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BLIZZARD START RMLL CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENSE

JULY 20, 2017


The Manitoba Blizzard start their quest for a second straight Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League championship this weekend as they square off against the Saskatchewan SWAT in games 1 and 2 of the East Regional Playoff at “The Icebox”, aka Notre Dame Arena at 271 Cathedral Avenue. Game 1 goes Saturday night at 7PM (30 minutes earlier than the usual Saturday night start time). Game 2 of the series will go Sunday afternoon at noon.

This will be the third consecutive year that the sides have squared off in the second season. In 2016, Manitoba swept Saskatchewan in their best-of-five East Regional series, winning 14-8 and 13-3 at home, then closing out the SWAT 7-5 in Saskatoon. In 2015, the teams met in a historic league championship game with Saskatchewan winning the title 13-8. The 2015 game was the first title tilt that didn’t have an Alberta team playing for the big prize.

Blizzard Head Coach Trevor Anyon had this comment on the series. “(The) SWAT added a few players late (in the season). There will be no free points in this series. We’ll have to earn them.”

BLIZZ HITS:


WE MET BEFORE THIS WEEKEND, DIDN’T WE?

The teams squared off four times over the course of the regular season with the Blizzard sweeping the season set. Manitoba won 15-10 and 15-5 at The Icebox on June 10th and 11th and picked up 11-5 and 8-6 wins in Saskatoon on July 8th and 9th.

BY THE NUMBERS (EXTENDED PLAY VERSION):

40– As in number of wins on home floor (Regular Season and Playoffs) in their four-year history.

18– A new club record for wins in a season, surpassing the previous mark of 15 in 2015.

14– As in consecutive wins. Their winning ways began on May 14th with a 9-5 victory in Red Deer. The night before, the Rampage eked out an 11-9 win.

9– Number of road wins in 2017, a club all-time best for a single season. In 2015, the Blizzard won 7 away from “The Cool Confines”.

5– Five members of the Blizzard took up the first 6 spots in the North Division Top 10 scorers list.

Captain Colin Poitras led the North with 35 goals and 66 assists for 101 points. That was only 4 points back of South Division scoring champion Colby Fraser of the Calgary Shamrocks, who recorded 52 goals and 53 assists for 105 points for the overall title.

Blaze Bezecki placed third in the division with 42 goals and 30 helpers for 72 points.

Andy Szun ended up in fourth with 26 goals and 42 assists in just 13 games after returning from Carthage College (NCAA).

Kelson Borisenko rejoined the Blizzard from the Manhattan Jaspers (NCAA) and recorded 36 goals and 29 assists for 65 points in only 13 games. That was good for fifth in the division. Kelson picked up the South Division title in 2016 with 56 goals and 50 assists for 106 points.

2– Troy Gutowski placed sixth on 28 goals and 34 assists for 62 points, appearing in all 20 Blizzard contests.2- As in Riley Maydanuk placing 2nd in the North in save percentage with a mark of .838.

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