December 31st, 2018 - Semi-Finals Evening Edition
Game 56 (Semi-Final #2) - Max Bell/Ken Bracko Arena
St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders - 6 New York Jr. Islanders - 3
The tournament’s last semi-final between the New York Jr. Islanders and St. Albert Nektar Data System Raiders started off a bit slow with both teams testing the pace of play after playing their quarter-final games earlier in the day. Just over five minutes into the first-period the Islanders stepped up the pace of play and capitalized on one of the strangest goals of the tournament. Jake Lanyi walked into the slot and fired a hard wrister over the net with the puck taking a hard bounce off the glass and off the back of the Raider’s goaltender and into the back of the net. While getting out-shot the Islanders would repeat on the pervious lucky bounce with another, with six minutes left in the first Anthony Bernardo would chip a puck up high in front of the Raiders net and again off the back of the Raider’s goaltender and into the net. The first period would end with the Islanders up 2-0, while being outshot 16-6.
The Raiders started the second period aggressively scoring two quick goals in similar fashion, the goals were a product of staying hard on the puck in net front scrambles and tucking in loose pucks. The first goal coming from Eric Perneel 33 seconds into the second-period, and the second goal buried by Carson Henry 6:36 in. After seeing their lead quickly evaporate, the Islanders stepped up their offensive pressure and scored just over four minutes of the Raiders tying the game, on an unassisted goal from Domenic Settimo. The Islanders 3-2 lead would be short-lived as the Raiders would tie the game with just over five minutes left in the period on a goal from Tyson Kowaluk. The period would end in a 3-3 tie with Islanders being outshot in the second 24-6.
The Raiders seemed to prove that they could continue to keep coming back in the game as they would take their first lead of the game 20 seconds into the third period on Eric Perneel’s second goal of the game. The Raiders would lock down with the 4-3 lead and not give the islanders any time or space to create prime scoring chances. The Islanders would then pull goaltender Matt Schoer as a last effort to tie the game up, only to have Mathew Rathbone burry an empty netter to put the Raiders up 5-3. The Islanders would once again pull their goaltender for a second attempt, only to have Robert Kincaid score the Raider’s sixth goal of the game. The Raiders closed out the game with a 6-3 victory over the Islanders, with star performances coming from both goaltenders. Islander’s Matt Schoer stopping 46 shots, and Raider’s Evan Fradette stopping 16 shots. The Raiders will go on to face the Lethbridge Jr. Hurricanes tomorrow for the Gold.
Game 55 (Semi-Final #1) - Father David Bauer Arena
Saskatoon Blazers - 0 Lethbridge Jr. Hurricanes - 1
The first semi-final of the Mac’s Tournament was a physical, defensive battle that was filled with heavy penalty minutes and big saves. The Lethbridge Jr. Hurricanes took the game’s first penalty and seemed to build some momentum with a huge kill early on the game. The penalty kill of the Hurricanes was so effective that they drew a penalty while short-handed. The Hurricanes would waste no time with Tayler Miller scoring a quick goal only 19 seconds into the powerplay, with Michael Horon and Griffen Fraser earning assists on the play. The first period would end with the Hurricanes up 1-0, while outshooting the Blazers 6-4.
The second period was a penalty fueled battle with 24 penalty minutes handed out between the two teams, both teams failed to produce any offense with all the heated play and frequent trips to the box. The second-period would end with the Hurricanes still holding a 1-0 lead, while being outshot 8-5 in the period.
Both teams started the third-period with their blood boiling and continued to walk the line with aggressive play and big hits. Both teams stepped up their offensive play near the end of the third-period, but could not seem to lower the frustration held within. The Blazers pressed hard right to the end of the game but failed to capitalize on any of their scoring chances. The Hurricanes closed out the 1-0 shutout victory and will get ready to play for the Gold tomorrow. Both goaltenders put on a clinic and gave their teams the best they could, with Blazer’s Brett Mirwald stopping 24 shots, and Cole Tisdale of the Hurricanes stopping all 22 shots for the shutout.
December 31st, 2018 - Quarter-Finals Afternoon Edition
Game 54 (Quarter-Final #4) - Father David Bauer Arena
New York Jr. Islanders - 4 Vancouver NE Chiefs - 3
Today’s last quarter-final matchup started with the New York Jr. Islanders taking a costly slashing penalty. Ryan Tattle took only 40 seconds of powerplay time to open the scoring for The Vancouver NE Chiefs, the powerplay goal was assisted by Logan Kurki and Dylan Ford. The Islanders penalty troubles continued late into the opening frame, with their penalty kill unit shutting things down and negating any further damage while shorthanded for the three more kills. Just as the period was closing out, Dante Berrettoni gave the Chiefs a 2-0 lead with a goal assisted by Nicholas Roussel. Shots in the period were 9 for the Islanders and 6 for the Chiefs.
The intensity ramped up quickly in the second period, with the Islanders taking 22 minutes in penalties and the Chiefs taking 14 total penalty minutes. Despite being on the penalty kill for a majority of the period, the Islanders were able to kill all penalties and build some momentum. Already up 2-0 the Chiefs quickly took a commanding 3-0 lead with 4:39 left in the period on a goal from Nico Camazzola with the assist coming from Logan Kurki. As time was winding down in the second-period, the Islanders would get a boost from a Domenic Settimo powerplay marker assisted by Romeo Torain and Spencer Evans. The Chiefs would hold their lead at 3-1 going into the second intermission, shots were 12 for the Islanders and 9 for the Chiefs.
The Islanders came out in full-force for the third-period, quickly capitalizing on a powerplay goal from Brandon Avezov (assisted by Nick Serio and Greg Japchen). The Islanders momentum getting to the Chiefs resulted in another powerplay opportunity for the Islanders. Unable to capitalize on the powerplay, the Islanders utilized the momentum they had built to tie the game at 3-3 on a huge goal from Jake Lanyi (assisted by Anthony Bernardo and Domenic Settimo). The Islanders kept their foot on the gas after the huge comeback from a 3-0 deficit, and as the game looked as if it would be going to overtime the duo of Lanyi and Bernardo struck again with a clutch goal to win the game with only 11 seconds left. Both goaltenders played a spectacular brand of hockey, with Logan Terness making 30 saves for the Chiefs, and Harrison Chesney making 21 saves in the Islanders win.
Game 53 (Quarter-Final #3) - Max Bell/Ken Bracko Arena
CAC Gregg Distributors - 2 St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders - 3
The quarter final matchup gave fans their money’s worth and then some, needing over 15 minutes of sudden death overtime in a great game at Max Bell. Through two periods neither goalie would flinch, Blake Lyda made 24 saves while an equally strong Evan Fradette made 13. 3 Penalties each resulted in little more than an opportunity for goalies to close the door. In the third period things heated up 6 minutes in, Brandon Mejia scored from his knees on a pass from Curran Woods and Ethan McKinley at even strength. 2 minutes later Brady Nicholas buried a shot from his off wing, that play was created by G Evan Fradette making a laser beam 120+ foot breakout pass. Now that each team believed they could beat the goalie, it was Liam Hughes’ turn for CAC on the powerplay, with help from Dominik Cesarz and Curran Woods. St. Albert would not quit, and with 6 minutes left to play a Noah Kramps shot resulting from Taige Harding’s relentless forecheck snuck past goalie Evan Fradette. 2-2 is how regulation time would end, and after 10 minutes of overtime solved nothing, both teams were given a short rest. 5 minutes into the 5th frame, a wide drive and centering pass created the chance needed to finish this one. Tyson Greenway gets to be the hero, with assists going to Brad Adams and Robert Kincaid. Blake Lyda made a whopping 50 saves in the loss, and Evan Fradette made 26. The St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders take on the New York Jr Islanders tonight at Max Bell.
