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OCN EDGES WINKLER IN A SHOOTOUT TO BEGIN WEEKEND DOUBLE HEADER

Goaltenders Adam Vander Linden and Devon Fordyce made 75 saves combined as the OCN Blizzard beat the Winkler Flyers 1-0 in the shootout on Friday night. Blizzard forward Rhett Law scored the only goal of the six round shootout, handing the Flyers their second shootout loss in as many games.

Playing the first of two straight home games against the Blizzard, the Flyers looked to get back in the win column after falling 4-3 in a shootout to the Winnipeg Blues on Tuesday night.

 The Flyers had many great chances to score in the opening period but were unable to capitalize on their chances. The two teams skated into the first intermission scoreless despite Winkler outshooting the Blizzard 17-11 through 20 minutes.

With end to end action the entire game, both goaltenders stood tall and kept the game 0-0 throughout regulation and into the five minute overtime period. Despite the lack of goals, this contest was as exciting a game as you could ask for.

Blizzard forward Rhett Law scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shoot-out and that proved to be the difference as OCN took game one of the weekend series 1-0.

Adam Vander Linden (3-1-1), who was credited with the shut-out, made 35 saves through 65 minutes of play as the Flyers out-shot the Blizzard 40-35 throughout regulation and overtime.

Winkler went 0-for-5 on the power-play and 4-for-4 on the penalty-kill.

The two teams will go at it again Saturday night in Winkler. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm.

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