Scott Rowswell lit up the scoresheet Thursday night with four goals and a helper in leading the Blues to a 7-4 victory over the OCN Blizzard.
Surprisingly, looking at the final score, the first period was scoreless. The floodgates opened up in the second as the Blues held a 5-3 lead after two. Five goals were scored in a span of four and a half minutes as Ezra Hall opened the scoring 4:03 in. With the Blues on the powerplay, Rowswell’s first of the night made it 2-0 almost six minutes in. OCN cut the deficit to 2-1 and tied it up a minute later. Before the Blizzard could enjoy their success, Rowswell’s second regained the lead for the home squad. He completed the hat trick with just over five minutes to go in the period and it was 4-2. Late in the period, the Blizzard got back within one but it only took nine seconds before Jake Stilwell would score the final goal of a wild second period and it was 5-3.
Another powerplay and another Blues goal early in the third as Kamerin Nault would seem to put the game out of reach for OCN. However they persisted and with the goalie pulled early, scored with 2:47 left to draw within two. Rowswell’s 4th of the evening, into the empty Blizzard net, made it a 7-4 final.
Game notes: The Blues Boston Pizza player of the game was Scott Rowswell with a five point night (4G – 1A). The OMG hardest working Blues player was Geordie Keane. The injuries mount as defenceman Mack Heisinger left in the 1st after being crushed into the boards and didn’t return. Another Winnipeg Wild call up showed well as d-man Mark Wilson gained plenty of ice time following the Heisinger injury and hit the scoresheet with two second period assists.