Winnipeg – The Manitoba Blizzard started quickly, but did not finish strong in losing their opening game of the Founders Cup National Junior B Lacrosse Championship Tournament in Orangeville, Ontario.
The Blizzard wound up on the wrong end of a 12-8 decision to the Seneca, New York War Chiefs who outscored the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League Champs 5-2 in the third period.
Manitoba had jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the opening 14 minutes, thanks in large part to a 3 goal performance from Tyrel Charlton. But Seneca would rally on 5 unanswered goals in a 90 second span to grab a 6-4 lead after 20 minutes.
Andy Szun scored a pair of goals for the Blizzard to tie the game 6-6 midway through the second period, and also added his 3rd of the night early in the final period to cut the War Chiefs lead to 9-8. But the Western New York squad fired home the last 3 goals of the game to pick up the win. Connor Fields had a big night for Seneca with 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points.
The Blizzard will try and regroup for their second game Wednesday Night at 7 p.m. CDT versus the host Orangeville Northmen who were 11-4 winners over the Coquitlam, BC Adanacs in their opening game.