Male Championship Game - Scotiabank Saddledome
Red Deer Optimist Chiefs - 0 Regina Pat Canadians - 4
The Regina Pat Canadians came out to start the game in a dominant fashion, this came as a surprise to the fans and the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs as the Pat Canadians played a marathon game New Years eve against the New York Jr. Islanders that went to triple overtime. The Pat Canadians didn’t waste any time scoring the first goal of the game, only five minutes into the first period Jaydon Dureau fired in a quick one-timer off a perfect passing play from Chase Nameth and Matthew Culling. Around the mid-way mark of the first period the ice opened up as both teams were playing some four-on-four hockey with each team serving minor penalties. The Pat Canadians utilized this opportunity to dominate play and capitalized with Jaydon Dureau scoring his second goal of the game on a close-in rebound to backhand off of teammate Matthew Culling’s initial shot. The Pat Canadians dominated the first period and took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission; first period shots had the Chiefs with 6 and the Pat Canadians with 11.
The Pat Canadians continued their dominant play into the second period, with Matthew Culling tucking in the Pat Canadians’ third goal of the game 52 seconds into the period on a perfect behind the net pass from Jaydon Dureau, with the second assist coming from Chase Nameth. The Pat Canadians would hold their 3-0 lead for the remainder of the second period with tight defensive play limiting the Chiefs to shooting from the perimeter at tough angles. With 2:15 left in the period defenseman Kyle Budvarson of the Chiefs stopped a Pat Canadians breakaway to limit the damage. Shots in the second period were 3 for the Chiefs and 7 for the Pat Canadians.
The Chiefs had the perfect opportunity to spark some offense with the Pat Canadians taking a checking to the head penalty 2:46 into the third period. The Pat Canadians would eventually kill this penalty off and earn a power play of their own after Carter Belitiski toe-dragged around a Chiefs d-man to set up teammate Taylor Halbgewachs who was hooked and prevented from burying the goal. The Pat Canadians took full advantage of their power play and took a 4-0 lead over the Chiefs with 12:30 left in the game on a scramble goal in the crease that was banged in by Chase Nameth, with assists coming from Jaydon Dureau and Parker Hendren. Chiefs goaltender Bretton Park gave his team hope and inspiration with outstanding goaltending throughout the final frame, with a highlight reel diving cross crease paddle save to prevent a further deficit. The Chiefs almost got on the board short-handed after Pats’ goaltender Jared Thompson game out to the blue line to play the puck and mishandled it, the Chiefs fired at the empty cage and just missed wide left. As time winded down it seemed inevitable that the Pat Canadians were on their way to victory, and then as the buzzer sounded to end the game the Pat Canadians flooded the ice to celebrate their place as the Mac’s Tournament’s 40th Championship winner! Both goaltenders played a great game with Bretton Park of the Chiefs stopping 27 of 31 shots in the loss, and Jared Thompson stopping 16 shots for the shutout victory.
Players of the game were: Ryan McBeath for the Chiefs, and Matthew Culling for the Pat Canadians.
Female Championship Game - Scotiabank Saddledome
Rocky Mountain Raiders - 6 vs. Prince Albert Northern Bears - 2
In a rematch of round robin play from Saturday, the Rocky Mountain Raiders overpowered the Prince Albert Northern Bears this afternoon at the Saddledome, 6-2. The Rocky Mountain Raiders won their second consecutive championship, becoming the first female team to repeat since 2008. Raiders’ goaltender Gabrielle Durant stopped 19 shots to earn the win, while the Northern Bears Ryan Fontaine turned aside 24 pucks at the other end of the rink.
The Prince Albert Northern Bears opened up the scoring early in the first, as Camryn Amundson tapped the puck in stick side from just outside the goal-line. The goal came at 1:18, with assists going to Abby Soyko and Tobi Fontaine.
The Rocky Mountain Raiders would tie the game up at 5:36, as Isabella Pozzi took a shot from the point that was initially stopped by the Northern Bears goaltender, but fell on the goal-line and trickled in. Helpers on this goal came from Kara Kondrat and tournament points leader Mary MacDonald.
At 14:22 the Raiders would go on the powerplay, as Prince Albert’s Abby Soyko received two minutes for interference, but couldn’t capitalize on the man-advantage.
Rocky Mountain would close out the scoring for the first frame at 16:47, as Kondrat would score after her initial shot went off the post, but MacDonald picked up the rebound from the side of the net and passed it back to Kondrat in front, where she easily tapped it past the sprawling Bears goaltender. The other assist on the play went to Kondrat and Macdonald’s linemate, Chloe Puddifant.
Rocky Mountain took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, with total shots for the period Raiders 11, Northern Bears 3.
The second period opened with a lot of back and forth action, with the first real scoring chance not coming until the midpoint of the frame, as Rocky Mountain’s Athena Hauck hit the post on a 2-on-1.
Chloe Puddifant would put the Raiders on the board again at 13:21, as she backhanded the puck through the 5-hole in traffic, with an assist coming from MacDonald.
Just 36 seconds later Rocky Mountain would add another, as Josie McLeod would one-time it into the open net on a pass from Mallory Dyer, with a second assist from Laura Jardin.
In the dying seconds of the second the Raiders would pot one more, after Kondrat backhanded a pass from Puddifant just inside the post on the stick side.
Rocky Mountain headed into the second break with a 5-1 lead, and a 21-10 shots advantage.
Prince Albert would strike first in the third period, as Kassidy Kicia took a pass from Alli Soyko in front and tapped it through the 5-hole just 2:22 into the frame.
Shortly afterwards, the Raiders would get a second powerplay opportunity after the Northern Bears’ Brooklyn Anderson got two minutes for hooking, but again were unable to take advantage.
Rocky Mountain would put the game to bed late in the third, as Nicole Fry snipe a one-timer top corner from the top of the circle. The shot beat the Prince Albert goalie stick side on a pass from Breanne Trotter
Game F17 - Max Bell #2
Regina Rebels - 4 Prince Albert Northern Bears - 5
In thrilling overtime fashion the Prince Albert Northern Bears topped the Regina Rebels 5-4 Sunday afternoon in the semi-finals of the Mac’s Midget Tournament Woman’s division. It was the Bears striking first at 7:05 in the first with Miranda Heidt finding the net, but Lauren Focht of the Rebels scored minutes later to regain a tie game after one period of play.
The second period held a similar pattern with the Bear scoring first to break the tie, this time with Kate Ball tucking one in at 16:41. Less than five minutes later though it was Lauren Focht putting home her 2ND of the contest to again tie the game up. At the 7:53 mark of the 2nd, Bears forward Brooklyn Anderson beat Rebels net-minder Chantel Weller to help her team take another lead. Just as the game looked to be heading into the third with a 3-2 Bears lead, Miranda Hatt scored with 1:19 left to set up an exciting 3rd period.
The Bears scored at 13:46 of the 3rd to take yet another lead which is where the game would stay until the 0:34 marker of the frame when Rebels forward Sydney Pederson put one past Weller to force overtime.
In the overtime frame it was the Bears finding the net at 13:35 as Kate Ball scored her 2nd of the game, playing hero in this fast paced and energetic semi-final.
Game 55 - Max Bell #1 (Ken Bracko)
St. Albert Raiders - 0 Red Deer Optimist Chiefs - 1
Another battle of Alberta this afternoon in semi-final action as the Prince Albert Raiders took on the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs. The teams were evenly matched in the 1st as the period went scoreless. It was a tight defensive battle with few big scoring chances until almost half way the 3rd. The Chiefs finally got their chance at 12:15 when Rylan Burns buried the rebound off a shot from teammate Cole Muir’s shot. This one goal lead was difficult for the Chiefs to defend, especially while taking two penalties late into the third period. Even while facing adversity the Chiefs would eventually close out the game with a 1-0 victory over the Raiders. Chiefs’ goaltender Duncan Hughes stopped 14 shots for the shutout win, while the Raiders’ Mitchell Reidy stopped 18 of 19 shots. The Chiefs will face off against the winner of the Regina Pat Canadians vs. New York Jr. Islanders on New Years day at the Scotiabank Saddledome at 4:00pm MST.
Game F18 - Max Bell #2
Rocky Mountain Raiders - 3 Delta Academy Wild - 0
The Rocky Mountain Raiders didn’t waste any time in their semi-final game against the Delta Academy Wild, with Mary MacDonald scoring just over five minutes into the first period on a goal assisted by Kara Kondrat and Sierra LaPlante. The Raiders would carry their 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Just like in the first period the Raiders jumped back on the score sheet with another quick goal, scored by assistant captain Laura Jardin with the assist coming from Meg Dyer. After taking a 2-0 lead over the Wild, the Raiders ended up getting into penalty trouble late into the second period. With solid goaltending and a perfect penalty kill, the Raiders held onto their two-goal lead heading into the second intermission.
The third period had the Raiders playing a tight defensive game, working as hard as they could to hold onto their two goal lead over the Wild. This solid defensive play continued deep into the third period, and then the Raiders finally got a chance to build onto their lead when the Wild took a tripping penalty late into the third period. The Raiders would pounce on this late power play opportunity with Mallory Dyer scoring the Raider’s third goal of the game with the assists coming from Josie McLeod and Kaia Borbandy. The Raiders would eventually close out the game with a 3-0 victory over the Wild, locking in their spot to face the Prince Albert Northern Bears tomorrow at the Scotiabank Saddledome at 12:00pm MST. Both goaltenders played great with Wild goaltender Reese Hiddleston stopping 43 of 46 shots in the loss, and Stephanie Gross stopping all 20 shots for the shutout victory.
Game 56 - Max Bell #1 (Ken Bracko)
Regina Pat Canadians - 2 New York Jr. Islanders - 1
This game will be remembered as a hockey game for the ages, as both teams battled it out to triple OT to find a winner. The New York Jr. Islanders started the first period of the game with intense pressure, resulting in the Regina Pat Canadians taking two minor penalties in the first period. While on their final power play of the first period, the Islanders were able to capitalize on a Michael Costello point shot that was tipped in by teammate Tommy Condon. The Islanders almost took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission if it were not for the Pat Canadians’ Jack Glen clearing the puck off the goal line while his goaltender was down and out. The Islanders would finish out the opening frame with a 1-0 lead over the Pat Canadians.
The Pat Canadians must have re-grouped during the first intermission as they came out flying for the second period, throwing big hits and taking endless shots on the Islanders net. The Pat Canadians would have capitalized if it weren’t for the great play in net from Anthony Aureliano for the Islanders. The Islanders maintained their 1-0 lead heading into the second intermission.
The Pat Canadians would follow up their aggressive fast-paced play from the second period into the third, with the Islanders being caught off-guard and ending up in the penalty box through most of the period. The Islanders would kill off their first penalty, only to have the Pat Canadians score on their second power play with 8:39 left in the third period on a goal in close from Chase Nameth (assisted by Jaydon Dureau). The remainder had both teams trading scoring chances while their goaltenders stood tall in net, providing their team with the opportunity needed to stay in the game. This style of play from both teams would not only result in the game being tied at 1-1 and needing overtime, but three overtime periods in fact.
The first two overtime periods had both teams trading chances with the momentum swinging sporadically for each team. Late into the second overtime period the players still were making smart plays, dangling, getting powerful shots off, and both goaltenders were at the top of their game. Youthful energy proved to be legitimate after both teams were maintaining fast pace action even after playing their quarter-final games earlier in the day as well.
After it seemed like the game was going to go well into the New Year Taylor Halbgewachs finally ended it for the Regina Pat Canadians with a rocket shot from just outside the left-side faceoff dot, the marathon game ender was assisted by Eric Houk and Brayden Shaw. Both goaltenders kept their teams in the game in each overtime period and deserve massive amounts of credit, Islanders goaltender and player of the game Anthony Aureliano stopped 52 of 54 shots, while Pat Canadians goaltender Jared Thompson stopped 29 of 30 shots for the win. The Regina Pat Canadians will faceoff against the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs New for the Gold Medal game tomorrow at the Scotiabank Saddledome at 4:00pm MST.
St. Albert Raiders - 2 Calgary Northstars - 1
Quarterfinal playoff action kicked off at Ken Bracko with the St. Albert Raiders matched up against the Calgary Northstars. The Raiders struck first at 5:34 with a goal by Brady Nicholas. The Northstars answered back with less than a minute left in the 1st after Nicholas McCarry shot one in to tie it up. Brady Nicholas of the Raiders scored his second of the game to pull ahead of the Northstars. The Northstars, despite having several close chances and a solid performance by goalie Blake Pilon, couldn’t come back to tie it. The Raiders would go on to win 2-1 and advance to the semi-finals at 3:00pm at Max Bell against the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs.
Red Deer Optimist Chiefs - 3 Lethbridge Hurricanes - 1
Red Deer’s Optimist Chiefs took away a 3-1 win against the Lethbridge Hurricanes this morning at Father David Bauer, beginning the first day of the tournament’s playoffs. Shots on net for the game were 26 for Red Deer and 12 for the Hurricanes. Assisted by Tye Carriere, Red Deer’s Josh McNeil got a goal pass Hurricanes goal tender Byron Fancy with 1.4 seconds left in the first period. Cheif’s Deegan Mofford continued their lead with 8:46 left in the second period, getting their second goal with a one-timer. With 4:53 left in the final period, the Chiefs took a 3-0 lead over the Hurricanes with a goal by Daylan Kuefler, securing a spot in the semi-finals. The Hurricanes responded with a minute left in the the third with a power play goal, scored by Carson Dyck on Cheifs goal tender, Duncan Hughes, ending the game with a 3-1 score. The Chiefs advance to the semi-finals against the St. Albert Raiders at 3:00pm at Max Bell.
Calgary Buffalos - 1 New York Jr. Islanders - 4
The New York Jr. Islanders opened up scoring less than 30 seconds into the game with a quick goal by Nick Seitz in their quarter finals match up against the Calgary Buffaloes. Just 2 minutes later the Jr. Island struck again with Jack O’Leary slipping one past Buffalos goalie Berk Berkeliev. The Jr. Islands would continue on the offense when Michael Leva netted their 3rd goal of the game at 10:23. The Buffaloes responded 2 minutes later with a goal by Layne Sniher. The 2nd period and 3rd periods remained nearly scoreless until the Jr. Islanders put one more on the board with a goal by Jon Olson with 2:30 left in the game. The New York Junior Islanders advance to the semi-finals against The Regina Pat Canadians at 6:00pm at Max Bell (Ken Bracko).
