In a back and forth game Camrose defeated the Lennoxville on the back of Camrose goaltender Mike Brodeur to advance to the Royal Bank Cup finals.
Camrose had entered the game as the top team after the round robin and Lennoxville finished fourth with a record of 2-2.
Brodeur came up big, with 40 stops on 41 shots compared to the 35 shots they got off on Lennoxville.
“I thought some of our guys were scared it’s a semifinal game and didn’t think we played well, it’s that plain and simple. Mike made some key saves for us, we woke up a little bit,” said Boris Rybalka, the head coach for Camrose. But added they still weren’t playing their game.
Rybalka, was not happy with all the calls called against his team.
“I won’t say anything about how we do with undisciplined penalties. I think there were questionable calls both ways. Again in a semifinal game, in a championship game, you want to see it won on the ice. The only penalties you want to be call are the ones that are goal scoring opportunities,” said Rybalka.
Lennoxville who control the majority of the first period and put some pressure on Camrose in the third scored the only goal of the first period on a shot from Charles Veilleux. Veilleux shot the puck from the blue line and it went through the five hole on Brodeur.
Camrose played better in the second period. They started to lay on the body on the smaller Lennoxville team.
The Camrose goal in the second was Justin Taylor, who was sitting on the crease to the left of goaltender Jason Smith and put the puck past Smith.
Camrose almost scored twice with in the last two minutes of the second.
On of those chances was when Camrose had shot the puck on net and Smith gave up two rebounds in a row but Camrose couldn’t put it pass the toe of Smith.
Another one of the chances was when one shot was stopped by Smith and then he let off a large rebound into the waiting arms of a Camrose player who put the puck in the back of the net just after the time ran out for the period.
In the third period Camrose scored another goal to give them a little breathing room.
Ryan Muspratt smacked the puck out of the air when Smith couldn’t control the rebound on MacGregor Sharp’s shot.
Camrose will face the winner of the second semifinal game between the Humboldt Broncos and the Wellington Dukes in the finals but Rybalka said he doesn’t care which team they face.
“It doesn’t really matter (who wins the other semifinals) who ever it is we will be ready for them,” said Rybalka.