2010 RBC Cup

La Ronge Ice Wolves  2 -  Dauphin Kings  6


DAUPHIN, Man. – The clock has struck midnight for the 2010 RBC Cup’s Cinderella team.

Dauphin captain Steven Shamanski scored twice and added an assist as the Kings ended La Ronge’s dream season with a 6-2 victory in Saturday night’s semifinal at the National Junior A Championship, advancing to Sunday’s final against the Vernon Vipers (2 p.m. CT, TSN2).

The Ice Wolves were the seventh seed entering the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoffs before going on an unexpected run to the league title, earning a berth to the national championship when the host Kings won the Manitoba title.

Dauphin and La Ronge met seven times beginning April 16, with the Ice Wolves winning the first game before dropping the next six, including a 3-2 round-robin loss to the Kings on Tuesday and Saturday’s semi.

The Kings came out with the jump, outshooting La Ronge 15-7 in the first period, but only Bryce Lamb could beat Joel Danyluk. Lamb took a pass from Shamanski in the slot and snapped a quick shot past the blocker of the Ice Wolves netminder.

Angus Klassen doubled the lead four minutes into the second period, speeding past a La Ronge defender and roofing a shot over Danyluk’s glove, and Shamanski made it 3-0 nine minutes later, slipping a slot through the five-hole.

But the pesky Ice Wolves would not go away, and goals from Aaron Enns and Ben Findlay made it a one-goal game at 3-2 heading to the final 20 minutes.

Zeanan Ziemer slowed the La Ronge momentum by gathering a bounce off the end boards and beating Danyluk at 6:35 before Mitch Czibere put the game officially out of reach with a power play goal four minutes later.

Shamanski’s second of the game, into an empty net, rounded out the scoring with 1:14 to go, delighting the crowd of 2,247 who turned out to cheer on the home side.

The Kings will have a chance on Sunday to become the first host team since Weyburn in 2005 to win the national championship, and the first hosts since Halifax in 2002 to do it undefeated.


Game Information
Game Number 12  Round Semi-Final
Arena Credit Union Place City, Country Dauphin, Man., Canada
Month / Day / Year 05/08/2010 Time (local) 07:00 PM CT
Attendance 2247 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
La Ronge Ice Wolves (WST) 0 2 0 2
Dauphin Kings (HST) 1 2 3 6
First Period
   10:36 HST 12 Bryce Lamb (21 Steven Shamanski)

   04:49 WST 15 Dan Conacher (Interference)
   07:44 HST 21 Steven Shamanski (Slashing)
   11:31 HST 20 Shane Luke (Cross Checking)

Second Period
   03:57 HST 11 Angus Klassen
   12:51 HST 21 Steven Shamanski
   15:16 WST 19 Aaron Enns (9 Nolan Souchotte)
   19:28 WST 7 Ben Findlay (10 Marc-Andre Carre)

   05:37 WST 25 Robert Monfore (Holding)
   15:31 WST 5 Colton MacPherson (Cross Checking)

Third Period
   06:35 HST 74 Zeanan Ziemer (3 Dallas Drysdale, 24 Ryan Dreger)
   10:16 HST 18 Mitch Czibere PP
   18:46 HST 21 Steven Shamanski SH EN

   08:07 HST 74 Zeanan Ziemer (Elbowing)
   08:07 HST 20 Shane Luke (Slashing)
   08:07 WST 7 Ben Findlay (Slashing)
   08:32 WST 27 Leo Lacourciere (Hooking)
   10:35 WST 16 Richard Cameron (10-Minute Misconduct)
   17:28 HST 3 Dallas Drysdale (Roughing)

La Ronge Ice Wolves
34 Joel Danyluk On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Dauphin Kings
35 Joe Caligiuri On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
La Ronge Ice Wolves 7 12 16 35
Dauphin Kings 15 11 14 40

Player of Game
La Ronge Ice Wolves 7 Ben Findlay
Dauphin Kings 21 Steven Shamanski
Referee Trevor Hansen
Lines People Dustin Deck, Derek Reimer