St. John's Maple Leafs 0 - Red Deer Optimist Rebels 10
OPTIMIST REBELS DOMINATE LEAFS
The Red Deer Optimist Rebels came out flying for their second game of the 2007 TELUS Cup on Tuesday night, putting on an offensive and defensive clinic against the St. John’s Maple Leafs in a 10-0 win. The Optimist Rebels were flying from the get-go, not allowing a shot on goal until halfway through the first period.
Marc Boulanger recorded his second consecutive shutout in the Optimist Rebels goal, turning aside just 15 shots. Boulanger has had to face just 29 shots thus far at the National Midget Championship.
The Rebels spread the scoring around as six different players scored, including Elliott Marion, Kaare Odegard, Darren Windle, Kyle Reynolds and Matt Fraser, who had two goals apiece, and three-year veteran Landon Hiebert, who notched a hat-trick.
Reynolds was named Red Deer’s Player of the Game following his two goal, three assist effort.
Although Boulanger didn’t get much work he was solid when he needed to be, running his shutout streak to 120 minutes and maintaining his tournament-leading 0.00 goals against average.
Although the netminder has been stellar for the Optimist Rebels, he attributed a lot of his success to his teammates.
“We have some of the most skilled and talented guys (at the TELUS Cup) in our room.” Boulanger said, “It’s not too tough when you’re playing for such a talented team.”
Mitch Flynn was named Player of the Game for the Maple Leafs, who fell to 0-2.
They face-off with the Prince Albert Mintos on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the Red Deer Arena, while the Optimist Rebels will take on the Vancouver North West Giants at 7:00 p.m.
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PREVIEW: MAPLE LEAFS LOOK TO SPOIL OPTIMIST REBELS PARTY
After an opening-night win in front of a raucous home-ice crowd, the Red Deer Optimist Rebels return to the ice for game number two of the 2007 TELUS Cup, as they take on the St. John’s Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
The Optimist Rebels’ offense sputtered against the Sault Ste. Marie North Stars on Monday night, taking close to 35 minutes to get a puck past North Stars’ goaltender Thomas Gravelines.
But goals from Matt Fraser on the powerplay and Cass Mappin shorthanded were more than enough for a strong defense and the play of goaltender Marc Boulanger, who picked up the first shutout of the National Midget Championship, stopping 14 shots.
The Maple Leafs, making their second TELUS Cup appearance in as many years, dropped a tight 3-1 decision to the Séminaire Saint-François Blizzard on Monday, in a game where the Atlantic Region champions failed to capitalize on a number of scoring chances.
Kyle Downer was one of the lone highlights for the Maple Leafs, as the goaltender turned aside 25 of 28 shots on his way to Player of the Game honours for his team.
It has been 25 games since the Optimist Rebels dropped a game on home ice, and if their play on Monday night was any indication, it will take a gold medal-worthy performance from the Maple Leafs to end that streak.