point streak to 13 games, tying the season lead. Mathieu Moriera scored on a five-hole slide for the Blues.
Eric Fawkes scored his first goal since returning from injury 23 seconds into the third, but this time, Winnipeg couldn’t end the game in regulation. Selkirk got a late tying goal from Connor Tyhy’s point shot to force the East Division rivals to overtime for the second time in four games.
Dawson Green made some huge saves in the first half of overtime to deny Selkirk their chances, giving his team time to get chances of their own. Foreman slid a nice feed to Ostermann out front, who ended the game with a nifty backhand dangle.
Winnipeg faces off with the top team in the East Division on Tuesday, February 1 when the Steinbach Pistons come to the RINK Training Centre for the third time this year. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.