2009 National Midget Championship

Rousseau Sports de Laval-Bourassa  4 -  Notre Dame Hounds  6


SELKIRK, Man. – Down by one with time running out in their semifinal on Saturday afternoon, the Notre Dame Hounds turned to their award-winning blueliner and their resident Manitoban.

Jesse Pauls, named Top Defenceman at Friday night’s awards banquet, tied the game on a power play with 3:45 to go and Lucas Froese, the only player from Manitoba on the Hounds’ roster, gave them the lead 1:24 later, leading the West Region champions to a 6-4 win over the Rousseau Sports de Laval-Bourassa and a spot in Sunday’s gold medal game (5 p.m. CT).

Notre Dame is the sixth-consecutive West Region champion to reach the final game at the National Midget Championship and will look on Sunday to join Brandon (2004), Saskatoon (2005) and Prince Albert (2006, 2007) as gold medalists from the west in the last six years.

The only undefeated team in round robin play, the Hounds looked to have the game in hand when Pat McGillis gave them a 3-1 lead early in the second period. But goals from Eliezer Sherbatov and Alexandre Lavoie pulled the Quebec champs even, and Sherbatov took advantage of a sloppy Notre Dame line change to give the Rousseau Sports their first lead at 4-3 with just six minutes to go, setting the stage for the Hounds’ comeback.

Bryce Milson, who earned his team’s Player of the Game nod, scored twice in the first period, while Zach Hodder ended any chance of a Laval-Bouarassa comeback by scoring into an empty net with 30 seconds remaining.

Thomas Martin scored the other goal for the Rousseau Sports, who will look to become the fifth-consecutive team from Quebec to win bronze on Sunday morning (11 a.m. CT).


Game Information
Game Number 16  Round Semi-Final
Arena Selkirk Recreation Complex City, Country Selkirk, Man., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/25/2009 Time (local) 02:00 PM CT
Attendance 597 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Rousseau Sports de Laval-Bourassa (QUE) 1 2 1 4
Notre Dame Hounds (WST) 2 1 3 6
First Period
   00:46 WST 14 Bryce Milson (12 Drew George)
   02:43 QUE 18 Thomas Martin (26 Kevin Fiset, 8 Michaël Turcotte)
   11:08 WST 14 Bryce Milson (21 Trevor Cameron, 16 Lucas Froese)

   03:43 WST 9 Nils Moser (Hooking)
   06:11 QUE 18 Thomas Martin (Holding)
   07:55 WST 3 Justin Sefton (Interference)
   13:52 QUE 4 Samuel Asselin (Tripping)

Second Period
   04:02 WST 19 Patrick McGillis (10 Francis Menard, 4 Zachary Hodder)
   05:44 QUE 13 Eliezer Sherbatov (14 Joey-Samuël Godin, 47 Jonathan Narbonne)
   12:03 QUE 19 Alexandre Lavoie (14 Joey-Samuël Godin, 8 Michaël Turcotte)

   06:08 WST 20 Blaine Thomson (Hooking)
   09:39 QUE 42 Sean Girard (Holding)

Third Period
   14:02 QUE 13 Eliezer Sherbatov
   16:15 WST 22 Jesse Pauls (8 Brad Cuzner, 4 Zachary Hodder) PP
   17:39 WST 16 Lucas Froese (21 Trevor Cameron, 7 Brent Benson)
   19:30 WST 4 Zachary Hodder EN

   11:46 WST 2 Scott Bolland (Interference)
   14:42 QUE 4 Samuel Asselin (Holding)
   19:30 WST 4 Zachary Hodder (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
   19:30 QUE 8 Michaël Turcotte (Roughing After Whistle)

Rousseau Sports de Laval-Bourassa
1 Jeffrey Noonan On 1/00:00   Off 2/04:02
29 Simon Giroux On 2/04:03   Off 3/20:00
Notre Dame Hounds
1 Christopher Gibson On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Rousseau Sports de Laval-Bourassa 5 14 8 27
Notre Dame Hounds 14 15 19 48

Player of Game
Rousseau Sports de Laval-Bourassa 13 Eliezer Sherbatov
Notre Dame Hounds 14 Bryce Milson
Referee Brett Montison
Lines People Dereck Heppner, Bryden Hutlet