Regina Pat Canadians - 3 Fraser Valley Thunderbirds - 2
The semi-final between the Regina Pat Canadians and the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds ended in an overtime thriller. It was the Thunderbirds opening the scoring at 9:28 of the first period with Jake Mulder firing one past Canadians net-minder Nathan Moore. It wasn’t until 18:42 of the second that the Canadians were able to regain a tie game when Peyton Gorski found his way on the scoresheet. Fraser Valley would retake the lead however, with Dylan Stoltz finding the net late in the 2nd period, sending the game into the third with a 2-1 score. With their chances of a semi-final appearance slipping away with the clock it would be Jayden Dureau netting the equalizer at the half way marker of the third, setting the game up for an exciting overtime frame. After back and forth action throughout the overtime it would be Matthew Culling playing hero for the Canadians, netting the winner at the 4:45 marker of overtime setting his team up with a semi-final outing against the New York Jr. Islanders. Game time is 6:00pm at Max Bell (Ken Bracko).
December 30th, 2017 - Afternoon Edition
Regina Pat Canadians - 1 vs. Calgary Northstars - 1
Both teams came into today’s game with identical 2-0-1 records, with both the Regina ats Canadians and Calgary Northstars trying to lock up first place in Pool 5 with a win. Not wasting any time, Riker Franczak of the Northstars scored 3:48 minutes into the first period, with assists coming from Nicholas McCarry and Luke Spadafora. The remainder of the first period remained scoreless, with the Northstars killing off six minutes in penalties while the Canadians killed off four minutes in penalties.
The second period was a tight checking defensive battle with both teams struggling to get any offense rolling, the second frame ended with the Northstars still in the lead 1-0.
The pointless stalemate between the Northstars and Canadians continued into the third, with both teams failing to capitalize on power-play opportunities. Shortly after the Northstars killed off a hooking penalty, Chase Nameth of the Canadians was in the perfect spot in front of the net and buried home the game tying goal (assists coming from Jaydon Dureau and Matthew Culling). Both teams finished the game trading chances but ending in a 1-1 tie. With Northstars goaltender Sam Smith stopping 28 of 29 shots, and Canadians Jared Thompson stopping 22 of 23 shots.
Prince Albert Mintos - 3 vs. Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers - 1
In action at Father David Bauer this afternoon, the Prince Albert Mintos held on to beat the Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers 3-1. Prince Albert’s Turner Rae opened up the scoring early in the first on the powerplay, assisted by Alex Moar and Austin Lamotte. Late in the opening frame, the Mintos would add another on a tally from Parker Fofonoff, with helpers from Kishaun Gervais and Jaxon Tait, for a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Midway through the second, Dylan Scriven would add some insurance for the Mintos, assisted by Josh Pillar, on the only goal of the period. The Oilers’ Hunter Maximnuk would finally put one past Mintos’ goalie Carter Woodside in the opening minutes of the third, off an assist from Jackson Kobelka, but it would be too little, too late. Okotoks goaltender Hunter Young turned aside 28 shots in the losing effort.
Hungarian National U18 - 3 vs. St. Albert Raiders - 6
The Hungarian National U18 opened the scoring at the 10:47 mark, with a goal coming from Botond Fekete (assist coming from Mate Seregely). Minutes later the Raiders stormed back and tied the game up at 1-1 on a goal from Eddie Gallagher (assisted by Austin Spiridakis and Brock Bartholomew). The Hungarians pushed the pace at the end of the first, closing out the period with a 2-1 lead on a goal from Ferenc Kozma (assisted by Mate Seregely and Adam Falus).
The Raiders must have regrouped during the first intermission as they came out flying, lead by Eddie Gallagher who earned a hat trick on a two goal second period performance, with Zachery Carlson also scoring for the Raiders to give them a 4-2 lead going into the second intermission.
Hungary started the third period by giving the Raiders a scare with a quick goal from Milan Horvath 1:12 into the period. With the gave now at 4-3, the Raiders amped up their play to prevent Hungary from stealing back their earlier lead. The Raiders were able to score two goals in quick succession before the midway point of the final frame, with goals coming from Xavier Halterman and Zachery Carlson. The Raiders continued to hold off Hungary for the remainder of the game, winning 6-3.
Rocky Mountain Raiders - 3 vs. Prince Albert Northern Bears - 1
The Rocky Mountain Raiders took advantage of some strong goaltending to overcome the Prince Albert Northern Bears at Max Bell Arena this afternoon. Prince Albert’s Jadyn Kushniruk scored just over a minute into the opening frame, assisted by Abby Soyko and Camryn Amundson. The lead would be short-lived, as Rocky Mountain’s Emma Borbandy would net a power play marker less than two minutes later to knot it up at one, with Kara Kondrat and Chloe Puddifant providing the helpers. In the dying minutes of the first, the Raiders would take the lead on the first of two goals from Kondrat, with assists from Mary MacDonald and Puddifant. The score would remain at 2-1 for the Raiders until the final seconds of the third period, as Kondrat would pot an empty-netter to put the game away, on assists from Nicole Fry and Puddifant. Rocky Mountain goaltender Gabrielle Durante stood strong between the pipes, stopping 25 pucks for the win, while Northern Bears’ keeper Ryan Fontaine turned away 13.
Saskatoon Contacts - 5 vs. Red Deer Optimist Chiefs - 2
The Saskatoon Contacts capitalized on a big game from Alexander Morozoff to get past the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs 5-2 this afternoon at Flames Community Arenas. Morozoff opened up the scoring for Saskatoon early in the first frame, with an assist coming from Jordon Bairos. Teammate Davin Griffin would follow that up with a goal in the latter half of the period, assisted by Morozoff and Bairos, for a 2-0 Saskatoon lead heading into the second. Red Deer’s Hunter Leslie answered back quickly to start off the second period, bringing the Chiefs back within one, on assists from Adam Heindel and Sean Michaelevich. Morozoff would answer back with his second goal of the game just a few minutes later with a helper from Tristan Shewchuk, to put the Contacts’ lead back at two. This was followed up shortly by Griffin’s second of the night, with assists coming from Luke Penner and Morozoff, putting Saskatoon on top at 4-1 early in the second frame. Red Deer’s Rylan Burns netted another goal for the Chiefs late in the second from Cade Mason and Leslie, but it wouldn’t be enough to get them back in the game, as the Contacts still had a 4-2 lead at the second intermission. Morozoff would finish off his hat trick on an empty netter with just over a minute left in the game, to finish off a 5-point afternoon, with an assist coming from Jack Mitchell.
Knights of Columbus Pats - 4 vs. Calgary Buffaloes - 4
The Calgary Buffaloes came out strong to start the game, scoring the first two goals of the period on goals coming from Justin Ross (assisted by Zach Ashton and Ozzy Weisblatt) and Chad MacLean scoring on tip from a Ryan Shostak point shot on the power play. The Pats would then follow up the Buffaloes with a first period goal of their own coming from Massimo Neri (assisted by Cole Gupta and Trent Campbell). Wanting to add some insurance for the Buffaloes, Michael Makarenko scored the final goal of the period giving the Buffaloes a 3-1 lead, with the assist coming from Ryan Shostak.
Although not full of scoring, the second period was full of action with both teams trading scoring chances. The only goal of the second period came from the Pats’ Austin Cardinal, who tipped in his power play goal from teammate Trent Campbell’s point shot. The second period ended with a score of 3-2 for the Calgary Buffaloes.
