Blizzard Sweep to Stay in Playoff Hunt

The Blizzard came to play over the weekend sweeping the Bismarck Bobcats in the home and home series. 


On Friday night the Blizzard beat Bismarck 4-2 at the Larson Ice Center, the final home game against the Bobcats this season. 


In the first period the Bobcats got on the board just over six minutes into the game when the league’s leading scoring defenseman Nate Repensky capitalized on the power play opportunity. 


But the Blizzard would respond at the 13:10 mark when Wyatt Schmidt redirected Victor Munter’s pass into the back of the net. The power play goal would tie the game 1-1 going into the first intermission.


In the second period, Ryan Sete would give the Blizzard a 2-1 lead scoring with 3:33 to play in the period. Nick DeCenzo had an assist on the goal, feeding Sete the puck in the slot from behind the Bismarck net.


Conor Andrle would score two goals in the third period, one at the 2:57 mark to give the Blizzard a 3-1 lead, and the second came right before the final horn with the Bismarck net empty and on the penalty kill. 


Evan Giesler scored Bismarck’s second goal at the 14:51 mark in the period.


Connor Girard had the win in net for the Blizzard stopping 25 of 27 shots.


The momentum for the Blizzard would carry over to Saturday night in Bismarck as the Blizzard scored four goals in back-to-back nights, winning 4-3 over the Bobcats.


In the first period the Blizzard took the early lead when Jared Goudreau scored on a back door opportunity set up by Russ Jordan and Matt Hefter. 


The Blizzard would take a 2-0 lead to the locker room after Hesse scored on a short-handed breakaway opportunity.


The Bobcats would answer in the second, scoring two power play goals to tie the game 2-2. Nate Repensky would record his 39th and 40th points of the season with a goal (9:07) and an assist on Huba Sekesi’s goal at 12:20. 


Power play opportunities were the story of the third period, as the Blizzard would score two power play goals less than a minute apart in the first 6 minutes of the period.  Conor Andrle scored the first off the assists form Brandon Parker and Evan Hesse. 35 seconds later Jared Goudreau would get his second goal of the game. Joey Lindberg and Russ Jordan had the assists.


Evan Giesler would score a power play goal for Bismarck midway through the period but the Blizzard defense and goaltender Connor Girard would prevail for the 4-3 win.


Minot split over the weekend with the Minnesota Wilderness so the Blizzard currently sit six points behind the Tauros in the Central Division standings with ten games to play.


The Blizzard will take on the Minnesota Wilderness on the road twice this weekend, while Minot has two games in Austin.  Both games against the Wilderness will be broadcasted live on 107.1 The Hawk in Brookings and on line at Puck drops at 7:00pm both nights.