December 31st, 2018 - Quarter-Finals Morning Edition
Game 52 (Quarter-Final #2) - Father David Bauer Arena
Red Deer Optimist Chiefs - 0 vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes - 3
The Quarter Finals got underway at Father David Bauer Arena. The Lethbridge Hurricanes got the scoring started early when Dylan Nevil potted a shorthanded goal from Cole Larocque. The Hurricanes and the Optimist Chiefs would maintain a 1-0 game until the last 7 minutes of the third period, when Hurricanes’ Tayler Miller scored on the power to make it 2-0. Zach Stringer and Cale Lyon would get the assists on the play. Just over a minute later Zach Stinger would make it 3-0 for the Hurricanes with another power play goal. Michael Horon would be given the lone assist on the play.
The Hurricanes would hold to their lead for the remainder of the game. Red Deer would outshoot Lethbridge 27-24 during the game. Lethbridge Hurricanes will meet the Saskatoon Blazers in the Semi Finals at Ken Bracko Arena.
Game 51 (Quarter-Final #1) - Max Bell - Ken Bracko Arena
Airdrie CFR Bisons - 4 Saskatoon Blazers - 5
The Saskatoon Blazers live to play another game after holding on to a 5-4 victory this morning at Max Bell. Tristyn Bryks opened the scoring 12 minutes in with assists to Charlie Keller and Jordan Edwards to put Saskatoon up 1-0. A little over a minute later, Cole Nagy scored from Carter Stebbings, and the Bisons found themselves down 2-0 after the first. Things could have been worse but the Bisons killed off a 5 on 3 in the middle of the frame. The lead was cut in half midway through the second, Tristan Zandee had help from Jett Jones and Damon Agyeman. Penalty trouble would eventually cost the Bisons when Max Gudnason scored a nice 5 on 3 powerplay goal from Nolan Allan and Karter Prosofsky to go up 3-1. Caleb Willms would not go away as he responded with a solo effort to close the gap to 1 goal. With an entertaining second period winding down, Charlie Keller got a goal from Tristyn Bryx, giving them each a goal and an assist in the game. 4-2 Blazers after 40 minutes. Time was running out for Airdrie, but Colton Koran potted a gutsy goal from Travis Bohnet with 10 minutes left, making the game 4-3. Just over a minute later, the Bisons tied the game at 4, Ty Mueller with help from Caleb Willms and Ben Lake. Tristyn Bryx and Charlie Keller hooked up one last time for the Blazers with 7 minutes left to put Airdrie’s backs against the wall. Time ticking away caused the pressing Bisons to take a penalty with 2 and a half minutes left, all but securing the victory for the Blazers. Steven Bacovsky made 36 saves in the loss, while Matthew Pesenti made 17 saves for Saskatoon. The Blazers take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the semi final.
December 30th, 2018 - Afternoon/Evening Edition
Game 50 - Flames Community Arena
CAC Gregg Distributors - 6 Rocky Mountain RoughRiders - 2
The final round robin game out of the Flames Community Arena got off to a start with CAC scoring six minutes into the first period when Curran Woods scored to make it 1-0. Brett Hyland and Lucas Eagle picked up assists on the opening goal. Halfway into the period the RoughRiders would answer back with a power play goal from Trace Norwell, assisted by Makai Mitchell and Caleb Brownell to tie up the game. CAC would respond with a power play goal of their own with Curran Woods scoring his second of the game, assisted by Vincent Scott and Alex Barter, making it 2-1. Just under two minutes later the RoughRiders would tie the game at 2, with their second power play goal of the night scored by Caleb Brownell, assisted by Ethan Beaumont and Trace Norwell. With 1:23 to go in the first Vincent Scott would score to make it 3-2 for CAC. Konner Scarpino and Zachary Douglas picked up assists.
In the second period CAC doubled their lead to make it 4-2 with the only goal of the period, when Ethyn Hopp scored a power play goal, assited by Zachary Douglas and Luigi Benincasa. CAC would build on their lead 3:15 into the third period, when Julian Perepelecta made it 5-2. Andrew Barter and Konnor Scarpino picked up assists on the play. With 1:29 to go in the game CAC would score the final goal of the game, with a goal from Tyler Cheethan, Julian Perepelecta and Lucas Eagle would pick up their second points of the game.
Game 49 - Father David Bauer Arena
Swift Current Legionaires - 2 Cariboo Cougars - 3
The Swift Current Legionaires and the Cariboo Cougars would see their last games of the tournament in Sunday night action at Father David Bauer. Legionaires opened up the scoring at 17:35 by a power play goal from Kelsey Reich. The Cougars didn’t answer that goal until 10 minutes later with a goal from Curtis Hammond on the power play. The only goal in the second period was from Legionaires’ Mason Strutt. The Cougars then came back in the 3rd period when Brett Fudger netted a goal at 11:10. They then secured the lead with a goal by John Harrington with only a minute left in the game. The Cougars would take the win 3-2.
Game 48 - Ken Bracko Arena, Max Bell
St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders- 4 Calgary Buffaloes- 3
In the final day of pool play the Raiders and the Buffs saw themselves coming into this matchup both needing to win this game to move on to the playoff rounds. The first period only saw one goal and it was a power play goal scored by #20 Taige Harding to put the Raiders up 1-0 heading into the second.
The second brought the same result as the first , the Buffs where the only team to capitalize on their chances in the frame, scoring at 13:50 from #12 Heath Armstrong. That would be it for scoring at the Raiders and Buffs would have to settle things in the third tied 1-1.
The third period of this game was a wild one, as both teams playoff chances where on the line.The Buffs would be rewarded with an early penalty shot in the third which #23 Dylan James scored to give the Buffs a 2-1 lead. Just 4 minutes later the Raiders would go on the man advantage and be able to tie it up thanks to #23 Mathieu Gautier. The Buffs would score on their sixth power play of the game to take the lead back 3-2 with just 11:38 on the clock. The Buffs third goal scorer was #8 Carter King. Two minutes later Mathuie Gautier would score his second power play goal of the game, to once again tie things up for the Raiders with 9:06 left in the third. Then with 49 seconds left on the clock the Buffs goaltender would misplay the puck behind his net giving the Raiders #12 Ethan Sundar and empty net gift. The Raiders would hold off the Buffs to take the victory with a final score of 4-3. The raiders extent their tournament with the win and also eliminate the Buffs from the playoffs.
Game 47 - Flames Community Arena
Saskatoon Contacts- 6 New York Jr. Islanders- 6
In the final game of pool 5 the Saskatoon Contacts and Jr. Islanders would end up with a tie. In a high scoring affair both teams where able to put the puck in the back of the net six times. The Islanders would open up the scoring with a goal by #71 Nick Newman. The Contacts would be next to find the net as #19 Josh Paulhus would score on the power play to even things up. The Contacts would go on to score two more goals both by #22 Adam McNull, one of which was on the power play, giving the Contacts a 4-1 lead. However, the Islanders would score two back-to-back goals of there own. The first was scored by #9 Joe Rocca, followed by a short handed goal with 1:12 left in the period. The Short handed goal was scored by #5 Spencer Evans. But the Blazers would be able to capitalize on another power play as #10 Riley Girod would give the Blazers the lead heading into the second with a score of 4-3.
There was only one goal scored in the second, a power play goal by the Blazers #23 Jaeden Mercier, giving the Blazers a 5-3 lead heading into the third.