The third period started with a scare for the Buffaloes after the Pats’ Jake Aston sniped a snapshot in for a goal just under three minutes into the final period. The Buffaloes would then take the lead back under two minutes later, on an unassisted goal from Layne Sniher. With the lead back at 4-3 for the Buffaloes, the game grew more intense by the minute, with hits getting heavier and every scoring chance getting more dramatic. The Pats continued to pressure the Buffaloes throughout the third period, with team captain Mitchell Vaillant scoring the game tying goal on a play that had Dario Neri and Liam Glover earning assists. The remaining 11 minutes remaining in the 4-4 tie game held some huge save fom both goaltenders, as both teams attempted to close out the tournament with a victory. The came ended with the Pats and Buffaloes tied at 4-4. Buffaloes goaltender Garin Bjorklund stopped 19 saves on 23 shots, while Pats goaltender Braedan Stephen made 27 saves on 31 shots.
Vancouver NW Giants - 3 vs. Calgary Flames - 0
The Vancouver NW Giants capitalized on some strong goaltending to shut out the Calgary Flames 3-0 at Father David Bauer Arena this afternoon. Vancouver captain Logan Doust opened up the scoring midway through the first frame, assisted by Tyler Cristall and Christian Buono. The Giants’ Ben Landon would add a power play marker late in the period, with helpers coming from Buono and Doust. The final goal of the game would come midway through the second, as Vancouver’s Cooper Connell slid one past the flames netminder, with assists coming from Buono and Jason Chu. Giants’ goaltender Niklas Hoem stonewalled the Flames on 29 shots enroute to the win, while Calgary’s Riley Fonger turned away 32.
Greater Vancouver Canadians - 2 Lethbridge Hurricanes - 3
The first period between the Canadians and Hurricanes was power play battle, with the Canadians coming out on top taking a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a power play goal from Michael Tersigni (assisted by Garrett Wicks and Marcus Pantazis).
The second period was an aggressive physical battle between both teams, with players crossing the line one too many times. The Canadians took 16 minutes in penalties, while the Hurricanes took only two minutes in penalties.
The Hurricanes finally got on the board just under four minutes into the third period, on a power play goal from Daniel Anton. With the game now tied up at 1-1, Danny Pearson took a 2-1 lead back for the Canadians on a power play goal of his own. Now trailing, the Hurricanes didn’t give up, with their no quit attitude resulting in the game being tied back up at 2-2 on a Ronan Seeley power play marker with 8:55 left in the game. With the game tied up, both teams fought hard to take the win. In dramatic fashion Michael Horon scored with 39 seconds left, winning the game 3-2 for the Hurricanes.
Delta Academy Wild - 0 vs. Regina Rebels - 2
The first period held no scoring for both the Delta Academy Wild and the Regina Rebels, with the Rebels killing off the only penalty of the period.
The second period held an offensive stand still for the majority of the period, until Sydney Pedersen of the Rebels broke the 0-0 tie on a power play goal that was assisted by Raina Phillips and Larissa Bohlken. The Rebels would hold their 1-0 lead into the second intermission.
The Rebels had a struggle on their hands early in the third period when they were forced to defend their 1-0 lead on a four minute checking to the head call. After killing off the penalty, the Rebels utilized this momentum to score another insurance marker on a goal from Jenna Merk (assisted by Samantha Sichkaruk and Ally Kosteniuk). The Rebels would hold of the Wild to close out the game 2-0. Both goaltenders played excellent games with Wild goaltender Reese Hiddleston stopping 25 of 27 shots, and Rebels goaltender Sadie Hastings stopping all 31 shots for the shutout win.
December 30, 2017 - Morning Edition
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds - 5 Tisdale Trojans - 3
Hoping to clinch a playoff spot, the Thunderbirds came out in full force this morning at Ken Bracko. They tallied their first goal at 12:30 by Jackson Mainse. They continued on the offense with a shorthanded goal by Gage Gonglaves with a minute left in the 1st. The Thunderbirds took a 3 goal lead in the 2nd period as Gage Gonglaves buried his second of the game past Trojans goalie Tanner Martin. Minutes later Thunderbirds’ Ethan Bowen slipped another one goal in to solidify a strong lead over the Trojans. Thirsty for that playoff spot, the Thunderbirds didn’t let up as Andrew Sorenson brought them to a 5-0 lead. At 2:47 the Trojans got on the board with a power play goal by Zach Smith. The Trojans refused to go down without a fight as David Wiens and Kalen Ukrainetz both scored with minutes remaining in the game. However, the Thunderbirds came away with a 5-3 win. This brings the Thunderbirds to a 3-1-0 record and the Trojans to 1-3-0 in round robin.
Carolina Jr. Hurricanes- 2 Swift Current Legionnaires- 7
The Swift Current Legionnaires topped the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes 7-2 Saturday afternoon at Father David Bauer in the final day of the round robin at the Mac’s Tournament. Scoring opened up 1:30 into the first period with Swift Current forward Rin Beny putting one home. The Legionnaires added to the lead with Reed Jacobson scoring with 2:59 remaining in the first for the 2-0 lead. The Jr. Hurricanes responded though, with Garrett Auriene notching a goal with 2:09 left in the first.
The second period began with a game tying goal from Garrett Auriene’s 2nd of the game. Soon after, the Legionnaires found a burst of offensive, responding with three goals in the frame. Goal scorers included Rhett Gibson, Maclaren Gross and Riley Dekowny, sending Swift Current into the 3rd with a 5-2 advantage.
Hurricanes goaltender stood tall in the 3rd, as his team’s offense continued to shine. Dekowny buried his 2nd of the game at the 16:51 mark and Rin Beny scored at 14:03, also capping off a two-goal night in the Legionnaires 7-2 victory.
Valley West Hawks- 5 Ontario Jr. Reign- 1
The Valley West Hawks topped the Ontario Jr. Reign in a one-sided contest Saturday morning at Flames Community Arena. Being the last round robin day the Macs Midget tournament, both teams were eager for a win leading up the playoff crossover. Scoring began at the 12:43 mark of the first period when Cam MacDonald scored a power play tally to establish an early lead for the Hawks. The lead was extended curtesy of Noah Taron, beating Reign net-minder Sam Kjos at the 4:59 mark of the first. After a scoreless second, it was Ontario slicing the two-goal deficit in half as Mikey Corrin fired one past Jayden Shull at the 11:28 point of the third. The Reign’s pressure soon faded and the Hawks picked up where they left off after the second, tallying three more goals before the final buzzer. One even strength marker from Justin Sourdif, and two power play goals from Caden Creasy and Nolan Krogfoss. The Reign continued to fight hard, but it was the Hawk’s getting the best of them in the 5-1 final.
Swift Current Wildcats-4 Fraser Valley Rush- 2
The Swift Current Wildcats faced off against the Fraser Valley Rush in the woman’s divisions of the Mac’s tournament Saturday morning. The Wildcats struck first in the 1st period with Trista Labarowski burying one on Rush goaltender Jordyn Verbeek at 6:19.
Scoring resumed in the 2nd period with Rush forward Hayley Chang tying the game 1-1 just forty seconds into the frame. The Wildcats would regain the lead at the 8:27 mark with Brynne Doerksen finding her way on the scoresheet. An insurance marker would be added 5 minutes later by Wildcat’s forward Taylor Lind, scoring a shorthanded goal and sending the game into the 3rd with a 3-1 Wildcat lead.
