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Thrashers use power play to earn comeback victory over Blizzard at Telus Cup

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ARNPRIOR, Ont. - The Winnipeg Thrashers scored four power-play goals in the final two periods in a 5-2 comeback win over the Seminaire Saint-Francois Blizzard on Tuesday at the Telus Cup Canadian midget hockey championship.

The win moves the West Region champions to 2-0.

Winnipeg's Cole Pruden opened the scoring just 2:59 after the opening faceoff, but Saint-Francois replied with goals from Guillaume Belanger and Dave Leclerc to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission.

The Blizzard (1-1) began to get into penalty trouble early in the middle frame, handing the Thrashers a 5-on-3 advantage that David Conrad would convert, taking a cross-ice feed from Corbin Baldwin and snapping a one-timer past an outstretched Jean-Phillipe Gagnon in the Saint-Francois goal.

Baldwin finished with three assists.

The third period was all Winnipeg, as the Pruden gave the Thrashers their first lead since early on with his second of the game on the power play, and Jesse Hall and Michael Hay added man advantage goals in the final 10 minutes to give the Manitobans a little insurance.

Winnipeg goaltender Brett Martyniuk and the Thrashers defence stood tall over the final 40 minutes, holding the Quebec champions to just 15 shots over the second and third periods. Winnipeg finished the third period with a 14-4 advantage in shots on goal, and outshot the Blizzard 32-21 overall.

In other games, the host Ottawa Valley Titans tied the Cole Harbour McCains 1-1 and the Calgary Buffaloes played to a 2-2 draw with the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves .

Stephen MacAuley salvaged a tie for Cole Harbour (0-1-1) with a third-period power-play goal. The host Titans (0-1-1) had opened the scoring in the first on a goal from Brent Bisdee.

Meanwhile, Denis Restoule scored the game-tying goal with just under nine minutes remaining as Sudbury (1-1-0) remained unbeaten.

Deven Stillar also scored for the Wolves.

Brody Sutter and Adam Thompson had power-play goals for Calgary (0-1-1).

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