Jordan Larson scored the game-winning goal 3:43 into the second overtime and Guillaume Therien made 36 saves, sending the Canadians into the championship game for the second year in a row after a thrilling semifinal win over the Vees.
Jordyn Boyd had a pair of goals, Zack Waldvogel added a goal and an assist and the host Terriers got points from 10 different players, booking their spot in the championship game with a convincing semifinal win over the Mustangs.
It was twin brother Brad who stole the headlines all week with an MVP performance, but Shawn Bowles stepped into the national spotlight Sunday, scoring once and adding two assists to help Portage to the national title and earn #RBCCup Star of the Day.
He’s worked the Memorial Cup final, RBC Cup final and World Juniors bronze medal game, all within the last two years. Now Bevan Mills’ officiating journey has taken him to the Czech Republic as the lone Canadian at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
Nineteen years ago, Trevor Blevins was just a teenager from Melfort, Sask., who came within one win of a national title on home ice with his hometown team. Now, as head coach, he’s led the Mustangs back for a second chance at the RBC Cup.
After reaching the semifinals with the Surrey Eagles in 2013 and Vernon Vipers in 2014, Demico Hannoun is back for a third shot at an RBC Cup title, this time with the Penticton Vees. And he wants to get the two wins he’s missed out on the last two years.
If familiarity breeds contempt, no one told the Soo Thunderbirds. No team at the 2015 RBC Cup is as tight knit as the “brotherhood,” a roster that includes 17 players who came up together through the minor hockey ranks in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
The construction of a hockey team worthy of winning Canada’s National Junior A Championship doesn’t come with a manual. There is no outline or schematic searchable on Google. But Blake Spiller has done just fine putting together the 2015 RBC Cup hosts.
Brad Bowles scored once and added an assist, and Zack Waldvogel chipped in with three helpers as the Terriers scored three times in 7:29 in the first period and held off a Mustangs rally to clinch top spot in the preliminary round.
Patrick Newell had two goals and two assists, Demico Hannoun added three helpers and the Vees scored three times on the power play to finish the preliminary round with a victory and assure themselves of a top-two finish.
Cole Hyrsky found a loose puck in front of the net and scored the overtime winner 5:36 into the extra period on the Mustangs’ 50th and final shot to give Melfort a victory over the Canadians and keep their first-place hopes alive.
Brad Bowles led the way with a hat trick and an assist, and 12 players recorded at least one point as the Terriers flexed some offensive muscle, clinching a spot in the semifinals while ending the Thunderbirds’ RBC Cup dreams.
Steen Cooper tied the game early in the second period and set up Connor Chartier for the game-winning goal five minutes into the third, helping the Vees erase a pair of first-period deficits and hand the Canadians their first loss.
Five different players scored found the back of the net, Eric Sinclair added a pair of assists and the Mustangs earned their first three points, using a three-goals-in-1:54 stretch early in the first period to knock off the Thunderbirds.
Owen Stewart scored the game-winning goal and Guillaume Therien became the first goaltender in 20 years to start the RBC Cup with back-to-back shutouts as the Canadians blanked the Terriers to take sole possession of first place.
Hunter Miska made 17 saves to record the shutout, Matt Serratore was the first of four different players to score goals and the Vees picked up their first win of the RBC Cup, becoming the first team all season to blank Mustangs.
Guillaume Therien stopped all 27 shots he faced to earn the shutout, Jordan Larson and Andy Sturtz provided the offence with three points apiece, and the Canadians blanked the Thunderbirds to start their RBC Cup with a win.
Tanner Jago’s goal broke open a tie game with less than eight minutes to go, Zac Robidoux was terrific in a 31-save performance and the Terriers opened the RBC Cup on home ice with a back-and-forth win over the Vees.