Hockey Canada Network |
News
Brooks Bandits and Summerside Western Capitals to meet for 2013 RBC Cup
NR.077.13
|
May 18, 2013
|
|

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – The Brooks Bandits and Summerside Western Capitals will meet for the 2013 RBC Cup, Canada’s 43rd National Junior A Championship, after posting semifinal wins in overtime on Saturday at CUP. The Bandits defeated the Minnesota Wilderness 5-4 in overtime, while the Western Capitals needed extra time to beat the Surrey Eagles 3-2.

Sunday’s championship game faces off at 7 p.m. AT/3 p.m. PT and can be seen on tape delay on TSN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.

With a win Sunday, the Western Capitals would be the first to win the national championship twice as the host team, doing so in 1997, the last time the city welcomed Canada’s top Junior A teams. They would also be the first team from the Maritime Hockey League to win the national championship since the Halifax Oland Exports in 2002. Summerside is the second consecutive MHL team to reach the final, following the Woodstock Slammers last year.

The Bandits, who are making their first appearance at the RBC Cup, are trying to become the second consecutive team ranked No. 1 in the end-of-season CJHL Top 20 to win the national title, after the Penticton Vees did it in 2012. Brooks is the first Alberta Junior Hockey League team to reach the final since the Camrose Kodiaks in 2008, and will look to be the first AJHL to win the RBC Cup since Camrose in 2001.

In Saturday’s early semifinal, Mark Reners scored 8:30 into overtime to lead the Bandits over the Wilderness, avoiding the second straight loss by the preliminary round’s top seed in the semifinals. Minnesota led 4-2 after two periods and 4-3 in the final minute of regulation time before Dakota Mason banked in a shot from behind the Wilderness net to force overtime. Reners finished with a pair of goals, as did RJ Reed, and both players added assists for three-point games.

In the late game, Chris Caissy’s goal at 17:57 of overtime led the Western Capitals into the championship game with a win over the Eagles in front of the largest crowd in RBC Cup history – 3,386. It’s the third time Summerside has advanced to the final with an overtime win in the semifinal, all coming in national championships it has hosted (1989, 1997, 2013). Caissy finished with three points, assisting on goals by JP Harvey and Danny Chiasson in regulation time, while Western Capitals netminder Kevin Bailie was spectacular, making 50 saves in the win.

The teams met Tuesday in preliminary round action – Harvey scored twice and Chiasson added a goal and an assist in a 3-1 Summerside win, the lone blemish on Brooks’ record entering Sunday’s championship game.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Keegan Goodrich, Hockey Canada’s coordinator of media relations, will be on site at the 2013 RBC Cup and will be the media contact for interviews, information or photos. He can be reached at 403-519-5754 or kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca.

For more information on the 2013 RBC Cup, visit www.hockeycanada.ca/rbccup, or follow the tournament via social media at www.facebook.com/rbccup and www.twitter.com/hc_rbccup.

 


For more information:

André Brin
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557
abrin@hockeycanada.ca

Francis Dupont
Manager, Media Relations/Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4564
fdupont@hockeycanada.ca

Jason LaRose
Manager, Content Services
Hockey Canada
403-777-4553
jlarose@hockeycanada.ca

Kristen Lipscombe
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
klipscombe@hockeycanada.ca

Keegan Goodrich
Coordinator, Media
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
kgoodrich@hockeycanada.ca

facebook.com/hockeycanada

twitter.com/hockeycanada

youtube.com/hockeycanadavideos

Videos
Photos
2014 WU18C: CAN 2 - SVK 1
Apr 20, 2014
Brendan Perlini’s two goals led Canada to a victory over the Slovaks.
2014 Esso Cup: WEY 2 - SUD 1
Apr 20, 2014
Jenica Whitrow scoredwith less than two minutes to play to winit for Weyburn.
2014 WU18C: CAN 5 - GER 2
Apr 19, 2014
Ryan Gropp scored with 5:36 to go to help Canada to its second win.
2014 WU18C: CAN 3 - SWE 1
Apr 17, 2014
Virtanen scored twice to lead Canada to the tournament-opening win.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 5 – USA 1
Mar 30, 2014
U18 women win gold.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 1 – RUS 0 (OT)
Mar 29, 2014
Canada edges Russia in overtime.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 5 – CZE 0
Mar 26, 2014
Canadians shut out Czechs.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 7 – FIN 0
Mar 24, 2014
U18 women blank Finland.
2014 WWU18C: CAN 7 – JPN 1
Mar 23, 2014
Canada starts Worlds with win
2014 PARA: CAN 3 – NOR 0 (Bronze)
Mar 15, 2014
Billy Bridges scored a pair of goals to lead Canada to a Paralympic bronze.
2014 PARA: USA 3 – CAN 0 (Semifinal)
Mar 13, 2014
Corbin Watson made seven saves, but Canada will play for Paralympic bronze.
2010 OLYW: Flag Raising
Feb 10, 2010
Canada's National Women's Team taking part in the Flag Raising ceremony at the Olympic Village in Vancouver, B.C.
Schedule
Close
Credit  
Close
Photo Credit: