2008 National Midget Championship

Séminaire St-François Blizzard  3 -  Cole Harbour McCains  1



One year ago, they were the bronze medalists in Red Deer, AB. This year, the Séminaire Saint-François Blizzard look to improve their medal colour to gold and took the first step on Monday, topping the Cole Harbour McCains 3-1 in the opening game of the 2008 TELUS Cup.

William Cloutier, Jérôme Gauthier-Leduc and Tommy Giroux scored for Saint-François, who held a 29-20 advantage in shots on goal over the McCains. Jordan Mock had the lone goal for Cole Harbour, who saw their 11-game winning streak – dating back to the Nova Scotia provincial playoffs – snapped with the loss.

The Blizzard controlled play in the opening 20 minutes, and took the lead at the 9:23 mark when Cloutier took a pass from Jean-Phillipe Mathieu at the Saint-François blueline, cut into the slot and beat Cole Harbour goaltender Kody Blois with a snapshot low to the glove side.

Despite being outshot 11-6 in the first period, the McCains replied late in the frame as Mock deposited the rebound off a shot from blueliner Theodore Hannah past Blizzard goaltender Jean-Phillipe Gagnon to pull the Atlantic champions even after one period.

Gauthier-Leduc scored the only goal of the second period, capitalizing on a two-man advantage for the Blizzard by putting his point shot off the post and past Blois, capping off a wild powerplay that saw Saint-François miss numerous chances before the goal, and Giroux rounded out the scoring at the seven-minute mark of the third period, gathering in the puck after a scramble in front of Blois and scoring his team’s third goal.

Saint-François captain Frédérick Roy was named his team’s player of the game, while Cole Harbour’s Jordan Burke took home the honour for the Atlantic Region representatives.

The Blizzard return to the ice at the Nick Smith Centre on Tuesday afternoon when they face the Winnipeg Thrashers at 12:00 p.m. ET, while the McCains will take on the host Ottawa Valley Titans at 7:30 p.m. ET.


Game Information
Game Number Round Round Robin
Arena Nick Smith Centre City, Country Arnprior, Ont., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/21/2008 Time (local) 12:00 PM ET
Attendance 250 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Séminaire St-François Blizzard (QUE) 1 1 1 3
Cole Harbour McCains (ATL) 1 0 0 1
First Period
   09:23 QUE 49 William Cloutier (47 Jean-Phillipe Mathieu)
   19:43 ATL 8 Jordan Mock (6 Theodore Hannah, 17 Jordan Burke)

   01:34 ATL 21 Stuart Lenehan (Slashing)
   04:36 QUE 37 Frédérick Roy (Slashing)
   07:12 QUE 48 Tommy Déry (Slashing)
   11:07 ATL 2 Ian Saab (Boarding)

Second Period
   07:07 QUE 56 Jérome Gauthier-Leduc (38 Guillaume Asselin) PP2

   05:20 ATL 12 Nicholas Young (Roughing)
   06:15 ATL 4 Jordan Thomas (Tripping)
   07:47 QUE 44 Dave Leclerc (Hooking)
   11:19 QUE 56 Jérome Gauthier-Leduc (Interference)
   17:12 QUE 37 Frédérick Roy (Slashing)

Third Period
   06:59 QUE 26 Tommy Giroux (54 Philippe Halley)

   00:38 QUE 47 Jean-Phillipe Mathieu (High Sticking)
   17:55 QUE 56 Jérome Gauthier-Leduc (Tripping)

Séminaire St-François Blizzard
29 Jean-Phillipe Gagnon On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Cole Harbour McCains
1 Kody Blois On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Séminaire St-François Blizzard 11 7 11 29
Cole Harbour McCains 6 9 5 20

Player of Game
Séminaire St-François Blizzard 47 Jean-Phillipe Mathieu
Cole Harbour McCains 17 Jordan Burke
Referee Matt Wilson
Lines People Mathieu Charlebois, Joshua Blank