The first period was all Belarus, as they held the Contacts to just three shots through 20 minutes, while peppering Contacts goalie Rayce Ramsay with 18 shots of their own. The Belorussians would strike first, after Pavel Azhgirei would outwait Ramsay and tuck the puck passed the outstretched Contacts’ keeper. Belarus would widen the lead with 5:24 left in the opening frame after a nifty pass from Vasili Filyayev found Dmitri Savritski all alone in the slot, who would make no mistake, beating Ramsay glove side with a quick snap shot. Belarus would take that 2-0 lead to the locker room.
Belarus would continue to carry the play, and just 1:16 into the second period, Vasili Filyayev spun and fired in the slot, catching Ramsay going the other way and putting his Belarus team up 3-0. The teams would trade five-minute-majors, with Belarus captain Dmitri Savritski getting the gate for a vicious interference hit that left Ethan Hill of the Contacts shaken up Savritski got five and a game for the hit. Hill would return to the game. The Contacts couldn’t capitalize on the lengthy man advantage, getting only four shots on the powerplay. They would go down a man for five minutes when Eric McNeilly took a major penalty and a game misconduct for head contact. The Contacts best chance of the game came on the PK, when Quinton Ong found himself on a breakaway after a Belarus turnover. Andrei Grishenko was there to stonewall Ong. The Contacts would kill the McNeilly major, and would trail Belarus 3-0 after 40.
The Contacts came out with a renewed sense of confidence and urgency, and as a result owned the first half of the third period. After Bealrus took a hooking penalty, Eli Lieffers would get the Contacts on the board, tipping in a Dylan Thackery point shot home right on the doorstep. Belarus would take over after that, though, scoring three more times late in the period to take a 6-1 victory and claim the 2016 Mac’s Male Division Championship. Despite staying in the net for all six against, Rayce Ramsay held the fort for the Contacts, facing 51 shots.
Belarus finished the tournament at a perfect 7-0-0.
Game #F21 - Max Bell 2 (Semi Final)
Calgary Fire 0 @ Rocky Mountain Raiders 5
The Rocky Mountain Raiders punched their ticket to the Female Division Mac’s Final on Saturday afternoon, after blanking the Calgary Fire by a score of 5-0. 15:02 into the contest, Rachel Weiss would open the scoring on the powerplay for the Raiders. Caroline Gosling of the Fire would face 32 shots before Katie Crowther would take over to finish the last 10:42 of the game, who would only face 2 shots. The Fire could only get 17 shots through to Raider keeper Kate Lloyd. Nicole Fry, Isabella Pozzi, Hailey McCallum, and Mary McDonald also scored for the Raiders. The Raiders take on either the Saskatoon Stars or the Vancouver Island Seals, who play their semi-final game Saturday evening.
Game 44 - Max Bell 1
Moose Jaw Generals - 4 Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons - 7
The CFR Chemical Bisons closed out round robin play with a perfect record, downing the Moose Jaw Generals by a score of 7-4. Zach Huber led the way for the Bisons, netting himself a hat-trick. The Bisons would open the scoring 9:51 into the game, when Huber would score his first of the game. They would skate to the first intermission up 1-0. The Bisons’ offense exploded in the second period, going off for five goals, two of which came on the PP. The Generals would respond with two goals of their own, to trail by 3 after 40. The Generals would make it interesting in the third, scoring two quick ones less than five minutes into the frame. It would be too little, too late though, as Huber of the Bisons would score his hat trick tally, to put the nail in the coffin, and the Bisons would take the W 7-4 and finish 4-0 in round robin play.
Game 45 - Father David Bauer
Calgary Flames - 8 New Jersey Hitmen- 7
The Calgary Flames closed out the round robin with their first win of tournament beating the New Jersey Hitmen by a score of 8-7. New Jersey Hitmen Tyler Nielsen opened the scoring early in the first period on a tally assisted by Matt Koziel and Ben Hurd. The flames responded with 3 first period goals to take a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. Shots were 16-7 in favour of the flames in the first period. The two teams traded chances and went back and fourth in the second period. The Flames took a 7-4 lead into the second intermission. Early in the Third period with 13:24 remaining Dylan Holloway scoring the game-winning goal assisted by Noah Walters and Keegan Fraser. The Hitmen responded with three third period goals but fell short losing by a final score of 8-7.