The Rush cut the lead to 1 goal just under 5 minutes into the 3rd with Katie Chan beating Harper Davey for the 3-2 score, but it would be as close as the Rush would come. Less than one minute after Chan’s tally, the Wildcats responded when Kenedee Klevgaard sealed the deal at the 14:20 marker, capping off a 4-2 victory.
December 29, 2017 - Evening Edition
Swift Current Wildcats - 0 vs. Regina Rebels - 2
This late afternoon game was a low-scoring affair. Both teams played to a scoreless tie after the first period. The second period was chippy: Regina was called for six minor penalties while Swift Current was tagged with three minors. With just under six minutes left in the second period, Regina’s Lauren Focht tallied with a powerplay goal. Regina’s Julia Morelli scored an even strength marker about four minutes into the third period. Apparently, that was all the scoring Regina needed to close out the game. Despite holding three powerplay opportunities in the third period, Swift Current was unable to solve Chantel Weller’s stellar goaltending. Weller turned away 21 shots for the shutout while Swift Current’s Amaya Giraudier faced 28 shots.
Airdrie CFR Bisons - 1 vs. Calgary Northstars - 2
This early evening game was another low-scoring affair. With four minutes left in the first stanza, Calgary’s Grayson Reid scored an even-strength goal. During the second period, the Bisons ran into penalty trouble. With Airdrie’s Jacob Cathart off for hooking, Calgary’s Eric Van Impe capitalized with a powerplay marker seven minutes into the second period. With the Northstars’ Matthew Dyck off for tripping, the Bisons pulled within a goal with a powerplay tally from Jake Petrie about five minutes later. There was no scoring in the third period as Calgary held on for a 2-1 win. Airdrie’s Braeden Mitchell faced 32 shots while Northstar goalie Blake Pilion saw 18 shots.
Ontario Junior Reign - 0 vs. Regina Pat Canadians -3
The early evening game at FDB was a low-score and low-shot contest. With Ontario’s Dylan Hougland off for tripping late in the first period, Regina’s Eric Houk potted a powerplay marker about a minute into the second period. About four minutes later, the Canadians’ Leighton Marion pots an even-strength goal to give Regina a 2-0 lead. Regina’s Jaydon Dureau assisted on both goals. The Reign were unable to solve Regina’s solid goaltending, and Regina’s Adam Herold closed out the game with a short-handed goal with 36 seconds remaining in regulation time. Ontario’s Jordan Eisenmann faced 18 shots while the Canadians’ Nathan Moore turned away 11 shots for the shutout.
Delta Academy Prep - 5 vs. Calgary Fire - 2
After a scoreless first period, the Calgary Fire ran into penalty troubles in the second period with six minor penalties. With Calgary’s McKenna Bolger off for interference, Delta’s Jennifer Andrash replied with a powerplay goal 1:32 into the second period. With about five minutes left in the second, Calgary ties the game on a powerplay goal from Emily Johnston while Delta’s Faithe Harris was off for holding. Delta pulled ahead 2-1 about 30 seconds later when Delta’s Andrash scored another powerplay goal while Fire’s Skyler Wiltsie was serving a tripping penalty. Less than a minute later, Calgary ties the game on Johnston’s second marker. The Fire’s Mary Hirsch and Mackenzie Lausberg assisted on both Calgary goals in the second stanza. Despite enduring their own penalty woes in the third period with six minor penalties, Delta’s Chanreet Bassi scores a powerplay goal with 6;17 left in the third period to give Delta the lead again. The Fire didn’t have a response in the third as Delta closed the game with two empty-net goals including Andrash’s hat-trick goal. Delta’s Andrash finished with three goals and one assist, Bassi had one goal and three assists, and Macy Young contributed three assists. Delta outshot Calgary 24 to 21.
Cariboo Cougars - 3 vs. Calgary Buffaloes - 5
The Calgary Buffaloes took advantage of a couple of third period goals to power through the Cariboo Cougars 5-3 tonight at Ken Bracko Arena. Cariboo took advantage of an early power play in the first to open the scoring in the first period on a goal from Brandon Dent. The Cougars’ Brennan Malgunas added another power play marker near the end of the opening frame, to give Cariboo a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission. The Buffaloes would finally solve Cariboo netminder Marcus Allan midway through the second period on a power play goal from Drae Gardiner. Just over 3 minutes later, the Cougars’ Hunter Floris would answer back with a short-handed tally, regaining his team’s two-goal advantage. The lead would be short-lived, as Calgary would score two quick goals before the period ended, with Cameron Sterling scoring top-corner glove side on a backhander followed by captain Sam Anderson’s short-handed marker, making the game tied at 3 heading into the third. The Buffaloes would carry the momentum into the third, with Josh Lester scoring the eventual game-winner just before the halfway point. Calgary’s Layne Sniher added an empty net goal in the dying minutes of the game to give the Buffaloes some insurance. Cariboo’s Allan made 49 saves on the night, with Calgary’s Berk Berkeliev turning aside 14 shots.
Red Deer Optimist Chiefs - 5 vs. Belarus National U17 -3
Belarus opened the scoring about seven minutes into the game on a strike by Yevgeni Oksentyuk. Belarus struck again about 90 seconds later on a goal by Yegor Buyalski. Red Deer replied with its first goal from Brett Meerman about five minutes left in the first stanza. Just over a minute into the second period, the Optimist Chiefs tied the game on a short-handed marker by Cade Mason. The U17s pulled ahead 3-2 with 32 seconds left in the second on Oksentyuk’s second tally of the game. Almost three minutes into the third period, Red Deer tied the game again on another short-handed goal by Kyle Budvarson. With about 8;30 left in the game, Red Deer pulled ahead 4-3 on a goal by Keenan Smith. Two minutes later, Red Deer pulled ahead by two on a powerplay goal by Josh McNeil to close out the game 5-3.
December 29, 2017 - Afternoon Edition
Swift Current Legionnaires - 5 Knights of Columbus Pats - 2
It was an evenly matched first period as the Swift Current Legionnaires took on the Knights of Columbus Pats. The Legionnaires’ Hunter Lamb scored late in the first with 40 seconds left in the period. The Legionnaires then took a 2 goal lead as Jacob Pillar put one in at 11:30. Cordell Coleman got on the board for the Pats at 7:55 in the 2nd. Lucas Ochitwa of the Legionnaires answered back to put them up 3-1 over the Pats at the end of the 2nd. The Legionnaires kept pushing into the 3rd with Jacob Pillar’s second of the game. The Pats didn’t give up as Mitchel Vaillant was able to put one past Legionnaires’ goaltender Cody Levesque. With 33 seconds left in the game Hunter Lamb scored an empty net goal to put the Legionnaires up 5-2 over the Pats. The Legionnaires are now at 1-1-1 and the Pats are at 2-1-0 in round robin standings.
Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers - 3 Lethbridge Hurricanes - 6
A battle of southern Alberta saw the Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers match up against the Lethbridge Hurricanes early this afternoon. The Hurricanes started things off early with a goal from Ridly Greig at 19:25. Michael Horon followed with a goal for the Hurricanes at 8:47. The Hurricanes’ Kye Buchanan scored the lone 2nd period goal on the power play at 8:24. Gibb Coady of the Oilers was able to net one 12 minutes into the 3rd period. The Hurricanes then charged on the offense with Griffin Fraser, Tayler Miller and Keegan McDowell netting 3rd period goals. But, the Oilers didn’t let down, managing to sneak one more in with 11 seconds left in the game. The Hurricanes are now 2-0-1 and the Oilers are 1-1-1 in a tight Pool 4.
Prince Albert Northern Bears - 2 Vancouver Island Seals - 1
Fans were treated to a hard fought battle at Max Bell #2 this afternoon when the Prince Albert Northern Bears squared off against the Vancouver Island Seals. It wasn’t until 3 minutes left in the period that the Bears were able to put one on the board with a goal by Abby Soyko. The fast pace continued into the second when Kassidy Kicia tallied a second one for the Bears giving them a 2 goal lead over the Seals. The Seals fought back halfway through the 3rd when Ally Goupil slipped one past Bears goaltender Lexi Beuker. The Bears were able take the game 2-1 with an impressive performance by goaltender Olivia Davis stopping 32 shot. The Bears stand at 2-0-1 and the Seals are at 0-0-4 in round robin.
Hungarian National U18 - 4 Tisdale Trojans - 1
The Hungarian National U18 and the Tisdale Trojans came out in full force as the Nationals won their first of the tournament 4-1. The Trojans took the first goal of the game from Cade Hayes at 18:11. They kept the lead for most of the period until Mate Seregely put one in for the Nationals at 2:50. The Nationals kept on the offense with a goal 4 minutes into the 2nd period from Mark Almasi. Laszlo Horvath would get the last of the 2nd period at 11:05. The Nationals would get their 4th and finals goal early in the 3rd as Patrick Kemeny got one past Trojans goalie Roddy Ross. The Nationals now sit at 1-2-0 and the Trojans also sit at 1-2-0 in round robin.
The Hungarian Nationals will play in a special exhibition game on December 31, 2017 at Max Bell #2 against the Canadian Women’s Olympic team. Game time is 10:30 a.m.
Calgary Royals - 3 Fraser Valley Thunderbirds - 5
Father David Bauer afternoon action matched the Calgary Royals against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. It was a tight 1st period as the Thunderbirds took the first goal at 12:21 by Ethan Bowen. The Royals came close behind with a short-handed goal executed by Alec Fader 3 minutes later. The Thunderbirds dominated the 2nd with Justin Plett and Gage Gonclaves both netting goals. The Royals came out strong in the 3rd with Jackson Hogg putting one past Thunderbirds goalie Dawson Pelletier at 16:37. The Thunderbirds continued with their 3rd goal on the power play after Travis Halladay put one in at 9:24. The Royals didn’t give up as they tallied one more from Andres Bridgewater at 3:09. The Thunderbirds slipped another one in with 11 seconds left solidifying a 5-2 win over the Royals. The Royals finished the round robin 2-2-0 and the Thunderbirds go into their last game 2-1-0.
December 29, 2017 - Morning Edition
Vancouver NW Giants - 6 Saskatoon Contacts - 6
The NW Vancouver Giants came back from a 6-2 deficit to tie the Saskatoon Contacts 6-6 this morning at Ken Bracko Arena. The Contacts opened up scoring at 18:24 in the first with a goal from Caleb Cherry. The NW Giants answered back on the power play with a tally by Christian Buono at 7:53. The Contacts would then take a 3-1 lead with goals from Tyson Janzen and Alexander Morozoff late in the 1st. The Contacts secured a stronger lead at 15:32 in the 2nd with Cherry’s second goal of the game. The NW Giants pushed back with a goal by Jimmy Darby at 9:01. Davin Griffin of the Contacts netted one at 7:16 followed by their final goal by Cole Beamin 2 minutes later. Kyle Jennings helped keep the NW Giants in the game with a goal at 1:30 left in the 2nd period. The NW Giants started their comeback 3 minutes into the 3rd as Christian Buono got his second of the game. They kept on fighting to put them on the brink of tying the game at 13:26 with a goal from Alek Sukunda. The NW Giants secured the tie as Cooper Connell put one past Contacts goaltender Chase Hamm at 6:31 in the 3rd.
Greater Vancouver Canadians- 5 New York Jr. Islanders- 6
The Greater Vancouver Canadians squared off against the New York Jr. Islanders Friday morning in a thrilling, high scoring affair at the 2017-18 Mac’s Major Midget tournament. The Jr. Islanders opened the scoring at 13:54 of the first, curtesy of Rocco Dicostanzo, firing one past Canadians net-minder Jesse Makaj. Just over one minute later Canadians forward Radek Hewson buried one to even up the game a one goal-a-piece. Each team would add another goal before the end of the frame, Hayden Hurst for Greater Vancouver and Anthony Bernardo for New York, setting up the second with a 2-2 tie. The second period featured an offensive explosion from the Jr. Islanders, capping off 3 goals in the frame, whilst just allowing one against. Matthew Minerva began the second period flurry at the 12:07 marker, with Michael Leva and Nick Seitz also finding the score sheet. Keeping the score close for the Canadians was Gabriel Parent, beating Islanders goalie Jacob Zacharewicz at 10:34, leading teams into the third with a 5-3 score in favour of New York. The Greater Vancouver Canadians made it interesting in the third frame, with Micheal Tersigni solving the Islanders net-minder at 13:09 for a 5-4 deficit, but at the 8:01 mark the Islanders would regain the two-goal lead with Matthew Amante firing one home. With 3:50 left in the frame Canadians forward Marcus Pantazis would score to make it 6-5 but it would be as close as they would come as the New York Jr. Islands top the Greater Vancouver Canadians.
December 28, 2017 - Evening Edition
Calgary Fire - 1 Prince Albert Northern Bears - 1
The Calgary Fire and Prince Albert Northern Bears were both held scoreless throughout the first period. Both teams had ample power play opportunities, with the rough play having the fire in the box for 8 minutes of the first and the Northern Bears with four minutes in penalties.
The penalty trouble continued with both teams visiting the box frequently, yet still neither team was able to capitalize on the power play. Just when it looked like both teams were going to finish the second period scoreless, Jadyn Kushniruk of the Northern Bears buried a goal with 3:36 left in the second period on a pass from Camryn Amundson. The Northern Bears 1-0 lead would be short lived, with just 1:57 left to go in the period Mary Hirsch of the Fire scored a clutch goal to tie up the game at 1-1 (assists coming from Emily Johnston and Mackenzie Lausberg).
The third period showed no slowing down in the rough play with both teams taking 14 minutes in combined penalties. Neither team was able to score in the third with both goaltenders doing their jobs to end the game in a 1-1 draw. Ryan Fontaine of the Northern Bears stopped 18 shots, with Katie Crowther stopping 9 total shots for the Fire.
Valley West Hawks - 2 Calgary Northstars - 2
The Calgary Northstars started the game out strong, taking the lead at the 6:50 mark in the first period on a goal from Nicolas Porterfield (assisted by Ryan Wallz). The Northstars were able to shut down the Valley West Hawks for most of the first period, until Kabir Gill tied the game up for the Hawks with only 1:09 left in the first on a goal assisted by Cam MacDonald. Only 16 seconds later Justin Sourdif scored another one for the Hawks, stealing the momentum from the Northstars and giving the Hawks a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
The second period had both teams trading scoring chances, with the Hawks putting a scoring chance just over the crossbar, and the Northstars missing wide on an open net with the goalie down. An exciting second period ended scoreless, with the Hawks still in the lead 2-1.