Islanders would be able to respond right off the draw to start the third with a goal of off # 18 Jake Lanyi. The Islanders not only trail 5-4. Lanyi would score his second of the game at the midway point of the third to make the score 5-5. However, the Blazers would retake the lead with under five minute remaining in the third with an even strength tally by # 7 Matthew Hodson. The Islanders with only 1:20 left in the game would tie things up in dramatic fashion thanks to #8 Anthony Bernardo. The final score in this one would end up at six a piece.
Game 46 -Flames Community Arena
Brampton 45’s- 0 Lethbridge Hurricanes- 7
Today’s late morning matchup was not a tightly contested affair, as the Hurricanes would defeat the 45’s to a score of 7-0. The first goal of the game, an even strength goal, was scored by the Hurricanes #22 Dawson Leroux. The Hurricanes second goal of the period was a power play tally at the 7:06 mark. Tayler Miller #11 for the Hurricanes would be the goal scorer. The Hurricanes would head into the second leading by a score of 2-0.
The second period would only bring more of the same from the first for the Hurricanes and 45’s. Just five minutes into the period the Hurricanes would increase their lead to three due to an even strength goal scored by #20 Seth McCulloch. Not even a minute later the Hurricanes would score their second power play goal of the game from #7 Micheal Horon. The last goal of the period, again by the Hurricanes, would come from #19 Cale Lyons. Lethbridge would head into the last period leading the 45’s 5-0.
The third period saw two goals, both by the Hurricanes. Their first, an even strength goal, scored by #13 Zach Stinger. The Hurricanes finale goal would come from #7 Micheal Horon. This would be Horon’s second of the game, both Horon’s goals where scored on the power play. The Hurricanes would go on to win this one by a a score of 7-0 over the Brampton 45’s.
Game 45 - Father David Bauer Arena
Red Deer Optimist Chiefs - 2 vs Notre Dame Hounds - 1
The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs completed the sweep of their pool with a 2-1 win over the Notre Dame Hounds at Father David Bauer this afternoon. The first period featured a lot of back and forth action, but neither team was able to find the back of the net, with the shots 6-5 in favour of the Hounds. Red Deer would finally open the scoring late in the second frame as Josh Zinger pots one unassisted with 5:37 remaining. The Optimist Chiefs would pull up 2-0 near the middle of the third period, as Sawyer Senio would net his second of the tournament from Zinger and Captain Cade Mason. Jacob Dale of the Hounds would answer back just 13 seconds later, with helpers coming from Josselin Dufey and Coalson Wolford. It would be too little to late though, as the clock would wind down for Notre Dame, and Red Deer would move on to the playoff round. Final shots were 27-13 for the Optimist Chiefs in a 2-1 victory.
Game 44 - Ken Bracko Arena
Thompson Blazers - 5 vs. Fort Saskatchewan BP Rangers - 8
The midday game got underway at the Ken Bracko Arena with an early goal from the BP Rangers. Blake Hammel found the back of the net 3:10 into the first, Colton Dach and Alex Thacker got assists on the play. Six minutes later the BP Ranger would double their lead when Colton Dach found the back of the net for his first goal of the afternoon. Alex Thacher would pick up his second assist of the game on the goal. Just over a minute later Colton Dach scored his second of the game on a power play for the BP Rangers. Daron Cry and Wince Lamanna assisted on Dach’s second goal of the game. With a little under two minutes to go in the first the BP Rangers made it 4-0 when Nate Ibraheem found the back of the net for a shorthanded goal with help from Colby Bechthold.
The Rangers would continue the scoring in the second period, with Jacob Boucher scoring from Blair Boulerice, making it 5-0. The Blazers would score their first of the game when Cole Howaniec found the back of the net, Logan Stankoven and Devin Pimm got the assists. The Rangers would respond over a minute later with their second shorthanded goal of the game, from Alex Thacker assisted by Carson Cox. The Blazers would answer with a goal of their own on the power play when Reagan Milburn found the back of the net with help from Jarrod Semchuk. With four seconds to go in the second period the BP Rangers would make it 7-2 with a goal from David Dach, Daron Cyr picked up his second assist on the play.
The third period got underway with Austin Saint making it 8-2 for the Rangers. Teammates Ryley Pouliot and McCoy got their first points of the game as they picked up assists on Saint’s goal. The Blazers would make it 8-3 when Logan Stankoven scored, assisted by Luke Bateman. Hibiki Miyamoto made it 8-4 with a goal for the Blazers with 6:48 to go in the game. Teammates Kaden Dempsey and Peyton Kelly got the assists on the play. Blazers’ Kaden Dempsey would score a shorthanded goal from Peyton Kelly to make it 8-5, with 44 seconds left in the game. The Blazers would finish the game with 36 shots, being outshot by the BP Rangers who had 41 shots.
December 30th, 2018 - Morning Edition
Okanagan Rockets - 4 vs. Calgary Royals - 5
The game got underway with a quick goal for the Calgary Royals, as Aiden Bangs scored from Alexandre Danis and Ethan Jamemik, 43 seconds into the game. The Royals would increase their lead with a goal from Ethan Matthews, Grayson Dietrich and Ben Zolty picked up the assists on the play. Just before the halfway point of the first, Calgary Royals extend their lead to 3-0 as Chase Wheatcroft finds the back of the net. Wheatcroft’s goal came on a Royals Power Play and was assisted by Ben Zolty and Alexandre Danis. The Okanagan Rockets would answer with their first of the game, as Will Reirner managed to light the lamp. Paul Hauk and Nic Bolin got the assists on the play.
The Second Period started with the Royals ahead of the Rockets 3-1. The Rockets would start the scoring off in the second with a goal from Chase Dafoe assisted by Colby Feist and Colby Elmer with 8:22 to go in the period. Three minutes later, the Rockets tied up the game when Dylan Wightman found the back of the net, with Myles Whiteside getting the helper. Just over a minute later the Royals regained their lead when Chase Wheatcroft got his second of the game. Teammates J Rhys Bentham and Alexandre Danis picked up assists. The Rockets tied the game back up with two and half minutes left in the second with Teague Patton scoring. Dylan Wightman picked up his second point of the morning and Benn Krivoshen picked up his first with assists on the play. With 1:35 to go in the second the Royals would take a 5-4 lead with a goal from Grayson Dietrich. Ethan Jarnemik got his second assist of the game and Mack Stewart picked up his first point on Dietrich’s goal.
The Royals would manage to hold the Rockets off the scoresheet in the third and take the game 5-4. The Royals outshot the Rockets 24-20.
Brampton 45’s - 0 vs Calgary Flames - 9
A flurry of goals in the final minutes of the second period helped to propel the Calgary Flames to a 9-0 victory over the Brampton 45’s in the feature game at Ken Bracko Arena on Saturday night. Calgary’s Seamus Keith did a little between the legs move to lift the puck over the pad of the sprawling Brampton goaltender, with assists coming from Owen Dean and Ben Look late in the opening period. The Flames’ Syd Ashmead would add another goal a few minutes later, with the lone helper coming from Chris Tychonick to give Calgary a 2-0 lead heading into the second. Flames’ captain Brayden Morrison opened breakaway, with assists coming from assistant Dylan Price and Kayden Smith. Calgary’s Tyson Gross would score midway through the frame, spinning around with the puck through traffic in front and putting it through the five-hole, assisted by Keith and Mark Snarr. In the dying minutes of the period, Caleb Dancey would take a pass across the middle and slide it between the Brampton goalie’s skate and the post, with helpers going to Max McKeown and Kole Christensson. Less than a minute later, Price would make it 6-0, off a rebound from Smith. And in the final minute, Tyler Wallace would add another unassisted, to give Calgary a 7-0 lead in a period where they outshot Brampton 22-5. The third period was quiet until Keith scored his second goal of the night on a rebound from Gross and Dancey about 8 minutes in. This was quickly followed by a goal from McKeown, with Christensson adding his second helper on the night. Michael Toole would pick up the shutout on the night, as he stopped all 12 shots that he faced, as his team outshot Brampton 50-12 overall.