Game F 18 - Max Bell 2
San Jose Jr. Sharks - 3 Northern Capitals - 0
The San Jose Jr. Sharks blanked the Northern Capitals to finish round robin play with a record of 2-2. The Capitals finished at 1-3. Evelyne Blais-Savoie would score 9:47 into the game and this would be the eventual game winner for the Sharks on a pass from Ria Stevens. That would be all the scoring for the first period. In the second, the Sharks would add two to their lead, on goals from Angelina Cruzal and Sarah Takahashi. The Sharks would not look back, and lock it down defensively the rest of the way through the final period, preserving the 3-0 win. Angela Hawthorne made 28 saves in the shutout effort.
Game 46 - Flames Community Arena
Arizona Bobcats - 3 Belarus National U17 - 4
The Belarus National U17 squad just barely edged the Arizona Bobcats by a score of 4-3 to finish round robin play with a perfect 4-0 record. Arizona finished at 0-4. Belarus opened the scoring 4:49 into the game on a Sergei Sapego goal. Vasili Filyayev would add another for the Belorussians, and they would take a 2-0 lead to the dressing room after 20. The Bobcats would rally in the second period, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead to the third period. Tony Cimato, Michael Bloom, Daniel Ramsey were the goal scorers for the Bobcats. Belarus would take the game over in the third, allowing only four shots, and peppering the Bobcats for 18, and scoring twice to take the 4-3 W. Ilya Solovyev scored the game winner with 10:38 left to play in the contest. The final shot count was 49-18 in favour of Belarus.
Game 47 - Flames Community Arenas
Okanagan Rockets - 1 Sherwood Park J Ennis Kings - 6
The Sherwood Park Kings defeated the Okanagan Rockets 6-1 in a penalty filled affair at Flames Community Arenas. The Sherwood Park Kings came out quick scoring a minute and a half into the game to make it 1-0 on a tally from Reid Young. Okanagan responded with 8:57 left in the first period on a goal scored by Dylan Prpich to even the game at 1’s. The tie did not last long as Sherwood park’s Reid Young scored his second of the game and the game winner forty seconds later with 8:15 in the first period. The Sherwood Park Kings added another first period tally along with one goal in the second period and two insurance markers in the final frame of the game to finish off the round robin with a 2-2 record. The Okanagan Rockets finished the round robin with a 0-3-1 record.
Game 48 - Max bell 1
Calgary Northstars - 3 New York Jr Islanders 1
The Calgary Northstars defeated the New York Jr Islanders by a score of 3-1. The Calgary Northstars closed out the round robin with a record of 1-3. With the loss the New York Jr Islanders fell to 1-3. Jackson Verstraete scored the loan goal of the first period to put the Northstars ahead by 1. Shots in the first period were 12-12 in the first. The Northstars scored an early second period goal that was the eventual game winner with 16:34 remaining in the second period. Rocco DiConstanzo scored the only goal for the Islanders with 12:42 left in the second period. Shots in the game were 41-31 in favour of the Northstars.
Game F19 - Max Bell 2
Melville Prairie Fire - 1 Rocky Mountain Raiders - 1
The Melville Prairie Fire and Rocky Mountain Raiders skated to a 1-1 tie in both teams’ final round robin games. The Fire finished with a 1-1-2 record, and the Raiders went unbeaten at 3-0-1. Both teams’ goals came in the third period. Catherine Longchamps got the Raiders on the board first, 3:38 into the third. The Fire’s Sami Jo Henry would knot it up with 6:57 left in the game, and that’s how this one would finish. The Raiders had the edge in shots, 29-24.
Game 49 - Father David Bauer
Greater Vancouver Canadians 2 Red Deer Optimist Chiefs 6
The Red Deer optimist Chiefs upended the Greater Vancouver Canadians by a score of 6-2 to wrap up pool 5’s round robin play. The Chiefs finished 3-1, while the Canadians wrapped up with a 2-2 record. Graysen Cameron of the Chiefs scored the eventual game winner with 13:12 left in the second period. The Chiefs took the edge on shots, 39-33.
Game 50 - Flames Community Arenas
Saskatoon Contacts - 4 Calgary Royals 2
The Saskatoon Contacts defeated the Calgary Royals 4-2 to move to 3-1 for the round robin. With the loss the Calgary Royals fall to 3-1 on the tournament. The Contacts jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period. The lead was short lived as the Royals bounced back with 2 goals to tie the game in the first. The Contacts scored a late first period goal scored by Chance Adrian to take a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. The goal would stand as the game winner as the Contacts added a second period goal to add to their lead. The shots in the game were 40-34 in favour of the Royals.
