PATRIOTS SCORE FIVE UNANSWERED, BEAT TERRIERS FOR FIRST RBC CUP WIN
JASON LA ROSE
VERNON, B.C. – Andreas Tsogkas scored once and added two assists, and Michael Prapavessis had a goal and a helper, leading the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots to a 5-1 win over the Yorkton Terriers in Sunday afternoon action at the 2014 RBC Cup.
The victory is the first ever for the Patriots at Canada’s National Junior A Championship.
Rory Bell, Ryall Ledyard and Nathan Feric also scored for Toronto Lakeshore (1-1), which had the game’s final five goals and finished with a 32-23 advantage in shots on goal.
Tayler Thompson had the lone goal for Yorkton (0-1), which dropped to 3-2 all-time in opening games at the national championship.
Brady Norrish was the only other Terriers skater to record a point, picking up an assist.
The fifth and final team to debut at Kal Tire Place, the Terriers got off to a fantastic start when Norrish dug out a loose puck at the side of the Patriots net and fed Thompson, who jammed in the game’s first goal just 1:18 after the puck dropped.
But that lead would last all of 22 seconds; Prapavessis walked in off the blue-line and wired a shot from between the hash marks that a screened Kale Thomson never saw, tying the game.
Toronto Lakeshore struck again at the 5:56 mark, with Bell tapping in a pretty cross-crease feed from Nicholas Ursitti, giving the Patriots a lead they would not relinquish.
Despite the quick start from both teams, shots were just 5-4 in favour of Yorkton through one period.
The Patriots carried the play in the middle frame and were rewarded with a pair of goals.
Tsogkas made it a 3-1 game at 5:48, jumping on the rebound of a Shier shot and beating Thomson for a power play goal, and Ledyard tipped in a Prapavessis point shot at 7:45 for a 4-1 lead.
Toronto Lakeshore outshot the Terriers 13-10 in an anticlimactic third period, and Feric capped the scoring on the power play with 7:26 remaining, just getting the puck past Thomson for his first of the tournament.
The Patriots will enjoy their first off day Monday before taking on the Carleton Place Canadians on Tuesday afternoon (2 p.m. PT), while the Terriers will be in action in Monday’s lone game, meeting the host Vernon Vipers (7 p.m. PT).