Calgary Royals- 3 Saskatoon Blazers- 6
Today’s late afternoon game at Father David Bauer Arena was hard fought. The Blazers would take the early lead at the 15:10 mark of the first with a goal by #10 Logan Rawlyk. The Blazers would find the back of the net just 40 seconds later with a goal by #7 Keenan Allan. The Royals wouldn’t find themselves on the scoreboard until late in the first with a power pay goal scored by #14 Aiden Bangs. The Blazers would head into the locker room after one leading 2-1.
The second period saw the most action with the Blazers scoring right of the first puck drop by #15 Carter Stebbings. The next goal would be scored at the midway point of the second by the Blazers #23 Hayden Wilm, to put the Blazers lead to 4-1. The Royals would respond with with his second of the game #14 Aiden Banks. Put the Blazers would reclaim their three goal lead before the end of the second off of a goal by #19 Cole Nagy. The Blazers would end the second leading the Royals 5-2.
In the third period the Royals would only be able to put one puck past the Blazers goalie, the Royals third goal scorer is #4 Ethan Matthews. #15 Carter Stebbings would score his second of the game with an empty net goal to seal the victory for the Saskatoon Blazers 6-3 over the Calgary Royals.
St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders- 3 Vancouver NE Chiefs- 4
In a tightly contested hockey game the Vancouver NE Chiefs where able to sneak out a narrow victory against the St. Albert Raiders. The raiders would open up the scoring first at 18:41 of the first period on an even strength goal scored by #16 Carson Henry. Roughly five minutes later in the first the Raiders would double their lead over the Chiefs with a gaol by #15 Eric Boers. The Raiders would head into the second leading the Chiefs 2-0.
In the second period the Raiders would score for the third time of the night at 10:12 of the second to take a 3-0 lead on the Chiefs. Not backing down however, the Chiefs would rally to score two goals in the last five minutes of the and would see themselves trailing by one headed into the third. The Chiefs goals where scored by #11 Logan Kurki and #20 Ryan Tattle.
The third period was a close, hard hitting affair with both teams being able to create quality scoring chances. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the Chiefs would go on to score the game tying goal with just 5:45 left on the clock. The Chiefs third goal scorer, with his second of the night, #11 Logan Kurki. Two minutes later the Chiefs would score the game winner off of the stick of #Zach Abenante. The Chiefs would go on to win this contest with a score of 4-3.
Game 36 - Father David Bauer Arena
Saskatoon Contacts- 5 Thompson Blazers- 1
Saskatoon Contacts kept disciplined throughout this round robin match up taking only 2 penalties in the game compared to the Blazers’ 14 penalty minutes. Logan Bairos tallied the Contacts’ first goal with helpers from Josh Paulhus and Davin Griffin. A minute and a half later, Contacts’ Michael Flaman pots one in to put his team up 2-0, assists were from Karter McNarland and Ty Albrecht. The 2nd period remained scoreless with Contacts taking a total 11 shots on goaltender Kobe Grant and Blazers performing a total 21 shots on Contacts’ goaltender Chase Hamm after 2 periods of play. Blazers’ Ashton Taylor puts the Blazers on the scoreboard with passing plays performed by Logan Stankoven and Aidan Suller. Contacts don’t back down in the third period. Contacts’ forward Jaeden Mercir makes it 3-1 with a snipe, assists from Riley Girod and Adam McNutt. 2:40 remaining in the third period asst. captain Caleb Cherry diminishes the Blazers’ chances of tying the game as he pots one in for the Contacts. To seal the deal, Logan Bairos of the Contacts buries the Contacts’ 5th goal, granting Saskatoon a 5-1 win over the Thompson Blazers. Shots: Contacts: 30 Blazers: 22.
Calgary Northstars- 6 Red Deer Optimist Chiefs- 7
The early afternoon match-up at Max Bell between the Northstars and the Chiefs was an excellent contest. The Chiefs would open up the scoring at the 19:01 mark of the first to take a 1-0 lead, that goal was scored by #17 Kyle Wallace. Five minutes later the Northstars would respond on the power play with a goal by #24 Kent Anderson, however, this tie wouldn’t last long because with 11:11 left #20 Spencer Weinkauf would score on another Northstars power play to take a 2-1 lead. Red Deer’s #16 Sawyer Senio would go on to tie things up at two a piece with an even strength goal with just over five minutes left in the first. Two minutes later the Raiders would score on the power play to go up 3-2 heading into the second period. The Raiders power play goal was scored by #Brett Meerman.
The second period would see the most scoring as both teams would combine for six goals. The Northstars would score two even strength goals off of the sticks of #9 AJ Belanger and #16 Lucas Jones. The Chiefs would also score two even strength goals themselves, chiefs goals by # 19 Cole Muir and #22 Brett Meeman. In the last two minutes of the second the Northstars would go on the penalty kill, after taking a double minor for head contact, and the Chiefs would capitalize with a power play goal by #4 Cade Mason. Still with a two minute power play The Chiefs would allow a shorthanded goal to the Northstars #19 Dean Spak with only 35 seconds left in the period, to head into the third leading 6-5.
In the third period the Raiders would extend their lead over the Northstars 7-5 with a power play goal by #Deegan Mofford. The Northstars would push back scoring 30 seconds later to only be down 7-6 with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game. However, the Chiefs would be able to hold their lead at take the win over the home town Northstars 7-6 in what was a thrilling matchup from start to finish.
Game 34 - Father David Bauer Arena
Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers - 1 Regina Pat Canadians - 6
The defending champion Regina Pat Canadians got their first victory of this year’s tournament this afternoon over with a 6-1 win over the Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers at Father David Bauer Arena. Regina captain Jack Glen opened up the scoring midway through the first period tapping in a rebound off the back boards, with the lone assist going to Cal Caragata. Less than a minute later Carson Whyte of the Pat Canadians would make it 2-0 battling it out in front of the net, with a helper from Luc Marleau, chasing the Okotoks starting goalie from the net. Regina wouldn’t up there, notching a third goal late in the first as Blake Swetlikoff would score off the give and go from Adam Kidd. Pat Canadians assistant Cole Sillinger picked up a loose puck in front of the net just before the halfway point of the game to put his team up by four, with a second assist on the night for Caragata. In this penalty-filled second frame, Okotoks would finally solve the Pat Canadians goaltender for a powerplay goal from assistant Jaevon Buschlen, assisted by the Bow Marks Captain Anson McMaster. Regina would answer right back with a powerplay goal of their own a few minutes later, with Sillinger netting his second of the game from fellow assistant Carter Belitski, giving the Pat Canadians a 5-1 lead heading into the final frame. Captain Glen would bookend the scoring midway through the third period with a bar-down shot assisted by Ayden Third and Sillinger, for a 6-1 final. Regina outshot Okotoks 30-11, with Drayden Ramage picking up the win.