Game # 35 - Max Bell 1
Hungarian National U18 - 4 New Jersey Hitmen - 1
A tough battle between the Hungarian National U18 team and the New Jersey Hitmen saw the Hungarians pull out a 4-1 victory in large part due to a solid performance by Hungarian goalie Karoly Balazs Toth who made 40 saves on 41 shots. Goals for both teams were hard to come by, with Hitmen goalie Anthony DelTufo also turning in a solid effort, turning away 41 of the 44 shots he faced. Hungarian Bruno Kreisz opened up the scoring six minutes into the second period, but the game was tied soon after thanks to Hitmen Kevin Paganini’s power play goal at 10:24 into the second period. It only took 1:33 for the Hungarians to retake the lead with a goal by Hunor Csaszar, which turned out to be the game winning goal due to the strong play of Toth in the final period of play. The game ended on a sour note with the Hitmen instigating a number of fights that led to 167 penalty minutes for the Hitmen and 70 for the Hungarians.
Game # 37 - Max Bell 1
Calgary Buffaloes - 0 Vancouver Northeast Chiefs - 2
A close first period saw the Calgary Buffaloes outshoot the Vancouver Northeast Chiefs 9-7, but find themselves down by one thanks to a Chiefs shorthanded goal by Jessie Young 2:34 into the first period. A strong second period had the Buffaloes dominate in the shots department, with 27-15 lead through two periods, but they were unable to get anything past Chiefs goaltender Kolby Matthews. The Buffaloes pressure continued into the third, but Matthews stood tall making a total of 40 saves, registering the second shutout in a row for the Chiefs, and earning player of the game honors for his team. An empty net goal by Haydn Delorme with 47 seconds left solidified the win for the Chiefs.
Game # 38 - Father David Bauer
Prince Albert Mintos - 3 Calgary Flames - 3
A strong start by the Calgary Flames had them ahead 3-0 over the Prince Albert Mintos after the first period of play. Goals by Eric Martin, Benjamin Sanderson, and Daniel Rybarik had the Flames up comfortably after 20 minutes. The Mintos came back with two goals, 25 seconds apart, late in the second period by Tanner Robin and Logan Barlage to get the Mintos back within striking distance. Ty Mosimann completed the comeback with 6:01 left in the third period, and the two teams drew even from that point on, ending the game in a 3-3 draw.
Game # 39 - Max Bell 1
Notre Dame Hounds - 6 Calgary Northstars - 4
A high scoring first period between the Notre Dame Hounds and Calgary Northstars had the two teams tied at two after 20 minutes. The Hounds started the scoring with a shorthanded goal by Anthony Neuenschwander 1:45 into the game, but the Northstars fought back with a power play goal by Tyler Lowe, tying the game up at 1 with 5:30 left in the period. The Hounds regained the lead shortly after on a goal by Lee Justin, only to be matched 51 seconds later by Northstars’ Logan Heimann. The offense continued into the second period with a goal by Johnathan Hader 1:38 into the period, giving the Northstars their first lead of the game. The Hounds would again tie the game up on Lee Justin’s second goal of the game, a power play marker 13:50 into the middle frame. The third period saw the Hounds take the lead on a goal by Nolan Renwick at 9:18, and quickly add to that lead 1:18 later thanks to Brad Morrissey. The Hounds held on to that lead on their way to a 6-4 win in a game that saw the two teams almost even in shots, with the Hounds holding a 37-36 edge.
Game # 40 - Father David Bauer
Okanagan Rockets - 3 Austrian National U18 - 3
The Okanagan Rockets erased two separate leads from the Austrian National U18 team, and the two teams battled to a 3-3 draw. Goals from Jakob Mitsch of the Austrians and Garret Watson of the Rockets had the two teams tied after the first period of play. The Austrians jumped ahead by two goals in the second period with power play contributions from David Maier and Niklas Warschl to take a 3-1 lead into the third period. The Rockets fought back in the third period with an early power play goal by Jeffrey Karpowich, and a game tying goal by Coleton Bilodeau with 10:39 left in the final frame.
Game # F15 - Max Bell 2
Melville Prairie Fire - 2 Westman Wildcats - 2
An evenly matched game between the Melville Prairie Fire and Westman Wildcats ended in a 2-2 draw, with the Prairie Fire scoring twice in the third period to erase a two goal deficit. The Wildcats opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by Shaelyn Vallotton, and tacked on another 21 seconds into the second period thanks to Alisha O’Hara. The Prairie Fire comeback was led by Sami Jo Henry and Megan Leblanc, who both tallied a goal and an assist. Both goalies were forced to make numerous saves to keep their teams in the game, with Kaitlyn Slator of the Wildcats making 37 saves and Ashlyn Taillon of the Prairie Fire making 31 saves of her own. Both teams had late power play opportunities, with the Prairie Fire forced to fight off a late 5 on 3 penalty kill at the end of the game to preserve the tie.
