The OCN Blizzard have not had a winning season since the 2017-18 campaign when they won 32 games and finished fourth in the league's regular season standings. This year, OCN is having a great campaign and they are indeed back to their winning ways. While there is plenty of season left, the Blizzard are well on their way.

The most northern team in the league is an honourable mention this week in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings. 

Once again the top MJHL team on the list is the Steinbach Pistons as they're up four spots now and are ranked third nationally. It's been all good news for Steinbach this year as Warren Clark recently committed to play Division 1 hockey at St. Cloud State and the club is on top of the league. At 15-2, the Pistons' 30 points have them tied with Portage for first in the league; however, the Pistons do have a game in hand.

They also played Portage over the weekend and it wasn't even close as the Pistons won the game 6-1. If there were any questions before that game on how good this team is, there surely aren't anymore. Paced by Ty Paisley's 29 points, Travis Hensrud's 28 and Davis Fry's 27, Steinbach is on cruise control. Steinbach has won five straight games and they have scored 19 goals in the process. On top of their win against Portage, Steinbach also beat Winkler last week and they're ranked third in the East. The Pistons play three times this week including a rematch with Portage on Friday night. They also play Niverville and the Winnipeg Freeze. 


All teams have off games. the Portage Terriers had an off game on Sunday but they also had an off game on October 19 in a 6-2 loss against Niverville. What does this mean in the end? likely nothing, this Portage team is very deep and they're very talented. With two games this week, Portage will get that chance to redeem themselves when they head to Steinbach on Friday.

They're ranked sixth nationally heading into the week and are preparing to host the Centennial Cup this year. Daniel Siso (21) and Hayden Lacquette (19) lead the way for Portage offensively and they have eight other skaters with at least 10 points.

They recently acquired Karson King in a trade with the OCN Blizzard and while King has yet to play with Portage, he is expected to report and when he does, he will be tough to stop. A native of Warren, Karson has 54 games of Western Hockey League experience with the Swift Current Broncos. He started his season this year in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League with the Stonewall Jets where he has two goals and five points in three games.

It's certainly not time to panic in Portage but fans across the league may get a true feeling for how good this team can be on Friday. 


West Division domination, that's the case for the OCN Blizzard to start the season. At 15-5-0-1, OCN has a seven-point lead atop the MGEU West. They have scored 81 goals, the second-most in the league and they're 8-1 at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre. If you have never been to the GLMC, it is the toughest arena in the league to win in and that's voted on by the players. Their penalty kill has been premium at 86.8% and their captain is having a career year.

Riley Zimmerman's 30 points (14g) are the most in the league and he has five power-play goals. A relentless worker, Zimmerman is just eight points shy of his career-high in points after he posted 38 points last year with OCN in 53 games. This is his fourth season with the Blizzard. 

The cliche saying is "defence wins championships" and if that holds true, OCN will be tough to beat. They have what most teams wish they had, a solid goaltending tandem. Ethan Farrow is 5-2 with a superb .943 save percentage to go along with a solid 1.73 goals-against average. Chase Hamm is 9-3 with a .914 save percentage to go along with a 2.51 goals-against average. Following five straight games on home ice, OCN heads on the road for a pair of games this week as they're in Virden on Wednesday and Waywayseecappo on Thursday.