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Sunday, June 19, 2011

North American Hockey Classic - Final Day

The North American Hockey Classic has come to a close now for the 1997 age group this morning with both the "A" Gold medal and bronze medal games taking place.  As well, the "B" has wrapped up. 

"B" Final
Team Pepsi 7 - BC Jr. Heat 5
Team Pepsi would come back for a 5-2 deficit late in the 2nd and score the games final 5 goals in a 7-5 "B" Final victory.  Team Pepsi would get scorers from 7 different players including Ethan Price with the games final goal to put a punctuation mark on a tremendous tournament for the Lincoln, Nebraska player.  Price would finish the game with 1-2-3, giving him a team leading 9-3-12 in the tournament.   First round ranked prospect Ethan Bear was the only other multiple point producer for Team Pepsi with 1-1-2.  Bear would finish with just 4 points but was very solid.  Of note, Colt Conrad was held off the score-sheet for the first time this tournament.  For the Jr. Heat, Chris Seto scored 2 goals and Cole Plotnikoff would pick up two asssists.  Seto would lead the Jr. Heat with 5 goals in the tournament. 

"A" Bronze Medal Game
Minnesota Machine 3 - Saskatoon Jr. Blades 2
In somewhat of an upset the Minnesota Machine knock off a very good Saskatoon Jr. Blades team who go home empty handed.  Matthew Campese and Terrell Draude would score for Saskatoon while for Minnesota it was star forward Alec Baer with 2-1-3 including the GWG. 

"A" Gold Medal Game
Vancouver Selects 7 - Minnesota Blades 3
The Vancouver Selects once again defeat the Blades, this time when it counted the most - in the Gold Medal game.  The Selects who had a could disappointing semi-final losses this spring end the spring off with a championship.  Jacob Stukel was the star of the game with 3 goals.  The Selects also got goals from; Ty Ronning, Musil and Woolfenden.  John Wesley added 3 helpers.  The big guns on the Minnesota Blades were held off as Frytag, Pitlick and Novak all went goal-less. 


In the 98 age group, the finals are set after a pair of games this morning.

Jr. Steelers 5 - Saskatoon Jr. Blades 4
The Jr. Steelers defeat the Blades for the 2nd time in the tournament and advance to the final as a result with a highly contested 5-4 victory.  The Jr. Steelers spread out the scoring with 5 different scorers, with Kaspick, Loschaivo and Howden amongst the scorers.  Ty Lewis and Dylan Thiessen both picked up 2 assists.  Dylan Thiessen is the team scoring leader thus far with 5-7-12 while Kaspick leads in goals at 6-0-6.  Ryan Kubic has been outstanding in goal for the Jr. Steelers having played every minute of action and sporting a 1.58 GAA thus far.  For the Jr. Blades, Jordan Borstmayer had 3 assists.  Jordan is the younger borther of Regina Pats defenseman Tyler Borstmayer.  Garrett Pilon scored for Saskatoon and he leads the team with 3-4-7.

Vancouver Vipers 9 - Vancouver Selects 4
In an all Vancouver semi, it was the Vipers proving way to powerful for the Selects in this one.  The Vipers are without a loss so far in the tournament.  Scoring phenom Jaeger White scored 3 goals to pace the attack for the Vipers while Dante Hannoun had another huge game with 2-3-5.  Hannoun (9-4-13-) and White (7-6-13) are far and away the team scoring leaders so far.  Jake Kryski and Kyle Uy have 5 goals each so far.  The Selects got 1-1-2 from Yamamoto and Regush in this one.  Yamomoto leads with 4-7-11 so far while Regush at 5-4-9 is 2nd on the team. 


Anonymous said...

Minnisoda Blades 7 Vancover Selects 3 **

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your comments about the final Game of the 98 supper elite divison between the Jr Steelers and Vancouver Vipers. Steelers pull off an 3-2 upset with a stellar 53 save preformance from Goalmtender Ryan Kubic, who shut down the potent vancover offence.

Western Elite said...

I'm pretty sure the Vancouver Selects won the game 7-3. Also #3 playing forward was Daniel Woolfenden from Seattle is what Jayden Halbgewachs from Regina. Good prospect.

Anonymous said...

Are you going to cover anything fromt he '99 age group?

Western Elite said...

In regards to the '99 age group, probably not. Last year we covered the 96 age group and had about 1/4 coverage on the 97's. This year it is the 97's with about 1/4 attention on the 98's.

In saying that, we did introduce the readers and other to a couple 98's in Jaeger White and Kale Clague due to their fantastic seasons. So if a '99 born is the next player such as those in terms of talent or like a Barzal type then yes.

Anonymous said...

Keep an eye on Daniel Woolfenden outstanding player

Anonymous said...

Yes #3 for Vancouver was Jayden Halbgewachs from Regina. Filled in for the injured Woolfenden. But played forward, had an oustanding weekend a top player to watch for this coming draft year forsure.