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Calgary Bisons 8 - POE 4...FINAL
SOG: 33-30 Calgary
Once again the line of Phillips/Ashton/Olson is dominant and figured in on all 3 goals. Matthew Phillips 2-1-3, Ashton 1-2-3 and Olson a pair of helpers. '99 born Aiden Roche-Setoguchi has been solid again as he was in game 1 and has stepped up to make some big hits. Mckinstry has been very steady and has totally shut down the POE top line of Jost/Mcdonald/Kutkevicious. Bisons goalies Josh Belisle was solid, shutting the door on a late POE 5 on 3 PP.
Bisons pulled out to an early 5-1 lead and then started to sit back a bit. POE pulled the starting goalie in the first period but have put him back in . The POE top line still not really generating a whole lot in this game, although Jost does have the goal on the PP. Zach Andrusiak has left the game after a Hit from Behind. The Phillips/Ashton/Olson have been fantastic so far in the tournament.
The Bisons sat back a bit in the 3rd, allowing POE some chances. Both teams played undisciplined hockey in the period which led to PP goals for both sides. The game started to get a bit chippy late in the 3rd. Mcdonald and Kutkevicius still didn't show much. Tyson Jost started to show some of his puck skill with many skill plays and scored a another goal in the 3rd on the PP. Phillips had a huge game again and with his 3 goals and 2 assists, is tied for the tournament lead after 2 games with 8 points. '99 born Kyle Olson had 4 points and Jake Ashton had 3 points.
Winnipeg Monarchs 4 - St. Albert Sabres 6 FINAL
SOG: 36-32 Monarchs
The host Sabres score 4 consecutive goals late in the 3rd period to pull off the win and even their record at 1-1-0 after a heart breaking 3-2 loss to POE earlier in the day. Jake Warawa scored 2 more goals, giving him 3 now. Defenceman Connor Deighton and Dylan Huot each had multiple point games. Nolan Leibrecht had 3 goals for the Monarchs and Connor Bowey with 1-1-2. Dylan Thiessen was held to just 1 assist.
Lloydminster 4 - North Shore Winter Club 0 FINAL
SOG: 23-22 Lloydminster
Starting goalies: McGrath for Lloydminster and Luding for NSWC
Kale Clague has been a rock in his own end and rarely beat by the talented NSWC forwards. He is also jumping in to the play every chance he gets but is able to get back easily. He has one of the goals for Lloyd with hard, hitting forward Cole Johnson the other. NSWC has looked very off this evening, unlike this morning. Luding continues to fight the puck for NSWC in this one and has now allowed 7 goals on 27 shots faced. McGrath has been solid for Lloydminster when tested.
The Heat continue to impress and are really playing a strong team game tonight. Clague and Hines continue to shutdown and frustrate the NSWC offence. '99 born Zane Franklin has some very good tools but needs to work on his D-zone play. Mason Shaw made a tremendous cross-ice pass to Brayden Goulet for the 2nd period marker. McGrath very solid in the Heat net. Tak Anholt for NSWC is always doing something positive on the ice as well as Jordy Bellerive but neither have been able to score obviously as of yet. Luding is still battling some issues but his communication on the ice and is something other goalies in the tournament could take notice of.
In the third, Clague made a nice move and burned a NSWC d-man wide and then dished to Cole Johnson who made no mistake and scoring his 2nd of the game. Lloydminster played a solid game from start to finish and NSWC had no answer for Austin McGrath. Hines, Petrie and Clague all played solid defence and frustrated the NSWC forwards in this one. Clague, Shaw, Goulet and Johnson all had 2 point games. Clague and Shaw both have 5 points now.
Edmonton MLAC 5 - Calgary Royals 4 FINAL
SOG: 35-23 Calgary Royals
Sean Montgomery picked up 2 goals and 1 assist and Connor Kendell with 2 more goals in the defeat for the Royals. Ryan Jevne picked up 2 goals, he now has 5 goals this tournament to lead in that category. He also leads in points with 8 through 2 games. Michael Di Lullo had a 4 point effort.
SSAC 7 - Red Deer Black 2 FINAL
SOG: 41-26 SSAC
Staring goalies: Gradyon Larson - RD Black and Stuart Skinner for SSAC
Tyler Benson and '99 born Josh Paterson picked up 4 assists each and line-mate Nolan Yaremko added 4 goals today in the victory. D - David Quenneville scored once for SSAC.
OHA 1 - Notre Dame 7 FINAL
SOG: 36-28 Notre Dame
Dillon Dube had 2 goals and 2 assists in pacing the Notre Dame attack. Taylor Ross scored twice while Kaden Elder and Brady Third each had 3 point games. Dube and Elder currently rated in the WEHP first round. Taylor Ward scored the lone OHA goal.
