2011 National Midget Championship

St. John's Privateers 3 - Vancouver NW Giants 4


ST. JOHN'S, N.L. – Jackson Houck scored the game-tying goal early in the third period and helpedsetupSamReinhart for the game-winner six minutes later as the Vancouver North West Giants survivedascareonWednesday night, beating the St. John's Privateers 4-3.

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The win leaves the Giants (3-0) as the tournament's lone unbeaten team, while the Privateers(1-2)sawtheirsemifinal chances take a hit despite holding leads of 2-1 and 3-2 through the first 40minutes.Comingoff itsfirst win of the tournament 24 hours earlier, St. John's came out with jump againstthePacificRegionchampions, but fell victim to the vaunted Vancouver power play, which converted for theeighthtime in13chances when Alex Kerfoot snapped a shot past Matt Jenkins.

It took just 46 seconds for the Privateers to reply, however, as Marcus Power drove to theVancouvernetandsnuck a shot through the pads of Giants netminder Scott Legault to ignite the hometown crowdatMileOneCentre. Fans were barely back in their seats at the start of the second period whenJustinO'Reillywentcrossbar and in on Legault to give St. John's its first lead of the game at 2-1.

Penalties came back to haunt the Privateers, though, with the Giants pulling even onanothermanadvantage;Joel Issigonis tipped home a Bo Pellah shot just shy of the midway point of themiddleframe.

St. John's took its third and final lead at 14:12 of the second when Danny Wicks buried aneatlittlefeedfrom Power, who finished with a goal and two assists.

Once again the Giants turned to their power play, although it was a fortuitous bounce offthecornerboardsthat allowed Kerfoot and Reinhart to set up Houck for his fourth goal of the tournament.

The Privateers had a glorious opportunity to retake the lead when Power was awarded apenaltyshotshortlyafter Houck's goal, but the St. John's captain had his forehand deke stymied by the padofLegault,who keptthe game tied.

That set up the Kerfoot-to-Reinhart combination that has been so reliable for the Giantsallweek.Kerfootfound Reinhart in front, and the son of former NHLer Paul Reinhart buried it behind JenkinstogiveVancouverits first lead since 1-0.

Reinhart's goal was the only one not scored with the man advantage by Vancouver, although itcamejust20seconds after a St. John's penalty had ended, with Vancouver's top power play unit stillontheice.Vancouver tries to run its record to 4-0 on Thursday after when it takes on the Lions duLacSt-Louis(3:30p.m. NT), while the Privateers will look to keep their semifinal hopes alive againsttheWinnipegThrashers(7 p.m. NT).


Game Information
Game Number 9 Round Preliminary
Arena Mile One Centre City, Country St. John's, N.L.
Month / Day / Year 04/20/2011 Time 07:00 PM NT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
St. John's Privateers (HST) 1 2 0 3
Vancouver NW Giants (PAC) 1 1 2 4

First Period
   13:29 PAC 14 Alex Kerfoot (7 Cam Marks) PP
   14:29 HST 9 Marcus Power   PP

   04:51 HST 7 Liam Hynes (Hooking)
   13:34 HST 44 Brandon Pye (Elbowing)
   14:23 PAC 10 Alex Roberts (Charging)
   15:22 PAC 21 Geoffrey Soo (Tripping)

Second Period
   00:43 HST 6 Justin O'Reilly (94 Michael Abbott , 9 Marcus Power )
   08:24 PAC 24 Joel Issigonis (17 Bo Pellah, 21 Geoffrey Soo) PP
   14:12 HST 12 Danny Wicks (9 Marcus Power , 6 Justin O'Reilly)

   06:35 HST 44 Brandon Pye (Roughing)

Third Period
   05:31 PAC 16 Jackson Houck (14 Alex Kerfoot, 23 Sam Reinhart) PP
   11:25 PAC 23 Sam Reinhart (14 Alex Kerfoot, 16 Jackson Houck)

   00:27 PAC 3 Mitchell Steinke (Hooking)
   04:33 HST   (Too Many Men)
   09:03 HST 9 Marcus Power  (Hooking)
   14:55 PAC 19 Sean Lan (Tripping)
   19:44 HST 94 Michael Abbott  (Interference)

St. John's Privateers
31 Matt Jenkins On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Vancouver NW Giants
35 Scott Legault On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
St. John's Privateers 7 11 8 26
Vancouver NW Giants 7 13 5 25

Player of the Game
Vancouver NW Giants 14 Alex Kerfoot
St. John's Privateers 12 Danny Wicks
Referee Chris Bishop
Lines People Mike Winslow, Travis Harris
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