Game 33 - Ken Bracko Arena
CAC Gregg Distribitors-6 Okanagan Rockets- 0
A must win game for both teams to have a chance to qualify for quarter finals on New Years Eve. The first period of this game turned out to be fast paced and physical, leading to a scoreless period. Goaltender Blake Lyda of CAC stopping 11 shots and Liam Tereposky of the Rockets stopping 6 shots after the first period. 6 and a half minutes into the 2nd period, CAC’s Konner Scarpino opens the scoring. 31 seconds remaining in the 2nd, Brett Hyland grants CAC a 2 goal lead with helpers from Konner Scarpino and Vincent Scott. Shots after 2 include CAC with 15 and the Rockets with 18. 2-0 CAC heading into the third period. It does not take long for CAC to continue with their offence as Luigi Benincasa tips a shot from his teammate Alex Barter, Benincasa, capitalizing on the rebound afterwards sniping the puck top shelf. 30 seconds later, CAC’s Jacob Franken squeezes another goal by Rocket’s goaltender Liam Tereposky to make it 4-0. Referee Matt Dewald took a forceful hit to the boards and was down for several minutes but took his duty back into the game and finished the third period. At 6:33 of the third period, Brett Hyland pots his second goal of the game with a passing play from Curran Woods. Woods would take an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty afterwards during the goal celebration. The CAC Gregg Distributors were not done there, just before the last minute countdown of the third (1:05) CAC’s Zachary Douglas shoots another one in, assisted by Luigi Benincasa. Final shot count: CAC- 28 Rockets- 26. After a 6-0 win over the Rockets, CAC’s desire for a quarter final spot is maintained.
Game 32 - Father David Bauer Arena
Lethbridge Hurricanes- 4 Cariboo Cougars- 0
The battle for 2nd place in Pool 4. At 16:31 of the 1st period, Carson Haynes of the Lethbridge Hurricanes opens the scoring of this crucial game with assists from Trisfan Kimmen and Dawson Leroux. Hurricanes take the lead by 2 goals when Zach Stringer scores with only 3 seconds remaining in the first period. Despite the Hurricanes taking 10 PIMS in the second period, their offence did not suffer. Trisfan Kimmen shoots one in on the power play with passing help from Matthew Vogelaar and Derrien Tonin. 3-0 Hurricanes. Shortly after, Hurricanes forward, Dawson Leroux squeezes one through putting the Hurricanes up 4-0. At 6:36 in the 2nd, Asst. captain; Curtis Hammond, puts the Cougars on the board with a snipe. The shot count at the conclusion of the second period had Hurricanes at 18 and the Cougars with less than half of that at 8. Less than 1 minute into the 3rd period, Cougars’ captain Grady Thomas cuts the Hurricanes comfortable lead to 2 goals, Cougars’ forward Daniel Booker takes his second apple of the game with this goal. After an influx of penalties for both teams, including 4 double minor head contact penalties (3 of these head contact penalties called against the Cougars), the Lethbridge Hurricanes take the win 4-2 at the Father David Bauer Arena.
Game 30 - Father David Bauer Arena
Airdrie CFR Bisons - 4 Saskatoon Contacts - 2
The Saskatoon Contacts got off to a quick start, Luke Dyer opened the scoring on an even-strength marker with assists coming from Mitchell Kiesman and Logan Bairos. The Contacts would lock down defensively and hold the lead late into the first period, and just when it looked as if the lead was safe Airdrie CFR Bisons Captain Jett Jones sniped a goal assisted by Ty Mueller with only 46 seconds left. The first period ended in a 1-1 draw, with the Bisons taking 12 shots and the Contacts taking 11.
Seven minutes into the second-period the Contacts regained the lead, with a goal coming from Davin Griffin (assisted by Evan Bortis and Adam McNutt). The Contacts would lock down defensively and hold their 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Second period shots had the Contacts with 11, and the Bisons with 9.
The Bisons regrouped to start the third-period and came out strong, with Dean Olenyk scoring just 2-minutes in, assists coming from Nick de Beurs and Travis Bohnet. With the game tied at 2-2, Dean Olenyk notched another quick goal for the Bisons with the assist from Nick de Beurs. The Bisons offensive pressure proved to be too much as Jacob Cathcart scored for the Bisons just over a minute after Olenyk’s previous tally, giving the Bisons a 4-2 lead with the assist coming from Nick de Beurs for his third assist of the game. The Contacts did not let up and continued to throw plenty of pucks at the net in an attempt to get back the lead that they had lost. As time ran down the Bisons were able to close out a 4-2 victory over the Contacts. Both goaltenders had amazing outings with Chase Hamm of the Contacts stopping 28 shots, and Steven Bacovsky of the Bisons stopping 37 shots for the win.
Game 29 - Max Bell / Ken Bracko Arena Father David Bauer Arena
Vancouver NE Chiefs - 8 Calgary Buffaloes - 6
Tonight’s feature game proved to be nothing short of an offensive battle that would eventually come down to the wire. The Calgary Buffaloes opened the scoring with a short-handed goal from Carter Benoit, who jumped on a loose puck in the crease and buried. The Chiefs answered back in less than 30 seconds with a goal from the Dante Ballarin who walked into the slot and sniped on a laser of a snapshot (assisted by Cody Hough). The high pace offensive play continued throughout the period with Stephen Rosier scoring for the Buffaloes, only to have the lead broken when Dante Ballarin scored again to tie the game up at 2-2. The period ended all tied up, shot totals were 19 for the Buffaloes and 8 for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs came out on a mission in the second period, this matched with the Buffaloes getting into penalty trouble caused an offensive outburst with the Chiefs scoring four unanswered goals. Two of the goals came even-strength from Nico Camazzola and Quinton Hill, and two came on the power-play from Quinton Hill and Logan Kurki giving the Chiefs a 6-2 lead. With only 46 seconds left in the second period, Jack Zayat scored giving the Buffaloes some hope heading into the second intermission. The second period ended with the Chiefs up 6-3 over the Buffaloes.
The Buffaloes stormed out of the gates for the third-period, with Sam Witt scoring two and half minutes into the period and cutting the Chiefs lead to 6-4. But as quick as the Buffaloes built up their comeback momentum the Chiefs came back quickly scoring two unanswered markers making the score 8-4 in favour of the Chiefs. Chiefs goals came from Dylan Wilson and Dante Ballarin who notched his third goal of the game for the hattrick. The Buffaloes wouldn’t let the rush of goals from the Chiefs slow down their comeback efforts, as time winded down the Buffs were able to bury two more goals from Logan Magowan and Stephen Rosier, cutting the Chiefs lead to two goals. The Buffaloes would maintain their offensive pressure and pulled their goalie, but time proved to be the enemy as they could not overcome the Chiefs two goal lead. Buffaloes goaltender Jonah Chambers stopped 18 shots, while Chiefs goaltender Logan Terness stopped 41 shots for the win.
Game 28 - Father David Bauer Arena
Calgary Flames - 2 Swift Current Legionnaires - 2
The Swift Current Legionnaires started the game by taking a costly handling the puck penalty, the Calgary Flames took no time to capitalize on the powerplay opportunity with a big goal coming from Kayden Smith (assisted by Brayden Morrison and Aaron Hladiuk). In a strange twist of fate the Flames also took a handling the puck penalty, and with only 10 seconds left in the first period Reed Jacobson would score for the Legionnaires tying the game at 1-1 to end the period.
The Legionnaires carried their momentum from their clutch period ending goal in the first and followed it up with another goal scored by Blake Rasmuson 7:25 into the second period. The Legionnaires would carry their 2-1 lead into the second intermission.
The third period maintained a steady pace, a penalty at the 7:25 mark would test the Legionnaires ability to maintain their one goal lead. After a big kill and still up by a goal, the Legionnaires slowly lost their grip on the game and the momentum swung in the favour of the Flames. With steady pressure the Flames were able to tie the game at 2-2 late in the third period, on a big goal from Kayden Smith, giving him his second goal of the game. Both teams fought hard to take the win, but fell short and closed the game out with a 2-2 tie.
