Neepawa Natives 3 – Dauphin Kings 2
Despite having been eclipsed from the MJHL playoffs, the Neepawa Natives were determined to “say thank you to the fans”, according to Head Coach Dwayne Kirkup.
“Obviously when we win, it’s that much sweeter against the first place hockey club. I thought the fans were really treated to what’s ahead for the Neepawa Natives.”
With minimal whistles, the Kings and Natives traded goals. Brayden Cuthbert scored both for the Kings, only to be answered each time, first by Sam Houston in the second period then by Brady Bouchard in the third.
While the game remained fast-paced throughout, leading fans to believe there might be an early end to the evening’s contest, play continued past regulation time, through a scoreless overtime period, finally concluding with the Natives’ last goal of the season in front of a home crowd being scored by Jaret Smith in a shootout.
OCN Blizzard 6 - Neepawa Natives 3
The Natives concluded their season on the ice in an away game on Sunday in a game moved up to 2:00 that afternoon in anticipation of an earlier trip home, but due to a troubles with the team’s bus, the game was delayed until 4:00 p.m.
While Drake Lindsay and Sam Briscoe each found the net early, the two-goal lead was short-lived. Rhett Law scored for OCN with a minute remaining in the first period.
When play continued, Kyle McDonald scored the Natives’ final goal on the season, followed by five unanswered from the Blizzard.
Coach Kirkup said, “We were up two-zip, but they outplayed us. The boys fought till the end.”