2012 National Midget Championship

Leduc Oil Kings 6 - Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 3


LEDUC, Alta. – Hayden Dawes scored twice and added two assists and Kord Pankewicz had a goal and three helpers as the Leduc Oil Kings stayed perfect at the 2012 TELUS Cup with a 6-3 win over the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves on Tuesday night.

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The Oil Kings are the first host team to open the National Midget Championship with consecutive wins since the Red Deer Rebels in 2007, the last time an Alberta team hosted the tournament.

Carson Powlik, Preston Eshenko and Jody Sick also scored for Leduc (2-0), which chased Sudbury starter Maxim Veilleux after Sick’s goal made it 5-0 Oil Kings just 5:45 into the second period. Powlik added two assists to his goal and Leduc netminder Kevin Verhoeff stopped 28 of 31 shots in his tournament debut.

Connor Burgess, Michael Laidley and Brandon Langella scored in the first four-and-a-half minutes of the third period for Sudbury (0-2), cutting a five-goal deficit to two, but that would be as close as the Central Region champions would get.

Andrew Lefebvre kept Sudbury within striking distance in his 34 minutes of work between the pipes, making 24 saves and allowing only Dawes’ second goal of the game with just 4:25 to go.

The Wolves will be in tough if they hope to repeat their 2008 national championship performance; in the last 20 years only one team, the 2004 Brandon Wheat Kings, opened the tournament with consecutive losses before going on to win the gold medal.

An all-Alberta match-up awaits Leduc next, as it faces Red Deer on Wednesday night (7:30 p.m. MT), while Sudbury tries again to find the win column when it takes on Saskatoon in an afternoon contest (4 p.m. MT).


Game Information
Game Number 6 Round Preliminary
Arena Leduc Recreation Centre City, Country Leduc, Alta.
Month / Day / Year 04/24/2012 Time 07:30 PM MT
Attendance Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Leduc Oil Kings (HST) 3 2 1 6
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves (CEN) 0 0 3 3

First Period
   06:09 HST 20 Hayden Dawes (21 Kord Pankewicz, 8 Doug Morris) PP
   09:01 HST 11 Carson Powlik (20 Hayden Dawes, 21 Kord Pankewicz)
   15:10 HST 16 Preston Eshenko (11 Carson Powlik, 19 Jacob Williamson)

   02:26 HST 4 Macklin Pichonsky (Cross Checking)
   04:58 CEN 11 Dylan Callaghan (Cross Checking)
   09:45 HST 2 Brennan Hunker (Checking to the Head)
   12:24 CEN 25 Steven Green (Boarding)

Second Period
   01:07 HST 21 Kord Pankewicz (20 Hayden Dawes, 11 Carson Powlik)
   05:45 HST 22 Jody Sick (8 Doug Morris, 14 Carter Huebner)

   06:52 HST 18 Evan Polei (Tripping)
   13:52 CEN 4 Kyle Fransen (Slashing)

Third Period
   00:16 CEN 15 Connor Burgess (18 Peter Poulin-Roy)
   04:12 CEN 21 Michael Laidley (24 Ryan Erickson, 4 Kyle Fransen)
   04:32 CEN 8 Brandon Langella (24 Ryan Erickson)
   15:35 HST 20 Hayden Dawes (21 Kord Pankewicz)

   02:19 HST 10 Robert Cain (Inter. on Goaltender)

Leduc Oil Kings
35 Kevin Verhoeff On 1/00:00 Off 3/20:00
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves
33 Andrew Lefebvre On 2/5:46 Off 3/20:00
55 Maxim Veilleux On 1/00:00 Off 2/5:45

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Leduc Oil Kings 19 21 13 53
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 13 7 14 34

Player of the Game
Leduc Oil Kings 21 Kord Pankewicz
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 24 Ryan Erickson
Referee Kyle Kowalski
Lines People Cam Penstone, Jason Nedinis
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