Game 27 - Max Bell / Ken Bracko Arena Father David Bauer Arena
Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers - 1 St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders - 2
The Bow Mark Oilers started the game in some penalty trouble, taking a head contact penalty 19 seconds into the game. The St. Albert Nektar Data Systems Raiders could not capitalize on the powerplay, but opened the scoring quickly with Tanner Sklaruk netting an even-strength goal four minutes in with assists coming from Brady Nicholas and Erik Boers. Both teams had powerplay opportunities as the first period winded down, yet neither team was able to capitalize on their chances. The Raiders would hold their 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Shots in the first were 11 for the Raiders and 7 for the Oilers.
The Raiders had a penalty filled second period, taking eight minutes in penalties. The Oilers were unable to capitalize on their powerplay opportunities, but did not fall short as they were able to build some heavy momentum and tie the game at 1-1 with a goal coming from Lucas Watkins (assisted by Kai Uchacz and Max Kathol). Both teams finished off the second period tied at 1-1, shots in the period were 7 for the Raiders and 10 for the Oilers.Both teams stepped up their intensity in the third, with the Oilers taking 11 minutes in penalties (one being a match), and the Raiders taking 18 minutes in penalties (one being a 10-minute misconduct). Luckily neither team fell victim to the others powerplay. Just as time was winding down and it looked as if the game would end in a 1-1 tie, Erik Boers scored a clutch game winning goal for the Raiders with the assist coming from Brady Nicholas. Both goaltenders played amazing, with Gage Alexander stopping 27 shots for the Oilers, and Evan Fradette stopping 28 for the Raiders.
December 28, 2018 - Afternoon Edition
Game 26 - Father David Bauer Arena
CAC Gregg Distributors- 3 Calgary Royals- 3
Today’s afternoon matchup between the CAC Gregg Distributors and the Calgary Royals was a tight one that ended with a 3-3 tie. The Distributors opened up the scoring on the power play at the 12:27 mark of the first period, the goal was scored by Brett Hyland. That would be it for scoring in the first period as the Distributors would head into the second period leading the Royals 1-0.
In the second period the Distributors would score a quick even strength goal by Luigl Benincasa, just 58 seconds into the period, to double their lead over the Royals. However, the Royals wouldn't back down and would battle to score a late second period power play goal by Jack Wolder, with only 47 seconds remaining, to put the Royals down by only one gaol heading into the third.
The third period would come down to the very wire as the Distributors would increase their lead to 3-1 over the Royals off of a goal by Vincent Scott mid way through the third. The Royals would be given a break with under two minutes left in the game when the Distributors received a roughing call. The Royals would go on to score on the following power play thanks to Grayson Dietrich. Ethan Jamemik would tie up the game for the Royals with just 12.2 seconds left in the game to cap off a late game comeback.
Game 25 - Max Bell / Ken Bracko Arena
Notre Dame Hounds - 6 Beardy’s Blackhawks - 0
The Notre Dame Hounds came out to dominate the first-period against the Beardy’s Blackhawks. After taking an early interference penalty, the Hounds maintained their aggressive offensive pressure and capitalized on a short-handed goal from Jayce Nikbakht to open the scoring. The Hounds would continue to build momentum and add to their lead with Brendan Kerr scoring for the Hounds on an even-strength marker assisted by Bryden Pow. The quick offensive game from the Hounds was stifled for a brief period, until Trey Funk scored the Hounds’ third goal of the game on an even-strength tally assisted by Will Lavigne. As the period was winding down, the Blackhawks would take a costly interference penalty. Keaton Sorensen and the Hounds would add to their lead with a power-play goal assisted by Cam Recchi and Coalson Wolford. The Hounds’ dominant effort gave them a 4-0 lead going into the first intermission with a 13-9 edge in shots.
The second-period opened with the Blackhawks making a goaltender change and both teams taking plenty of penalties. After it looked like both teams would fail to take advantage of the man-advantage, Cam Recchi would score a powerplay goal to give the Hounds a commanding 5-0 lead to end the second period. The Hounds edged the Blackhawks 10-6 in second period shot totals.
The third-period was a physical affair, with the Hounds taking six minutes in penalties and the Blackhawks taking fourteen minutes in penalties. As the game was winding down Dominick Campione of the Hounds would score the games’ final goal to give his team a 6-0 win over the Blackhawks. Hounds goaltender Brian Thomson made 20 saves in the shutout victory, and Tyler Peterson of the Blackhawks made 24 saves after coming in as support.
December 28, 2018 - Morning Edition
Game 24- Father David Bauer Arena
Red Deer Optimists Chiefs - 5 Fraser Valley Thunderbirds-4
In today's noon game at Father David Bauer Arena, the Red Deer Optimists Chiefs were able to sneak out a narrow victory against the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. Red Deer would open up the scoring with a power play goal by Daylan Kuefler at the 10:20 mark. The Thunderbirds would then respond with a power play goal of their own scored by Owen Forfellow. However, with four seconds left in the first period Red Deer will score with a last second goal by Brendan McBride to put Red Deer up 2-1 at the end of the first period.
In the second period the Thunderbirds would score three even strength goals by Graham Sward, John Lee and Zack Feaver. Red Deer could only manage to score once in the second frame with an even strength goal by Tristan Lambert to make the score 4-3 for Fraser Valley going into the third.
The third period was a tightly contested affair with the Red Deer Optimists Chiefs tying the game up at four off a goal by Brett Meenman. Red Deer would however prevail on top as Tristan Lambert scores the game winning goal at the 6:11 mark of the third. This would be Lambert’s second goal of the game as the Red Deer Optimists Chiefs would take this match up 5-4 over the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.
Game 20 - Father David Bauer
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds - 0 Beardy’s Blackhawks - 1
Tension was high in first-period action between the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds and Beardy’s Blackhawks. The Thunderbirds taking 12-minutes in penalties resulting from a game misconduct for checking from behind and the Blackhawks taking 4-minutes in penalties. Neither team would capitalize on their powerplay opportunities, with the first-period closing out at a 0-0 draw. Both teams finished the first-period with eight shots on net each.
The second-period would follow the pace and style of play that was present in the first period, with both teams trading powerplay opportunities with neither team capitalizing on the man-advantage. The second would also end in a 0-0 draw with the Thunderbirds taking 8 shots on net, and the Blackhawks taking 7.
Third-period action would start with a highly contested offensive battle with both goaltenders standing on their heads to keep their teams in the game. Just past the mid-way mark of the third, the Thunderbirds would take two consecutive penalties that gave the Blackhawks a brief two-man advantage. The Blackhawks were unable to take advantage and the Thunderbirds came out of some intense penalty killing still tied at 0-0. The momentum that the Blackhawks had built on their powerplay opportunities wasn’t wasted, as Aaron Greyeyes would bury a clutch goal assisted by Aaron Lorenz and Daylan Weigel; closing out a 1-0 victory for the Blackhawks. Both goaltenders played spectacular, with Kevin Craig stopping 30 shots for the Thunderbirds, and Tyler Peterson stopping all 28 shots for the shutout.
Game 19 (Feature Game #3) - Max Bell / Ken Bracko Arena
Calgary Northstars - 2 Notre Dame Hounds - 0
Off to our last feature game of the day at Max Bell Arena, the Calgary Northstars are looking to rebound from their 4-2 loss yesterday. The home team was off to a rough start with the Notre Dame Hounds dictating the pace in the first period. Tough defense from both teams prevailed with the first-period ending at a 0-0 deadlock. The Hounds dominated the offense doubling the Northstars in shots with 10 to 5.
