OCN goaltender Emiliem Boily earned himself a 50 save shutout as the Winkler Flyers lost 3-0 to the Blizzard in Game Four of their MJHL Quarterfinal series. With a split of the two games up north, the Flyers will come home with a 3-1 series lead with Game Five set for Friday night at home.
After a thrilling 5-2 win in Game Three the night before, the Orange and Black were looking for the series sweep against the Blizzard. However, the Blizzard, who had a much better record at home than they did on the road this season, played with desperation trying to keep their season alive.
During a back and forth first period, OCN defenseman Brady Keeper’s shot from the point, bounced off a Flyers defenseman in front and trickled past Nathan Warren for the game’s first goal, 12:28 into the game. It was the first time all series that the Flyers had trailed in a game.
Still leading 1-0 in the second period, the Blizzard would beat Warren for a second time on one of their 26 shots in the period. It was Keeper again that who scored through a screen and OCN had a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
The third period was the best one for Winkler as they went looking for the equalizer. The Flyers’ outshot OCN 21-4 in the final period but Boily was there to stop each and every one of those shots to keep the Blizzard season alive. Bryce MacInnis scored into the empty Flyers’ net with just one second left on the clock to give the home team a 3-0 win.
Nathan Warren was good again for Winkler stopping 37 of the 39 shots we faced as the Flyers outshot OCN 50-40 overall. Winkler went 0-for-9 on the power-play and 6-for-6 on the penalty-kill.
The Flyers have nothing to hang their head about as the will bring a 3-1 series lead into Game Five in Winkler on Friday night (March 18th) with a chance to book their ticket to Round Two. Puck drop at the Winkler Recreation Complex is 7:30pm with the pregame show live on Country 88.9FM and online at www.pembinavalleyonline.com getting underway at 7:25pm.
Great Canadian Oil Change Three Stars
1st Star – G Emiliem Boily (OCN)
2nd Star – D Brady Keeper (OCN)
3rd Star – F Coltyn Bates (Winkler)
Winkler Canvas Hardest Working Flyer of the Game
F – Nolan McGuire