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.
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.