2010 RBC Cup

Brockville Braves  0 -  Vernon Vipers  2


DAUPHIN, Man. – The Jones brothers are back together, and the Vernon Vipers are going back to the championship game at the RBC Cup.

Connor Jones, making his first appearance of the tournament, scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period and set up his twin brother Kellen for the insurance marker six minutes later as the Vipers blanked the Brockville Braves 2-0 to advance to Sunday’s final.

The win means the Vipers will have the opportunity to become the first team to win back-to-back National Junior A Championships since Vernon, known then as the Lakers, claimed national crowns in 1990 and 1991.

Vernon carried the play for much of the opening 40 minutes, outshooting the Braves – including 15-5 in the second period – but Brockville goaltender Justin Gilbert lived up to the Top Goaltender honours he received on Friday night, making a number of spectacular saves to keep the game scoreless after two.

The Vipers continued to apply the pressure to start the third, and were rewarded when Connor, who missed the round robin with an undisclosed injury, took a pass from Kellen, undressed a Brockville defender with an inside-out move and slid the puck through the five-hole of Gilbert to finally break the ice.

Six minutes later the brothers broke in on a two-on-one, and this time it was Connor setting up Kellen, who one-timed a shot off the post and past a surprised Gilbert to double the Vernon lead and all but seal the victory.

Graeme Gordon made 20 saves in the Vernon goal for the shutout, the first of this year’s RBC Cup.

The Vipers will await the result of Saturday’s late semifinal between Dauphin and La Ronge to find out who they will play in Sunday’s championship game (2 p.m. CT, TSN2).


Game Information
Game Number 11  Round Semi-Final
Arena Credit Union Place City, Country Dauphin, Man., Canada
Month / Day / Year 05/08/2010 Time (local) 02:00 PM CT
Attendance 1758 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Brockville Braves (EST) 0 0 0 0
Vernon Vipers (PAC) 0 0 2 2
First Period

   09:13 EST 12 Nathan Slack (Roughing)

Second Period

   00:48 EST 10 Tyson Wilson (Slashing)
   02:13 EST 43 Dylan Robichaud (High Sticking)
   13:05 PAC 20 Rob Short (10-Minute Misconduct)
   13:05 PAC 20 Rob Short (Checking to the Head)
   19:16 EST 7 Shayne Thompson (Hooking)

Third Period
   09:41 PAC 10 Connor Jones (15 Kellen Jones)
   15:51 PAC 15 Kellen Jones (10 Connor Jones, 17 Sahir Gill)

   03:09 PAC 11 Cory Kane (High Sticking)
   10:59 PAC 19 Jonathan Milhouse (Hooking)
   16:52 EST 5 Alex Boak (Interference)
   16:52 PAC 5 Mike Collins (Inter. on Goaltender)
   18:11 EST Team (Too Many Men)

Brockville Braves
1 Justin Gilbert On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Vernon Vipers
35 Graeme Gordon On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Brockville Braves 8 5 7 20
Vernon Vipers 10 15 10 35

Player of Game
Brockville Braves 1 Justin Gilbert
Vernon Vipers 10 Connor Jones
Referee Ryan Galley
Lines People Darryl Surminski, Sheldon Penner