Both teams played a back and forth defensive battle throughout the first half of the third period, with both goaltenders standing tall for their teams. Just after the Hawks had killed off an interference penalty, the Northstars were able to continue to build momentum and buried a quick even strength marker on a Brendan Adams one-timer setup from a perfectly placed pass from teammate Lucas Jones. With the game tied 2-2, both goaltenders continued to steal the show and keep their team in the game. Hawks goaltender and player of the game Josh Dias stopped 39 shots, while the Northstars Sam Smith stopped 18 shots in the draw.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds - 1 St. Albert Raiders - 5
The St. Albert Raiders didn’t waste any time getting into this game, with Captain Mason Rezewski scoring one minute and thirty seconds into the game (assisted by Cameron Aucoin and Eddie Gallagher). Just 22 seconds later Aidan West gave the Raiders a 2-0 lead over the Thunderbirds on a goal assisted by Brett Bamber and Erik Boers. The Raiders continued to play solid defensively, holding their 2-0 lead into the second period.
The second period had both teams taking plenty of penalties; the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds not only kept the Raiders in check on the penalty kill, but used that momentum to capitalize with the only goal of the second period coming from a Will Dow-Kenny un-assisted marker. The Raiders maintained their 2-1 lead to finish out the second period.
The third period began with the Thunderbirds making a goaltending change to start the period, starter Dawson Pelletier was replaced by Gabe Beingessner. The Raiders took full advantage of a cold goalie and scored three more goals before the midway mark of the third frame, with goals coming from Xavier Halterman (assisted by Stuart Dovey and Eddie Gallagher), Blake Sydlowski (assisted by Zachery Carlson), and Brett Bamber (assisted by Carson Henry and Zachery Carlson). Raiders’ goaltender Evan Fradette had an outstanding game, stopping 33 of 34 shoots in the 5-1 Raiders victory.
Rocky Mountain Raiders - 5 Fraser Valley Rush - 0
The Fraser Valley Rush started the game by getting into some penalty trouble early, Mary McDonald took advantage of the power play and scored her first goal of the game. McDonald followed up her power play goal with her second goal of the game with only four minutes left in the first period, line mate Kara Kondrat earning assists on both of McDonalds goals.
The Raiders were able to kill off three penalties in the second period, and scored three more goals throughout the period. With the Raiders’ goals coming from Laura Jardin, Chloe Puddifant, and captain Breanne Trotter. Rush goaltender Jordyn Verbeek played outstanding in the loss, stopping 37 of 42 shots. While Raiders’ goaltender Stephanie Gross stopped 13 shots to earn the shutout.
Calgary Flames - 3 Belarus National U17 - 2
The male feature game of the day lived up to its billing, both the Calgary Flames and Belarus National U17 came to play in a game that was full of back-and-forth action. The first period started out with both teams trading chances and bringing heavy physical play and big hits on each shift. The earliest chance coming from a Flames blast that squeezed through the Belarus goaltenders five-hole only to be cleared off the goal line by defenseman Artyom Volchenkov. This play seemed to spark the Belarus Nationals, as shortly after Matvei Kurilovich broke into the Flames’ zone and cut across the crease and tucked in a quick backhand goal to give Belarus a 1-0 lead at the end of the first period.
The second period opened up with both teams taking penalties and trading chances. At the midway mark of the second period Eric Martin of the Flames jumped on a lose puck and chipped it over the sprawling Belarus goaltender to tie the game up at 1-1. Minutes later the Flames followed up with another quick goal on a one-timer from Brayden Morrison off of a beautiful behind the net pass from line mate Evan Patrician. The Flames would hold onto the 2-1 lead going into the third period.
Belarus did not waste any time in the third period, with Yegor Buyalski firing a laser of a shot off the post and in to tie the game at 2-2. As the game wound down, both teams traded chances with the game looking like it would be ending in a tie. And then with only 29 seconds left Hunter Nelson of the Flames buried the rebound off of a shot on net from teammate Connor Brock. Flames’ goaltender and player of the game Brett Balas came up huge in the win, stopping 34 of 36 shots to allow his team to get their lead back and win the game in clutch fashion.
Calgary Royals - 3 Tisdale Trojans - 1
In a penalty filled first period, both the Calgary Royals and Tisdale Trojans were able to kill off all penalties and keep the game even at 0-0 going into the first intermission.
The Royals stepped up their offense to start off the second period and it paid off with Alex Heal scoring 1:42 into the period on a goal assisted by captain Andres Bridgewater. The Royals found themselves in penalty trouble, taking eight minutes in penalties throughout the period. The strong play of the Royals penalty kill unit was able to shut down Tisdale on the power play and maintain their 1-0 lead at the end of the second period.
The Trojans would eventually fight back seven minutes into the third period with Liam Rutten scoring on a goal that was assisted by Luc Marleau and Carter Lake. The tie game would not last long with Ben Zioty of the Royals scoring a quick goal off the faceoff (assisted by Tyler Winquist and Nathaniel Bierd). The Royals would keep up the pressure with a follow up goal from Andres Bridgewater (assisted by Nathaniel Bierd), locking in the 3-1 victory for the Royals.
December 28, 2017 - Afternoon Edition
Calgary Buffaloes - 15 Carolina Jr. Hurricanes - 1
The Carolina Jr. Hurricanes remained determined right to the end as they were defeated 15-1 and outshot 54-8 by the Calgary Buffaloes in early afternoon action at Ken Bracko. The Buffaloes dominated the first period with Cameron Sterling recording two goals. The Jr. Hurricanes got on the board early in the second with their lone goal by Ryan Henry. Justin Ross of the Bisons earned a hat trick scoring twice in the 2nd period and once early in the 3rd as well as 2 assists. Jr. Hurricanes goaltenders Mike Beck and Varun Atree both stood on their heads facing a combined total of 54 shots.
Greater Vancouver Canadians - 7 Prince Albert Mintos - 0
Scoring opened 5 minutes into the game with a goal by Mintos’ forward #17 Hunter Schnell with helpers from assistant captain #3 Alex Moar and #7 Luke Nkwama. Not long after #3 Moar put the Mintos up 2-0. 2 minutes remaining in the 1st period #12 Kyrell Sopofyk increased the Mintos’ lead to 3-0 with assists from assistant captain #19 Austin Larmotte and #10 Josh Pillar. Mintos offence continued to dominate as the Mintos put up 2 more goals for the team, with both goals scored in the second period by #14 Parker Fofonoff. 2 minutes into the third period, #16 Kishaun Gervals put the Mintos up 6-0 with assists from #20 Jaxon Tait and #14 Fofonoff. :06 seconds remaining in the game Moar put up his 4th point of the game with a snipe in a Mintos’ powerplay. Goalie #35 Elliot Marshall of the Canadians saved 22 shots. #30 Cale Elder saved all 16 shots for Prince Albert. Mintos take their 1st win of their tournament with a 7-0 win against the Greater Vancouver Canadians.