Sherwood Park Flyers 0 - Winnipeg Hawks 0 FINAL
Very even game in all aspects thus far. Both Ryan Kubic for the Hawks and Lush for the Flyers have faced ample shots and scoring chances but have stolen the show thus far. Sam Steel has had some good shifts but hasn't been outstanding by any means. Same goes for Nolan Patrick. Connor Barley from the Hawks has shown a lot of hustle and isn't afraid to mix it up. Linden McCorrister of the Hawks has been playing F/D due to some injuries on the Hawks.
Goaltenders Kubic and Lush have been very hard to beat in this game and have been "unreal". Nolan Patrick has laid some big hits but hasn't impressed yet. Same for Sam Steel still, not real noticable. D - Adam Thurlbeck of the Hawks has played a very intense game and has been matched up against Steel all game long. His skating could use a bit of work but is big and strong and hard to beat.
It was once again a very even 3rd period as both teams keyed on the respective top players Patrick for the Hawks and Steel for Sherwood Park. Hawks demise was not being able to capitalize on the PP in the 3rd period. Adam Thurlbeck was rock solid in shutting down Steel all game long. The MVP's awarded in the game were to both goalies Kubic for the Hawks and Lush for Sherwood Park.
Winnipeg Monarchs 2 - Calgary Bisons 6 FINAL
SOG: Wpg Monarchs 33 - Calgary Bisons 19
Starting goalies: Hall for Wpg and Sanders for the Bisons
It was the Matthew Phillips and Jake Ashton show in the first period as they were all over the ice and clicking at will. Phillips has 2 goals and Ashton 3 assists. The Monarchs were are very slow out of the gate and to this point, their star forward Dylan Thiessen has been un-noticable on the ice. Ryan Hall hasn't been very strong between the pipes and has been fighting the puck for the Monarchs.
The Monarchs had some good push back but the goaltending of Nick Sanders from the Bisons has been the difference over Ryan Hall and the Monarchs. Dylan Thiessen of the Monarchs had some dominant shifts and showed good creativity. The shots are 24-16 for the Monarchs currently. Ferbers has the goal for Winnipeg. The Calgary D-core has been very strong in limiting chances to the outside.
The Monarchs couldn't dig out of a slow start, despite out-shooting the Bisons 33-19 in the game. Dylan Thiessen had a beautiful goal in the 3rd - going cross-bar and in. Libbrecht and Curtis both strong for the Monarchs in the defeat. Nick Sanders played very well for the Bisons. Phillips and Ashton showed great speed all game long. Voted MVP's were Phillips for the Bisons and Jakisch for the Monarchs.
POE 3 - St. Albert 2 FINAL
SOG: 34-33 POE
Starting goalies: Spark - POE and Dechaine - St. Albert
Top 2 round rated prospect Kody Mcdonald scored twice and added 1 assist in the victory. Tyson Jost picked up 2 assists for POE. Webb and Warawa replied for St. Albert.
BWC 7 - Calgary Northstar Sabres 1 FINAL
SOG: 30-26 BWC
Highly rated prospect D - Dante Fabbro scores twice while Jaeger White and Jake Kryski who are all ranked as first rounders pick up 3 points each in the win. Kylyshbek, Uy, Seidel and D - Barberis all had 2 point games. Parker Aucoin picked up the lone goal for Calgary.
North Shore Winter Club 5 - Edmonton MLAC 5 FINAL
SOG: NSWC 35 - MLAC 19
Starting goalies: Lorenson - MLAC and Luding - NSWC
Tak Anholt with 1 goal and 1 assist for NSWC who showed great vision on the ice and was the top player that period. Benjafield and Hannoun also very strong for NSWC. The MLAC goal was scored by Ryan Jevne. Our scout reported that Jevne has a heck of a shot but could push harder and use his linemates a bit more. So far an even game as reported.
Second period action saw '99 born Jordy Bellerive score 2 goals and Quinn Benjafield of NSWC undressing 2 MLAC dmen to score a highlight reel goal. Gritty forward Desi Burgart played his role well and mixed up on a consistent basis. Ryan Jevne scored again for Edmonton MLAC but still needs to use his team-mates more. Nolan Volcan was very strong for MLAC with a pair of nice assists.
North Shore Winter Club took four straight penalties in the 3rd period to allow MLAC to tie it up 2 PPG. Ryan Jevne picked up a Hat-Trick and was awarded game MVP while Bellerive was the game MVP for NSWC.
Lloydminster 5 - Calgary Royals 2 FINAL
SOG: 33-20 Lloydminster
Starting goalies: DOW - Lloydminster and Kreitz - Cgy Royals
WEHP #2 overall rated prospect Kale Clague with 1-2-3 and 99 born Zane Franklin had 2-2-4. Franklin is rated in the '99 born top 10, so both he and Bellerive with strong opening games. Mason Shaw and 99 born Logan Ganie were strong as well for Lloydminster. Sean Montgomery and Connor Kendall scored for the Royals.
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