Game # F16 - Max Bell 2
San Jose Jr. Sharks - 0 Calgary Fire - 7
The Calgary Fire pushed past the San Jose Jr. Sharks 7-0 with contributions from 11 different players, led with two goals by Kate Lewis and three assists by Kennedy Moore. The Fire put 36 shots on Jr. Sharks goalie Angela Hawthorne and added 6 more shots on Jenna Patrian, who came on in relief mid-way through the third period. The Fire’s complete team effort limited the Jr. Sharks to only 12 shots, all of which were handled by goaltender Caroline Gosling for the shutout, keeping the Fire’s impressive goals against to only two after the first three games of the tournament.
Game #33 - Max Bell Arena
Belarus National U17 - 5 Regina Pat Canadians - 0
After a slow start, the Belarus National U17 team was able to take control in the third period in their 5 - 0 victory over the Regina Pat Canadians. Both teams struggled finding the back of the net in the first and second periods, but Pavel Azhgirei of Belarus was able to start the scoring off with a power play goal in the third. Vladislav Mikhalchuk of Belarus scored the teams second goal only 2 minutes later, then scored a short handed goal with 8:41 remaining. Regina pulled their goalie Dean McNabb in an effort to tie up the game but Dmitiri Savritski and Alexander Akhramovich of Belarus would close out the game with two empty net goals giving their team a 5 goal lead.
Game #34 - FDB
Caribou Cougars - 8 New York Jr. Islanders - 3
A hard fought game by the Caribou Cougars let them prevail over the New York Jr. Islanders in an 8 - 3 win on Thursday. Michael Sacco came out strong for the Islanders scoring only 28 seconds into the first period, but a penalty would allow Trey Thomas of the Cougars to score a power play goal tying the game. The Cougars momentum picked up, and Myles Mattila, Hunter Floris, Daine Dubois and Darian Long would score the Cougars next 5 unanswered goals. Devin Heffernan of the Islanders was able to get his team back on track with a power play goal late in the second period, but again the Cougars would respond and Darian Long would get his second goal with 4:22 left to play in the period. New York took a penalty late in the second, which would lead to the penalty shot for the Cougars, and Darian Long was able to capitalize and score his 3rd of the game. Jack Goodman of New York scored his team’s third goal only 6 seconds into the third period, and Myles Mattila of the Cougars would close out the game scoring his second goal and giving his team a 5 goal lead
Game #36 - Father David Bauer
Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons - 3 Greater Vancouver Canadians - 2
A close game between the Foothills CFR Chemical Bisons and the Greater Vancouver Canadians ended in a 3 - 2 victory for the Chemical Bisons. After a slow start, Zach Huber scored the first goal of the game with 17:17 remaining in the second period. Scott Atkinson of Greater Vancouver tied the game up 1 - 1 with 4:10 remaining in the second, but Tarun Fizer of Foothills responded by scoring with 2:17 remaining in the second. Sasha Mutala tied things up once again, finding the back of the net for the Canadians with 13:28 remaining. Cole Clayton of the Chemical Bisons scored the game winning goal and closed out the game with a 1 goal lead for the Chemical Bisons.
Game #F13 - Max Bell 2
Fraser Valley Rush - 0 Saskatoon Stars - 2
It only took one goal to get the game winner between the Fraser Valley Rush and Saskatoon Stars Thursday morning. Saskatoon’s Kianna Dietz found the back of the net 6:53 into the first. After a dry second period, the Stars’ Willow Slobodzian added another with 11:17 to go. Overall, the Rush’s Jenna Ehling faced 40 shots, letting only the two through; meanwhile the Stars’ Arden Kliewer knocked away only 5.
Game #F14 - Max Bell 2
Vancouver Island Seals - 4 Kootenay Wild - 2
The Vancouver Island Seals managed to double up on the Kootenay Wild 4-2 Thursday afternoon at Max Bell. All of the action started in the second period; the Wilds Kelsey Patterson opening the scoring at 4:42 on the power play, which would be the only penalty that Vancouver Island would take. By the end of the second, the game would be tied at 2’s. The Seals would then score the game-winning goal 2 minutes in, thanks to Megan Bouveur. Vancouver Islands Yannick Truter would bring the final score to it’s 4-2 final.