Ottawa Jr. 67's 4 - Valley Wildcats 2

MERCIER SCORES TWICE, JR. 67’S GET INTO WIN COLUMN

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. – Medric Mercier scored a pair of power play goals to get the offence going and lead the Ottawa Jr. 67’s to their first win at the 2013 TELUS Cup, 4-2 over the Valley Wildcats on Tuesday afternoon.

The victory ends a seven-game losing streak for Central Region champions, dating back to the London Jr. Knights’ semifinal win over Lac St-Louis at the 2011 TELUS Cup.

Peter Sigouin and Matthew Hudson had the other goals for Ottawa (1-1), which posted the first victory by a team from the nation’s capital since the tournament went to a six-team format in 1984, and the first overall since Ottawa West beat Saint John 6-4 in 1983.

John Deacon and Brett Tidman scored for Valley (0-2), which finished on the wrong end of a 32-24 shot clock.

Mercier scored 14 seconds into the Jr. 67’s first power play opportunity midway through the first period, and connected 52 seconds into another man advantage six minutes into the second to put Ottawa ahead.

Sigouin’s goal three minutes later stood up as the game-winner after Deacon and Tidman scored third-period goals to pull the Wildcats within one with 3:12 to go.

Hudson gave the Jr. 67’s some breathing room with 1:46 left, rounding out the scoring.

Simon Hofley got the win for Ottawa, making 21 saves. Michael Cullen replaced Hofley for a minute late in the third, making one stop. Michael Pettet went the distance for the Wildcats, turning aside 28 shots.

The Jr. 67’s will look to make it two in a row Wednesday night against the host Sault Ste. Marie North Stars (7:30 p.m. ET), while Valley will try again for win No. 1 when it faces the Rousseau Royal de Laval-Montréal in the day’s early game (noon ET).

Game Information/Renseignements sur le match
Game #/No. de match 5 Round/Ronde Preliminary
Arena/Aréna Essar Centre
Location/Lieu Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Date Tue. Apr. 23, 2013
Time/Heure 4:00 p.m. ET

 

Box Score/Compte 1 2 3 Total
CEN
1 2 1 4
ATL
0 0 2 2

 

Goals & Penalties/Buts et pénalités
First Period/Première période
Goals/Buts :
09:22 CEN Medric Mercier (Jason Wilson) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénaltés :
09:08 ATL Steven Brooker (Holding/Accrocher)
14:15 CEN Medric Mercier (Interference/Obstruction)
17:37 ATL Patrick Duggan (Tripping/Faire trébucher)
18:56 ATL Duncan McKie (Check to the Head/Mise en échec à la tête)
18:56 ATL Duncan McKie (Check to the Head/Mise en échec à la tête)
Second Period/Deuxième période
Goals/Buts :
05:43 CEN Medric Mercier (Ryan Kuffner/Matthew Hudson) PP/AN
08:43 CEN Peter Sigouin (Jordan Stouros/Geoff Hiebert)

Penalties/Pénaltés
04:51 ATL Patrick Duggan (Hooking/Accrocher)
10:35 ATL Tyler McDowell (Interference/Obstruction)
Third Period/Troisième période
Goals/Buts :
00:51 ATL John Deacon (Grant Janes, Nic Blanchard)
16:48 ATL Brett Tidman (Eric Chipman)
18:14 CEN Matthew Hudson (Jason Wilson) PP/AN

Penalties/Pénaltés :
02:29 CEN Elias Rizk (Check to the Head/Mise en échec à la tête)
05:35 ATL Duncan McKie (Check from Behind/Mise en échec par-derrière)
17:40 ATL Eric Chipman (Boarding/Donner de la bande)

 

Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
CEN Simon Hofley 
Michael Cullen (in 3rd/18:15)
Simon Hofley (in 3rd/19:00)
ATL Michael Pettet

 

Shots on Goal/Tirs au but 1 2 3 Total
CEN 11 13 8 32
ATL 8 4 12 24

 

Players of the Game/Joueurs du match
CEN Medric Mercier
ATL Michael Pettet
Scoreboard
Friday, April 26, 2013
09:30 a.m. ET
PAC 2 – CEN 2
Preliminary
1:00 p.m. ET
ATL 1 – WST 9
Preliminary
4:30 p.m. ET QUE 9 – HST 2
Preliminary
Saturday, April 27, 2013
2:00 p.m. ET
WST 1 - PAC 5
Semifinal
6:00 p.m. ET
QUE 1 - CEN 4
Semifinal
Sunday, April 28, 2013
11:00 a.m. ET
WST 2 - QUE 3
Bronze
3:00 p.m. ET
CEN 0 - PAC 5
Gold



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