The Neepawa Natives continued to give some exciting games over the past weekend, but weren’t able to translate any of them into a win.
Neepawa also continued its powerplay woes, going a combined 0-for-22 with the man advantage over the three-game span.
Neepawa 3 vs. Swan Valley 4 (SO)
In their first game of the 2013-14 MJHL Showcase Weekend in Winnipeg, the Natives came an overtime goal away from claiming their second win of the season.
After a scoreless first period, the Natives and Stampeders went on a five-goal scoring frenzy in the second frame, with Swan Valley coming out on top 3-2.
Henry Berger scored Neepawa’s first goal and assisted Robby Moar for the team’s second.
Neepawa’s Riley Hillis then scored a powerplay marker in the third period - assisted by Derrick Brooks and Justin Coachman - to tie the game at 3-3 and force overtime.
But the Stampeders were the ones able to find the winning goal just over 3 minutes into overtime to beat Neepawa 4-3.
Neepawa was outshot 31-25 in the game with Michael Gudmandson taking the loss in net.
Winnipeg 5 vs. Neepawa 0
The Natives weren’t able to make their second game of the Showcase weekend in Neepawa as close as their first.
Winnipeg scored once in the first, again in the second, and three powerplay markers in the third to cruise to a 5-0 win.
Overall, Winnipeg went 3-for-5 on the powerplay while Neepawa was left 0-for-4.
Tyson Verhelst took the loss in net, while the Natives were outshot 46-25.
Attendance at the game was 1,234.
Virden 2 at Neepawa 0
The Natives went scoreless for a second consecutive night on Sunday at the Yellowhead Centre.
Neepawa pressured for most of the first period and gave a good back-and-forth game in the second, but Virden scored once in each period to take a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.
The Natives then came close to lessening the goal gap in the dying minutes, pulling their goalie with just under 3 minutes left on the clock to create a 6-on-4 powerplay where the Natives sustained pressure in Virden’s end including a few scrambles in front of the net, but weren’t able to get anything by Virden goaltender Adam Iwan.
Michael Gudmandson took the loss for Neepawa. Virden outshot the Natives 35-32.