SSAC vs. NSWC tomorrow afternoon!!!
Semi - Final Action
POE 5 - SSAC 6 FINAL
shots: 45-25 FINAL
-Jost kicked out midway on an iffy boarding call and SSAC took full advantage.
NSWC 5 - Notre Dame 3 FINAL - NSWC advance to tournament final
Shots: 35-32 NSWC
The Hounds just can`t seem to get much going so far and are starting to look a bit tired. NSWC went ahead with 2 quick goals late in the period on goals from Tak Anholt and `99 born dman Nolan Kneen. Dillon Dube and Kaden Elder have had some good hard work shifts but have nothing to show for it. Nolan Reid has been good Defensively but not outstanding along with Newfoundlander Elijah Francis. Hannoun and Anholt have been impressive so far with their speed, hustle and hands.
Notre Dame goalie Brett Evens has had some rebound issues which has led directly to Benjafield PPG early in the 2nd. He then added goal midway through the period with Mokhtari getting the assist. The line of `99 Almeida, `99 and Anholt have dominated a lot in the tournament and always creating space for one another. Mokhtari, Hannoun and Benjafield are also dominate in the offensive zone consistently. We really like the level of compete that Hannoun brings as he`s not the biggest guy in the world but plays a big game - same goes for Burgart who also has another strong game for NSWC. Burgart is not flashy by any means but does his job in his end and knows his limits on the ice. The Hounds responded with a PPA of there own from big Tyran Brown who banted in a a rebound shot of Nolan Reid. The entire D-core of NSWC has been extremely sold - limiting ND`s chances and boxing out in front of Luding to see.
The Hounds started to put some good shifts togther and control the play midway through the 3rd but it wasn`t enough. They got goals from Brady Third and Gage Ramsey who had some strong shifts throughout the 3rd and showed a lot of hustle in the loss. Elder and Dube also had some good shifts creating offense but the NSWC defence and Luding were up to the task for the most part. We thought `99 born Nolan Kneen played well in this game and was rewarded with a goal and 2 assists. He can be an offensive threat but needs to remember his own end a bit more sometimes. Dante Hannoun and Quinn Benjafield had an assist in the 3rd as they both played extremely well. Tak Anholt was good but not outstanding in this game. Jordy Bellerive has people double checking the roster to make sure he is a `99 born!
Sherwood Park 6 - Red Deer Black 4
Shots: 34-30 Red Deer
OHA 1 - Calgary Northstar Sabres 2 (FINAL SO)
Shots 44-20 OHA
This games has really lacked intensity from the get go. The offensive chances have been few and far between to this point. OHA's entire d-core has played - litmiting the Northstars #1 line of Aucoin/Dunn to very few chances. Beck Malenstyn is back in the lineup and has made an immediate impact as he has an assist on Carter Kyles hard work in front where he out-muscled Yewchuk and banged it in. Malenstyn also had a great PK shifts and is a good leader - working hard every shift for OHA. Koch hasn't stood out in this one yet. Ryan Kielty and Liam Nijhoff have also shown a lot of jump and both play well in the d-zone and on the PK. Yewchuk hasn't been overly impressive as for being the biggest kid in the tournament and still needs much improvement in his skating. Although it has improved in recent months and shot will need a bit of work moving forward too.
Not much happening at all in this game but OHA has continued to impress with a solid defensive game. All defenceman have played solid in moving the puck up the ice and limiting the Northstars to a few scoring chances. Anagnostopolous hasn't seen much work but absolutely robbed Brayden Dunn on a rebound in tight, late in the period. Malenstyn has continued his strong play and some nice rushes in finding the open ice and isn't afraid of the high traffic areas like some of the skilled guys can be. Koch has had some good shifts as well - showing speed, creativity and is good on the PK. OHA's PK have all been outstanding. The Northstars are looking rather flat and just can't seen to get much going. Chase Goods has played some good defence he's not overly flashy but makes the simple players. Connor Page has also shown a lot of hustle for the Stars. Hildebrand hasn't had to make to many tough stops but is keeping his team in it.