At the start of the second period, the Northstars were more active from the start as they tried to score the first goal of the game. However, the Hounds continued to apply their relentless pressure on the Northstars’ defense. The hounds aggressive play paid off when the Northstars were assessed a penalty. The Hounds failed to capitalize on two separate occasions with brilliant saves from Northstars’ Goalkeeper Sam Smith. With about 6 minutes remaining in the period, Northstars’ captain Spencer Weinkauf netted the first goal of the game with a laser of a shot. Despite the Hounds outshooting the Northstars 21 to 13, the Northstars maintained their lead 1-0 heading into the third and final period.
Right out the gate, the Hounds were aggressive looking to equalize the score. Their aggressive play was deemed too much as the referees assessed a penalty. The Northstars quickly capitalized as Lucas Jones tipped in another goal for the Northstars, the goal gave the Northstars a 2-0 lead with only over seven minutes to play in the game. Though final shots on goal were in favour of the Hounds 32 to 22, amazing saves by Player of the Game Sam Smith completed the shut-out resulting to the Northstars posting their first win of the tournament.
Game 18 - Father David Bauer
Calgary Flames - 2 Lethbridge Jr. Hurricanes - 4
The Lethbridge Jr. Hurricanes started the game off by setting a physical tone, a head contact penalty early in the first-period could have been costly if not killed off by the Hurricanes’ penalty kill unit. After killing off the penalty the game locked up as a defensive battle until Seth McCulloch gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead with only 1:15 left to go in the first period, the goal was assisted by Matthew Vogelaar and Carson Haynes.
The Calgary Flames started the second-period off aggressively, taking an early penalty and killing it off. The remainder of the second-period held little room for either team to capitalize on scoring chances, until Griffen Fraser of the Hurricanes capitalized on a powerplay opportunity with 4:15 left to go in the second-period. Fired up off his previous goal Griffen Fraser would capitalize only 55 seconds later to score his second goal of the game and giving the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead going into the second-intermission.
Not wanting to sit back, the Hurricanes kept up the offensive pressure to start the third-period. The hard work earned the Hurricane’s their fourth goal of the game scored by Tayler Miller and assisted by Zack Stringer and Matthew Vogelaar. Just when it looked as if the lead was safe, the Flames’ Seamus Keith would break the shutout bid of the Hurricanes with a big goal assisted by Brayden Morrison and Kayden Smith. The Flames continued the offensive assault well into the third period with a second goal scored by Owen Dean, assisted by Chris Tychonick and Tyson Gross. The comeback effort late into the third-period would come up short with the Hurricanes closing the game out with a 4-2 victory over the Flames. Carson Haynes, Griffen Fraser, and Matthew Vogelaar all had two-point games for the Hurricanes with two assists, two goals, and two assists respectively. Flames goaltender Michael Toole stopped 28 shots in the game, while the Hurricanes Cole Tisdale faced 24 shots to seal the win.
Game 17 - Max Bell / Ken Bracko Arena
Okanagan Rockets - 6 Rocky Mountain Roughriders - 2
From Max Bell Arena, we had the Rockets battling against the Roughriders. Although there was a plenty of action, both teams ended without a goal in the first period with the Roughriders outshooting the Rockets by 4. The action continued in the second period where the Rockets cracked the deadlock from a skillful shot by Colby Elmer assisted by Scott Gilowski. A few minutes later, the Roughriders equalized the game at 1-1 with Trace Norwell chipping in a goal off an assist by Cole Gordon and Makai Mitchell. Just a few seconds later, the Rockets quickly regained their composure by gaining the lead with an amazing play from Teague Patton assisted by Dylan Wightman and Ty Marchant. The Rockets continued to dominate the offense with another goal sniped by Nic Bolin from a brilliant assist by Jackson Desouza and Porter Dawson increasing the Rockets lead by 2. Just before the end of the period, Aideen Reeves netted in a goal assisted again by Ty Marchant and Will Reimer making it a convincing 4-1 lead for the Rockets.
Both teams got more physical in the third period, as the Rockets’ Porter Dawson was put in a box for hooking. The Roughriders capitalized on a power play cutting the deficit to 4-2. The goal came from Trace Norwell, his second of the game, assisted by Cole Gordon and Caleb Brownell. However, the Rockets dominated the offense for the remainder of the game as they scored the next two goals in quick succession. The first of two goals came from a hard slapshot by Teague Patton for the second assist of Aiden Reeves and third assist of Ty Marchant. The last goal was tipped in by Benn Krivoshen guided by Porter Dawson making the final score 6-2 in favour of the Rockets with the Rockets outshooting the Roughriders 35-33.
The Saskatoon Contacts defeated the Fort Saskatchewan Boston Pizza Rangers 7-0 Tuesday morning at Ken Braco Arena. The Contacts had seven different goal scorers in the victory, beginning with Michael Flaman at the 2:21 mark of the opening frame. While scoring chances came and went for both sides in the first period, scoring wouldn’t resume until the second.
Saskatoon’s offensive exploded in the middle period; the Contacts buried four even-strength goals in the final 11 minutes, giving them a comfortable 5-0 lead heading into the third. Goal scorers included defenseman Mitchel Kiesman and forward Josh Paulhus. Contacts would remain dominant in the final period, with Adam McNutt netting a powerplay tally and Jaeden Mercier adding the seventh goal with 2:48 remaining. Saskatoon goaltender Cole Johnston stood tall, stopping all 21 shots the Rangers fired his way. Saskatoon is now 1-0 in this year’s tournament, while Fort Saskatchewan sits with one loss and one tie.
Rocky Mountain Roughriders - 1 Calgary Royals - 5
The Calgary Royals started the game off in dominant fashion, bringing a fast-paced breakout that produced three quick goals in the first five minutes of the first period. The first Royals goal scored by defenseman Josh Makarchuck, came off of a rebound shot by Captain Ethan Jamernik. The second goal came off of a goal front scramble with Matthew Brunton burying the puck into the open net. The final Royals goal of the first period was a perfectly placed snapshot from Chase Wheatcroft, closing the period out with the Royals up 3-0 and chasing Rocky Mountain Raiders goaltender Logan Gorbitz from the net.
The goaltender change early in the first period sparked some life into the second period effort of the Roughriders, with the team from Superior, Colorado taking momentum away from the Royals for most of the middle frame. Neither team scored with the Royals maintaining their 3-0 lead going into the second intermission.
The Roughriders carried the momentum they had built into the third period with forward Trace Norwell scoring a powerplay goal. The remainder of the game was a close defensive battle that halted scoring until the Royals were able to add further insurance and close the game out with two quick goals in the last five minutes of the game. The fourth Royals goal coming off a Cole Svenson bank-shot that went off a Roughriders defensemen, and the fifth and final goal of the game coming from Chase Wheatcroft’s rebound tap-in on his second goal of the night. Roughriders’ goaltender Jackson Dylla made 32 saves after coming in early in the first period, with Royals’ goaltender Jack Rekrutiak making 18 saves in the winning effort.
Game 9 - Flames Community Arenas
Beardy’s Blackhawks - 2 Red Deer Optimist Chiefs - 5
The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs started the game off with a physical tone. After killing off a checking to the head penalty, the Chiefs built some momentum and were able to bury their first goal of the game coming from Josh Zinger, assisted by Sean Michaelvich. The Chiefs continued to control play and followed up with their second goal of the first period, coming from defensemen Brendan McBride with the assist coming from Josh Zinger. The Chiefs ended the period with a 2-0 lead over the Beardy’s Blackhawks.
The second period had both teams playing physical, with heavy penalty minutes being handed out to the Blackhawks at 10 minutes in total, while the Chiefs were given 6 total penalty minutes in the period. Neither team capitalized on their power-play opportunities in the period, and with 6:28 left to go in the second-period Jayden Henderson gave the Chiefs a 3-0 lead going into the third-period on a goal assisted by Brett Meerman and Sawyer Senio.
With the aggressive play from both teams continuing into the third period, penalty trouble caught up with the Blackhawks when Deegan Mofford scored the Chiefs fourth goal of the game on a power-play goal assisted by Daylan Kuefler and Brett Meerman. In a late game momentum swing the Blackhawks broke the Chiefs shutout bid with goals coming from Nolan Doell (assisted by Holden Knights), and Holden Knights (assisted by Nolan Doell and Griffen Ryden). In a last-ditch effort trailing 4-2 on the powerplay, the Blackhawks would pull their goaltender to try and chip away at the Chiefs’ two goal lead. The Blackhawks would maintain steady pressure with the two-man advantage with time ticking down, yet Sean Michaelvich of the Chiefs would capitalize on an unassisted empty-netter and earning his second point of the game to close it out for the Chiefs, winning by the final score of 5-2.
Game 8 - Father David Bauer
Fort Saskatchewan Boston Pizza Rangers - 0 New York Jr. Islanders - 0
Goals were hard to come by and penalties were a plenty in tonight’s game between the Fort BP Rangers and the New York Jr. Islanders. The first and second periods had the Rangers taking three penalties per period and the Islanders taking two per period, with all the powerplay opportunities both teams couldn’t capitalize. The first and second period finished in a 0-0 draw, with the Rangers having 15 total shots on goal and the Islanders with 21. Both teams struggling to score in a hotly contested game lead to some frustration coming out in the third period. With the physical play ramping up and the parade to the penalty box continuing. The Rangers took four more penalties in the final frame with one being a 10-minute misconduct, while the Islanders also took four to even things out. The Rangers and Islanders were able to kill off all third period penalties, yet were unable to find the back of the net. The game ended in a 0-0 draw, with both goalies closing out a tying shutout. Sebastian Cossa of the Rangers stopped 32 shots, while Matt Schoer of the Islanders stopped 28 shots.
Lethbridge Hurricanes vs. Swift Current Legionnaires
From the Max Bell Arena, we had the Lethbridge Hurricanes doing battle against the Swift Current Legionnaires. Just a minute and a half into the first, the Legionnaires opened the scoring on a goal from Joe Arntsen, assisted by Logan Linklater and Mason Strutt. In the final 5 minutes of the opening period, Swift Current would continue the offensive push on a marker from assistant captain Christian Albertson and take a 2-0 lead heading into the second period, with the lone assist coming from Macguire Scheidt. In the second frame the Legionnaires would pad their lead late in the period as Boston Bird scores a power play goal to make it 3-0, with assists from Arnsten and assistant Reed Jacobson. With just 2:38 left in the second, the Hurricanes cut the lead to 3-1 with Carson Haynes’ beauty one timer goal from the middle of the circle, assisted by Cole Laroque and Seth McCulloch, and the fans erupted. The third period started just as the second ended, with a huge crowd cheer from the Lethbridge fans, as the puck found its way to the back of the net off the stick of Blake Kondor to make it 3-2 just 1:57 in assisted by Ethan Klemen. Midway through the final frame, the Hurricanes would complete the comeback on a gorgeous breakaway backhanded shot from Zack Stringer, with Cale Lyons getting the helper. After the tying goal both teams really buckled down and ramped up the physical play, as both teams knew how tight this game was and how important a win would be. The game would end in a 3-3 tie though, with the shots 24-20 in favour of Swift Current.
St. Albert Nektar Data System Raiders -2 vs. Regina Pats Canadians -1
From the Flames Community Arenas, we had the St. Albert Nektar Data System Raiders taking on the Regina Pats Canadians! A long scoring tight auctioned affair was had between the two teams no doubt. The Raiders opened the scoring in the first period on the power play; the goal was scored by Kyle Buchanan, and assisted by Eric Perneel, as well as Tyson Kowaluk. To begin the second, it was the Pats Canadians who evened up the score at 1 a piece, an even strength goal scored by the captain Jack Glen, and assisted by the assistant captain Cole Sillinger. The score would remain 1-1 heading into the third period. No scoring for either team throughout the entire third period, almost. With just 11 seconds left in the final period, the Raiders scored to finish off the Regina Pats Canadians with a final score of 2-1, the goal was scored by Erik Boers, and assisted by Tyson Kowalchuk, and Even Fradette. St Alberts’ Evan Fradette was strong between the pipes, as the Raiders were outshot 29-15 by Regina.
Airdrie CFR Bisons -5 vs. Thompson Blazers -3
From the Father Bauer Arena in Calgary, the Thompson Blazers were taking on the Airdrie CFR Bisons. The Blazers would come out strong, scoring the first two goals of the game. The first goal was scored by Hibiki Miyamoto, and assisted by Brendan Moseley and Cole Howaniec. The Blazers second marker was scored by Ashton Taylor and assisted by Logan Stankoven. The Bisons found the back of the net before the period was over with a beautiful even strength goal coming from Caleb Willms and the assists coming from assistant captain Daymon Agyeman and Colton Koran. The score after 1 period was 2-1 Blazers. The Bisons didn’t let the Blazers lead last long, as Jackson Wade scored to tie it at 2 with an assist coming from Ben Nemish. The Blazers would regain the lead once again though with a powerplay marker coming from Reagan Milburn, assisted by Aiden Sutter and Jarrod Semchuk to take a 3-2 lead. The roller coaster continued when Airdrie’s Tristan Zandee scored a powerplay goal to tie the game at 3 and answer the bell, with an assist by Travis Bohnet. With just a minute remaining in the second frame, the Bisons would take their first lead of the hockey game with yet another power play goal, this one coming unassisted from Riley Aspin. The Bisons’ Wade would add an insurance goal midway through the final frame, assisted by Agyeman. 5-3 would be your final score for the Bisons over the Blazers. Final shots were 27 for the Blazers and 22 for the Bisons.
Fraser Valley Thunderbirds -4 vs. Calgary Northstars -2
This afternoon for game number 4 of the Macs Midget Tournament, the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds jumped out to a 1-0 lead against the Calgary Northstars in the first period at the Max Bell Arena. The goal was scored by Gerrit Lindhout and assisted by Jude Wessel and Dawson Pelletier. The second period started off very fast paced with back and forth action. Thunderbirds assistant captain Hark Gill unleashed a hard slap shot from the point, and it found the back of the net for a 2-0 Thunderbirds lead. The assists went out to Zack Feaver and Brendan Williamson. Just under halfway through the second, once again Fraser Valley continued with their offensive ways to make it 3-0, the goal was scored by Williamson and assisted by Feaver and Gill. With just under 6 minutes left in the second period, the Northstars potted their first goal of the night, coming from Patrick Forde and Kent Anderson to cut the deficit to 3-1, and it would stay that way going into the second intermission. Shots at the end of two periods were 24-14 in favour of the Northstars. Quickly out the gate the Northstars fans erupted after a goal was scored just under a minute in to make it a 3-2 game, the goal came from Adam Oates, and was assisted by Clarke Huxley and Adrien Belenger. With 1:18 left in the third, the Thunderbirds sealed the deal with an empty netter to make it 4-2, an unassisted goal from Jacob Wright. That would be your final, with the shots 33-16 in favour of the Northstars.