DAY 7 – SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2008
1. Deven Stillar (F/A) – Sudbury
For the second straight day, Stillar is atop the list. He scored arguably the most beautiful goal of the tournament, undressing a Winnipeg defender and netminder Brett Martyniuk for an early two-goal lead. Two power play assists in the crucial third period clinched the top spot.
2. Christopher McDougall (G) – Sudbury
Final shots on goal on Sunday’s gold medal game? 40-13, in favour of the Winnipeg Thrashers. McDougall saved his best save for last, robbing the Thrashers with a goal-line glove save with less than 30 seconds to go and the Wolves up by one, clinching Sudbury’s national championship.
3. Guillaume Asselin (D) – Saint-François
Undoubtedly the Blizzard’s most consistent player from start to finish at the 2008 TELUS Cup, Asselin scored twice and assisted on another as the Quebec champions won their 13th medal in 14 appearances with a win over Calgary. Could he and the Blizzard be back for more in 2009?
DAY 6 – SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2008
1. Deven Stillar (F/A) – Sudbury
With his team’s season on the line – up by only a single goal and facing a powerplay late in Saturday’s semi-final, Stillar scored arguably his team’s biggest goal of the season on a shorthanded breakaway. He will cause fits for Winnipeg’s top-ranked defence on Sunday.
2. Mark Stone (F/A) – Winnipeg
The recipient of the Top Scorer award, Stone continued to find the back of the net on Saturday, scoring twice in the first period of Winnipeg’s semi-final win. He is one of the catalysts of the Thrashers’ powerplay – connecting at 30% – and will undoubtedly play a big role in the gold medal game.
3. Mathew Bodie (D) – Winnipeg
What else can be said about the TELUS Cup MVP and Top Defensive Player? Bodie barely left the ice against Saint-François in Saturday’s semi-final win by Winnipeg, and even contributed an insurance goal. Expect to see lots of him on the ice on Sunday, in all situations for the Thrashers.
DAY 5 – FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2008
1. Mathew Bodie (D) – Winnipeg
Needing a goal to avoid just their second loss in 58 games the Thrashers turned to their captain, and Bodie delivered his first of the tournament to tie the game. A rock on the blueline for the round-robin’s top team, there doesn’t appear to be anything Bodie can’t do.
2. Mitchell Maynard (F/A) – Cole Harbour
Desperately needing a win to keep their slim semi-final hopes alive, Maynard scored a pair of powerplay goals in the final eight minutes, including the game-winner, to lead the McCains to their lone victory of this year’s National Midget Championship.
3. Laurent Dumont (F/A) – Saint-François
Needing a win in their final game to make the semi-finals, Dumont scored once and added three assists in the Blizzard’s romp over Ottawa Valley. If the offence looks on Saturday like it did against the Titans, Saint-François could play for gold on Sunday.
DAY 4 – THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008
1. Kris Moore (G) – Calgary
Moore stifled the deadly Sudbury offence in his first start, allowing only two goals, and went one step further against Séminaire Saint-François, stopping all 29 shots he faced in a 1-0 win. The Buffaloes are getting confident, and could be trouble come Saturday and the semi-finals.
2. Landon Noel (G) – Sudbury
Noel wasn’t busy against Cole Harbour, stopping only 23 shots, but he stood tall when he needed to be, stifiling a five-on-three advantage late in the second period with the Wolves up 2-0. The Wolves are rolling, and Friday’s game versus Winnipeg should be a classic.
3. Kyle Mulder (F/A) – Winnipeg
Mulder scored his first two goals of the 2008 TELUS Cup against the Ottawa Valley Titans, and they were timely – both goals gave the Thrashers some breathing room with two-goal advantages. Winnipeg looks for the West Region’s third straight perfect round robin on Friday.
DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2008
1. Craig Laliberte (F/A) – Sudbury
The Wolves’ leading scorer in the regular season, Laliberte found the back of the net – twice – against the Cole Harbour McCains to finally get on the board. No Central Region team has ever won the National Midget Championship … the Wolves could change that.
2. Mark Stone (F/A) – Winnipeg
Stone was deadly on special teams – he scored once on the powerplay, once shorthanded and added two powerplay assists – in Winnipeg’s third straight win. The Thrashers look to stretch the West Region’s unbeaten streak to 30 on Thursday and clinch a semi-final spot.
3. Jordan Kanygin (F/A) – Calgary
Kanygin was all over the ice in the Buffaloes’ win over the tournament hosts from Ottawa Valley, scoring once and adding three assists – three of those points coming in the first 20 minutes. Calgary is in the win column, and look to be rounding into form at the right time.
DAY 2 – TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2008
1. Cole Pruden (F/A) – Winnipeg
Pruden scored twice in the Thrashers’ victory over Séminaire Saint-François as Winnipeg ended day two as the only team with a pair of wins, over a pair of pre-tournament favourites. The Thrashers will look to push the West Region unbeaten streak to 29 games against Cole Harbour on Wednesday.
2. Brody Sutter (F/A) – Calgary
Another offspring of the famous Sutter clan – he is the son of Duane – Brody was in on both Calgary goals, finishing with a goal and an assist, in the Buffaloes’ 2-2 tie with Sudbury. The Buffaloes offence will have to pick up its game if they hope to keep their gold medal aspirations alive.
3. Corbin Baldwin (D) – Winnipeg
The 6-foot-4 blueliner picked up three assists – all on the powerplay – as the Winnipeg man advantage was the difference in their win over Séminaire Saint-François. If Baldwin and the Thrashers’ defence continue their strong play, Winnipeg could become the team to beat.
DAY 1 – MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008
1. Mathieu Lecours (F/A) – Sudbury
Three goals, one assist – showcasing the skills that helped him rack up 82 points in 31 regular season games. Lecours was deadly on the powerplay, scoring two of his three goals with the man advantage. Sudbury could end the Central Region’s long drought of Lecours and the offence continue to roll.
2. Joel Rewucki (G) – Winnipeg
He wasn’t busy, making only 18 saves, but nine of those came in the third period with the Thrashers clinging to a 2-0 lead, and a number were of the spectacular variety. Winnipeg could make it four straight national titles for the West Region if Rewucki continues his strong play.
3. Nathan Siydock (F/A) – Ottawa Valley
He scored once in the Titans’ furious third-period comeback, but it was his physical play that earned him the number three spot. Siydock drives to the net and isn’t afraid to play the physical game, attributes that could help the Titans surprise some teams at this year’s TELUS Cup.
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