The play picked up in the 3rd as the Northstars tied the game midway through the period. Parker Aucoin finally broke through and used his good shot, scoring for the Stars. He has been more noticeable in the 3rd. Both teams defences are playing strong as well as both goaltenders when called upon. It is a treat to watch Beck Malenstyn as he plays a tremendous game at both ends of the rink. He has great speed, vision, IQ, creativity and leads his team by example. Koch also played well, using his speed. Kielty, Kyle and Nijhoff have all had strong games as well and all 3 play a hard-nosed, gritty game and like to mix it up a bit. Rizzolo and Stevens both look extremely solid on OHA`s backend.
Heading to a shootout. Jordan Fizanza took a 5 minute major in the final minute of OT but Hildebrand was strong for Calgary Northstar Sabres.
OHA - KOCH (miss)
Stars - Dunn (goal)
OHA - Ward (miss)
Stars - Aucoin (miss)
OHA - Malenstyn (miss)
Edmonton MLAC 4 - St. Albert 3 FINAL
Shots: 21-14 Edmonton
Calgary Royals 5 - Winnipeg Monarchs 5 (14 mins remaining)
Shots: 27-25 Royals
Quarter - Final Action
POE 3 - Lloydminster 2 FINAL
shots: 29-27 Lloydminster
The Heat are really controlling the play for the most part with the exception of 2 late POE PP's. The Heat defence core are playing extremely well, shutting down the POE top forwards. POE's PK units have played well limiting the Heat's PP to minimal opportunities. Cole Johnson, Zane Franklin and Tre Doyon have all thrown some big hits and all play a gritty game. We are especially impressed with Doyon's hustle, gritty play and d-zone work as well as PK work. We really liked '99 born Zane Franklins play but it looks like he could work on conditioning a bit moving forward. Cole Johnson has shown a tone of strength and is a force on most shifts. For POE, forward Marcus Mitchell continues to a physical force, he's not super big at 5'9 134lb but plays with a tonne of heart and we've enjoyed viewing him! Kale Clague once again exiting the zone with ease and is truely dominant.
Two quick goals by Dallas Goodwin give POE the early lead in the 2nd period. The 2nd goal was a weak goal from outside the blueline as Heat goalie Dow was then pulled in favor of McGrath. The Heat responded midway through the 2nd with a nice backhand goal by Doyon who continues to play a great game. He plays with a tonne of heart and is a great penalty killer. Kale Clague continues his strong play - he always has his head up and rarely makes a bad decision out of his own end. He has had some nice offensive rushes as well. Marcus Mitchell continues to make his presence felt with his agitation skills and ability to draw penalties. Jost and Mcdonald have yet to be a factor in this one as well as Shaw of the Heat. Although Shaw is competing very hard. The D-pairing of Jarrett and Bishop have also been strong in their own end for POE. Nathan Spark in goal for POE is also playing well, although he can look somewhat awkward at times in goal for POE.
A very competitive 3rd period with back and forth action. Late in the 3rd, Kale Clague hit the post and then POE's Kutkevicius then picked up the puck, headed up the ice beating the Heat defender wide and went backhand for a beautiful individual effort and the GWG. Mason Shaw made a beautiful move around a POE penalty killer and then dished to Clague who made no mistake and showed off his powerful one-timer. Hines also had an assist and now has 2. Clague and Shaw both stepped up there games and had outstanding 3rd period. Shaw likes to play with an edge and works hard but can sometimes take some penalties which can be costly. Doyon also played well in the 3rd and played an overall stellar game. Jost and Mcdonald had some nice shifts but couldn't beat McGrath who was solid after replacing Dow.
Calgary Bisons 1 - North Shore Winter Club 3 FINAL
Shot: 36-20 Bisons
Burnaby Winter Club 0 - SSAC Southgate Lions 3 FINAL
shots: 33-20 SSAC
Notre Dame 4 - Winnipeg Hawks 1 FINAL
shots: 34-18 Notre Dame
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