2017 RBC Cup

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2017 RBC Cup
Game #11
Semifinal
Final
May 20, 2017 2:30 pm EDT
Cobourg Community Centre
Cobourg, Ont.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
0
1
0
1
2
3

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
11
8
9
28
7
12
9
28

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 4
6
1 / 3
8

Game Story

COUGARS TOP VEES, ADVANCE TO RBC CUP FINAL

JASON LA ROSE

COBOURG, Ont. – Theo Lewis scored the winner with 8:05 left and set up Spencer Roberts for the empty-net insurance goal, sending the host Cobourg Cougars to the championship game at the 2017 RBC Cup with a 3-1 semifinal win over the Penticton Vees on Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars are the third consecutive host team – and fourth in five years – to reach the final; they will meet the winner of the Brooks Bandits-Cobras de Terrebonne semifinal on Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET, TSN 1/3/5).

Lewis, who has played 223 regular-season games with Cobourg over the last five seasons, found a loose puck in the slot and wired a wrist shot just under the cross-bar past Penticton goaltender Mat Robson.

Daniel McKitrick had the other goal for the Cougars, getting the comeback started late in the second period.

Nicholas Jones was the lone goal-scorer for Penticton, which came up a couple of wins short after a marathon postseason; the Vees played 32 of a possible 32 playoff games, facing elimination seven times and winning the first six.

Penticton decidedly carried the play in the first period, outshooting Cobourg 11-7 on the strength of a pair of power-play chances, but Cougars netminder Stefano Durante got the game to the intermission scoreless.

The Vees broke through with the man advantage just past the midway mark of the second period; Chris Klack got the puck on the halfboards and threw a shot towards the net that Jones redirected off the far post and past Durante for the 1-0 goal.

Cobourg answered on a power play of its own in the last five minutes; Nick Minerva found McKitrick at the backdoor, and he kicked the puck from his skate to his stick before beating a sprawling Robson to tie the game at 15:05.

The teams traded chances in the third period, but it was Lewis who broke the deadlock, exciting the hometown crowd at the Cobourg Community Centre.

Penticton put Robson on the bench for an extra attacker with 90 seconds to go, and Gabe Bast came inches from getting the Vees even, hitting the post behind Durante.

Lewis flipped the puck into the neutral zone off the ensuing scramble in the Cobourg crease, and Roberts outraced a Penticton defender before tapping his tournament-leading fifth goal into the empty net.

Shots finished even 28-28.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Sam Dunn
Holding (2:00)
01:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Quinn Syrydiuk
Hooking (2:00)
13:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Ty Amonte
Hooking (2:00)
15:44
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Sam Dunn
Tripping (2:00)
10:14
GOAL
Goal: Nicholas Jones (power play)

Assists: Chris Klack, Taylor Ward
11:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Mitch Meek
High-Sticking (2:00)
13:14
GOAL
Goal: Daniel McKitrick (power play)

Assists: Nick Minerva
15:05
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Taylor Sanheim
Slashing (2:00)
06:44
GOAL
Goal: Theo Lewis

Assists: Nick Minerva, Spencer Roberts
11:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Brenden Locke
Slashing (2:00)
14:48
GOAL (EN)
Goal: Spencer Roberts

Assists: Theo Lewis
18:54

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Mathew Robson WST 2 58 27 25 2 0.926
Stefano Durante HST 60 28 27 1 0.964

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

1 - 3 L @ Cobourg CougarsHST
May 20, 2017
3 - 2 W vs. Brooks BanditsWST 1
May 21, 2017
1 - 3 L @ Cobras de TerrebonneEST
May 18, 2017
3 - 1 W vs. Penticton VeesWST 2
May 20, 2017
4 - 0 W @ Trenton Golden HawksCEN
May 17, 2017
5 - 2 W @ Brooks BanditsWST 1
May 18, 2017
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