2011 National Midget Championship

Winnipeg Thrashers 4 - Lions du Lac St-Louis 3 (OT)


ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Brendyn Illchuk was the overtime hero, scoring 10:16 into the second extra period, asthe Winnipeg Thrashers advanced to the gold medal game at the 2011 TELUS Cup with a 4-3 semifinal win overthe Lions du Lac St-Louis on Saturday afternoon.

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Illchuk picked up the puck off a won face-off by Regan Stire and slipped a shot through the legs ofFrançois Brassard to send the Thrashers to the final (Sunday, 4 p.m. NT) for the second time in four years –they lost the 2008 gold medal game to the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves.

It’s also the eighth consecutive year that the West Region champions will play for TELUS Cup gold, datingback to 2004. Six of the first seven teams won the national title, all except the ’08 Thrashers.

Patrick Walsh opened the scoring for the Lions at the 7:37 mark of the first period, but Lac St-Louisfound itself in a 3-1 hole just four minutes later thanks to goals from Tanner Quinn, Corey Petrash andTyrenn Bauer in a span of 1:53.

But just like one day earlier, when Winnipeg blew a 3-1 lead and had to settle for a 3-3 draw withHalifax, the Thrashers allowed their opponents back into the game, and Lac St-Louis pulled even at 3-3 thanksto goals from Jonathan Drouin and Anthony Cortese 2:06 apart midway through the second period.

That would be it for scoring for the next 47 minutes, as both teams exchanged chances but could not getthe go-ahead goal in regulation time, nor the game-winner in overtime, until Illchuk’s goal.

Lac St-Louis will meet the loser of Saturday’s second semifinal in Sunday’s bronze medal game (10 a.m.NT). The Lions have never failed to medal in their previous five trips to the national championship, winningtwo gold medals and three bronze.


Game Information
Game Number 16 Round Semifinal
Arena Mile One Centre City, Country St. John's, N.L.
Month / Day / Year 04/23/2011 Time 02:00 PM NT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3     OT1     OT2   Total
Winnipeg Thrashers (WST) 3 0 0 0 1 4
Lions du Lac St-Louis (QUE) 1 2 0 0 0 3

First Period
   07:37 QUE 20 Patrick Walsh (10 Anthony Duclair)
   09:35 WST 3 Tanner Quinn (4 Cody Danylchuk)
   11:00 WST 15 Corey Petrash (7 Riley Kuryk)
   11:28 WST 21 Tyrenn Bauer (8 Tyler Kauk)

   02:19 QUE 21 Neil Robinson (High Sticking)
   14:25 WST 6 Ryan Leaf (Elbowing)
   18:35 QUE 27 Jonathan Drouin (Interference)

Second Period
   11:07 QUE 27 Jonathan Drouin (9 Kurt Etchegary, 2 Ryan Patulli)
   13:13 QUE 4 Anthony Cortese (10 Anthony Duclair, 7 Michael Matheson) PP

   02:11 QUE 18 Dylan Trevis (Roughing)
   03:36 WST 10 Adam Henry (Holding)
   03:57 QUE 22 Alexandros Soumakis (Roughing)
   07:05 WST 16 Justin Derlago (Slashing)
   11:20 WST 4 Cody Danylchuk (Roughing)
   13:41 WST 19 Lyrik Friesen (10-Minute Misconduct)
   13:41 WST 19 Lyrik Friesen (Checking to the Head)
   13:58 QUE 9 Kurt Etchegary (Tripping)
   17:01 QUE 2 Ryan Patulli (Holding)
   19:31 WST 2 Ian Humphreys (Interference)

Third Period

   12:18 QUE 6 Andrew Rossy (Interference)



   09:58 QUE 7 Michael Matheson (Interference)

Second Overtime
   10:16 WST 18 Brendyn Illchuk (11 Regan Stire, 14 Morgan Winchar)


Winnipeg Thrashers
35 Teagan Sacher On 1/00:00 Off 5/10:16
Lions du Lac St-Louis
33 François Brassard On 1/00:00 Off 5/10:16

Shots on Goal   1     2     3     OT1     OT2   Total
Winnipeg Thrashers 11 7 8 4 4 34
Lions du Lac St-Louis 10 11 11 6 8 46

Referee Justin Day
Lines People Travis Harris, Jason Baker
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