SIOUX LOOKOUT – Sports – The OCN Blizzard jumped out to a 3-0 lead first period lead and never trailed en route to a 7-2 triumph over the Sioux Lookout Flyers Thursday in Canadian Junior Hockey League preseason play at Memorial Arena. T.J. Constant, Matthew Cameron and Garrick Gray staked the Manitoba Jr. Hockey League side to the early cushion over their Superior International Jr. Hockey League counterparts.
It was more OCN in the middle frame as they tacked on two more markers in the second stanza courtesy of tallies off the sticks of Constant and Taylor Santorelli.
Sioux Lookout stormed out of the gate in the final period striking twice before the four-minute mark to get back in it as Blake Luscome and Jacob Nolan put the Flyers on the board.
The Blizzard put the game out of reach in the late stages however as Kirk Chief and Gray added late efforts to round out the scoring.
Shots on goal favoured the visitors by a 42-29 margin with Alex Henry picking up the win and Eric Messer suffering the loss.
OCN concludes their mini-tour of the SIJHL Friday as they travel to Dryden to take on the Ice Dogs in a 7:30 p.m. start at Memorial Arena.
Meanwhile Sioux Lookout has one final preseason tune-up Saturday heading to Dryden for a 7:30 p.m. encounter with the Ice Dogs.
SIJHL preseason schedule
Sept. 7: Dryden 4 Fort Frances 1
Sept. 8: Dryden 3 Fort Frances 2 (shootout)
Sept. 13: OCN Blizzard (MJHL) 7 Sioux Lookout 2
Sept. 14: OCN Blizzard (MJHL) @ Dryden 7:30 p.m. (Memorial)
Sept. 15: Sioux Lookout @ Dryden 7:30 p.m. (Memorial)
Minnesota Wilderness @ Fort Frances 7:30 p.m. (Ice for Kids)
Sept. 16: Fort Frances @ Minnesota Wilderness 4 p.m. (Northwoods-Cloquet)