Chris Caissy was the overtime hero 16:57 into the extra period and Kevin Bailie was spectacular in a 50-save performance as the host Western Capitals advanced to Sunday’s championship game with a thrilling victory over the Eagles.
Mark Reners’ second goal of the game at 8:30 of overtime was the difference as the Bandits erased a 4-2 third-period deficit and advanced to play for Canada’s National Junior A Championship for the first time on Sunday night.
The best player in the country was the best player on the ice Sunday night. Cam Maclise scored once and added an assist, leading Brooks to its first-ever national championship and taking the final RBC Cup Star of the Day honour.
Some had long and illustrious pro careers, while others had only a handful of opportunities to live their dream, a fleeting chance to say they were an NHLer. But all had the chance to play for Canada’s National Junior A Championship.
After a 15-year professional playing career that included stops with 18 teams in eight leagues across four countries, totaling 826 games, there isn’t much Minnesota Wilderness head coach Rod Aldoff hasn’t seen or done in hockey.
Which team has won the most National Junior A Championships? Which team scored the most goals in a game?
How many RBC Cup alumni played in the NHL? Get all the answers in the official RBC Cup Guide & Record