Vancouver Island Seals - 0 Delta Academy Prep - 4
1st period scoring began with captain of Delta Academy Prep #15 Macy Young tucking one in with assists from assistant captain #16 Steph Moy and #20 Faithe Harris. Later in the game, with 5 minutes remaining in the 2nd period, #22 Chanreet Bassi put Delta with a 2-0 lead with a helper from #14 Andrash. Seals remained scoreless in the third period as Delta took advantage putting up 2 more goals in the third period, both scored by #11 Baie Marcantonio. Seals' goalie Amy Hassel saved 20 shots and Delta's goalie Reese Hiddleston stopped all 12 shots, ending the game with a shutout. Delta Academy Prep takes their 1st win of the tournament, 4-0.
Red Deer Optimist Chiefs - 4 Vancouver NW Giants - 2
It was another nail-biter this afternoon as the Red Deer Chiefs took on the Vancouver NW Giants. The Chiefs opened up the scoring halfway through the 2nd period with a tally from Deegan Mofford on the power play. Ryan McBeath then notched a second goal for the chiefs 2 minutes later. The Chiefs took a 3-0 lead at 13:04 in the 3rd period. The Giants answered that goal as Jimmy Darby netted one past Chiefs goaltender Bretton Park at 11:03. The chiefs then scored again just over a minute later to bring them on the brink of tying it up. However, the Chiefs’ Tye Carriere scored with a minute left in the game to solidify the win with a score of 4-2.
Lethbridge Hurricanes - 1 vs. New York Jr Islanders - 1
Halfway through the first period, Islanders’ #17 Jake Lanyi scored with passing play from #4 Donelan. Islanders led majority of the game 1-0, until 8 minutes into the third period #9 Kaydn Chabot ties the game, 1 a piece, (unassisted). Final score remained 1-1 for the duration of the game. Goaltender of the Hurricanes, stopped a 36 tough shots. Moreover, Islanders’ netminder, Anthony Aureliano denied 23 of Hurricanes’ shots. Each team was penalized exactly 14 minutes, a balanced game overall.
The St. Albert Raiders and Tisdale Trojans started the first period off with heavy hitting and tight checking defensive play. The only player to eventually capitalize was Colton Schell of the Trojans, burying a goal assisted by Brett Neumeier and Rhett Frey. The Trojans took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Trojans stole the momentum from the Raiders half-way through the second period, with Cade Hayes scoring on a rebound off of teammate Luc Marleau’s original shot off the pads of the outstretched Raiders goalie Mitchell Reidy. And then just 33 seconds later Brett Bamber of the Raiders was finally able to get his team on the board with a rebound goal that was a carbon-copy goal of the one scored by his opponents earlier. With the Trojans back to a one goal lead, Luc Marleau stepped up his game and scored a beauty one-timer and assisted on a Liam Rutten goal to give the Trojans a 4-1 lead going into the 3rd period.
The Trojans locked down in the third period and didn’t provide the Raiders with many scoring chances. The Raiders would eventually break through with 7:15 left in the game on a goal from Aidan West (assists from Jacob Hiemstra and Ryan Harker). The Raiders pulled their goaltender and kept up the pressure to get back in the game, only to have their chance at getting back in the game shut down by a Colton Schell empty net insurance marker. The Trojans would take the game 4-2, earning their first win of the tournament.
It was a battle of special teams between the Swift Current Legionnaires and the Cariboo Cougars, with both teams combining for a total of 28 minutes in penalties and scoring three power-play goals aside. The Cariboo Cougars were the only team to capitalize in the first period with Brandon Dent scoring the games first goal (assisted by Brennan Malgunas and
Hunter Floris), and Mason Richey giving the Cougars a 2-0 lead going into the second period on a goal assisted by Brennan Malgunas and Brandon Dent.
The Cougars came out aggressively in the second period with three un-answered goals from Hunter Floris (assisted by Craig MacDonald and Brennan Malgunas), Mason Richey (assisted by Brennan Malgunas), and Brennan Malgunas with his first goal and fourth point of the night. With a 5-0 lead half-way through the second period most would assume the game was a wrap, the Swift Current Legionnaires thought otherwise. The Legionnaires stormed back with 10 minutes left in the second period and scored four unanswered goals of their own, coming from: Rin Benny (assisted by Hunter Lamb and Kasey Reich), Jacob Piller (assisted by Mac Gross and Dylan Hull), Owen Ozar (assisted by Ty Muench and Kersey Reich), and Jacob Piller (assisted by Kersey Reich and Ty Muench). After stealing all of the momentum at the end of the second period the Legionnaires didn’t let up, Jacob Piller notched his hat-trick goal just 6:20 into the third period tying the game up at five. Both teams fought hard to steal the win, but with with no avail the game ended in a 5-5 draw.
The first period started off strong with the Raiders #19 Nicole Fry scoring the first goal of the game with help from #18 Breanne Trotter. The Rebels then tied it up, with their first goal of the game scored by #4 Jenna Merk, assisted by #23 DeCorby.
The second period was scoreless for the first 10 minutes until Raiders #9 Mary McDonald scored with assistance from #8 Pozzi and #16 Puddifant. With the score 2-1 heading into the third period, the Raiders didn’t stop there, with #8 Isabella Pozzi scoring just 13 seconds after the third period had begun, the goal was assisted by #22 Kehler. Now up by two goals, #18 Breanne Trotter scored for the Raiders, assisted by #21 McLeod. Following that up #6 Dyer scored the Raiders third goal of the game. With just 1:01 left in the 3rd period, the Raiders #14 Kara Kondrat scored the final goal of the game, with help from #16 Puddifant and #9 McDonald. The Rocky Mountain Raiders took the win over the Regina Rebels with a final score of 5-1.
The last game of the night started off strong with the Calgary Royals scoring three unanswered goals, #11 Ethan Jamernik scored Calgary’s first goal of the night, assisted by #10 Bierd. Royals #4 Aidan Bangs scored their second of the period with the assist from #20 Bracken, and #21 Dylan Clark scored the third for the Royals with the assist coming from #18 Winquist. The Royals went on to put 2 more up on the scoreboard for Calgary. With the score 3-1 heading into the 2nd period, the Royals #21 Dylan Clark scored another goal with help from #16 Fader. The third period opened with Hungary’s #8 Mark Almasi scoring with assistance from #9 Dezsi and #2 Falus. The remainder of the third period was silent until three minutes left and the game got heated, with over 16 minutes of penalties being divided amongst the 2 teams. However, that didn’t stop the Royals from scoring the final goal of the night, #6 Ben Zloty scored with assistance from #18 Winquist. Calgary Royals defeated Hungarian National U18 5-1.
The rematch of last years final started with a bang, Belarus #15 Alexei Protas scored the first goal. #11 Yegor Buyalski put another one in the net, assisted by #18 Palivko and #12 Alistrov, ending the period at 2-0 for Belarus. The Saskatoon Contacts came back strong and scored two goals in the second period, #8 Alexander Morozoff scored the first for the Contacts, assisted by #17 Griffith. #11 Skylar Olson then scored the second for the contacts, assisted by #25 Bortis tying the game up at two. However, #11 Yegor Buyalski, with help from #12 Alistrov and #8 Belov scored Belarus’s third goal of the night. The score was 3-2 heading into the third period and for the first 10 minutes it was scoreless. Belarus brought it back though and #15 Alexei Protas scored the final goal of the game. The Belarus Nationals beat the Saskatoon Contacts in a hard-fought game with the final score being 4-2.