2019 National Junior A Championship

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2019 National Junior A Championship
Game #3
Preliminary
Final
May 12, 2019 2:00 pm MDT
Centennial Regional Arena
Brooks, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
14
20
7
41
10
3
8
21

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
2 / 6
16
1 / 5
18

Game Story

SPRUCE KINGS PULL AWAY TO BEAT BLADES AT NJAC

JASON LA ROSE

BROOKS, Alta. – Chong Min Lee, Patrick Cozzi and Ben Poisson scored goals in the decisive second period, and the Prince George Spruce Kings scored five times unanswered to earn a 5-1 win over the Oakville Blades on Sunday afternoon at the 2019 National Junior A Championship.

The Spruce Kings dominated the middle frame, outshooting Oakville 20-3 and turning a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead before the end of 40 minutes.

Jay Keranen and Nicholas Poisson had the other goals for Prince George, which evened its record at the Centennial Regional Arena to 2-2 this season – it opened the Doyle Cup with three games in Brooks against the hometown Bandits.

A penalty-filled first period (the teams combined for 11 minors) produced only a single goal. The Blades worked the puck around on a late-period power play before captain Peyton Reeves wired a wrist shot upstairs on the short side past Spruce Kings goaltender Logan Neaton.

But it was all Prince George from there. Lee pulled the Pacific Region champions even just 2:06 into the middle frame, swatting in a rebound on his backhand, and Cozzi got a piece of a Dylan Anhorn shot just over three minutes later to put the Spruce Kings ahead for good.

Ben Poisson made it 3-1 midway through the second, snapping a quick one-timer past Oakville netminder Will Barber on the power play.

Keranan added a fourth goal in the first minute of the third period with a wrist shot through traffic, before Nicholas Poisson beat Barber with an off-speed one-timer for another man-advantage goal and a 5-1 lead.

That was all for Barber, who allowed five goals on 39 shots. Chris Elliot made two saves the rest of the way.

The Blades, who have allowed 12 goals in two games, will try to regroup on an off-day Monday, while the Spruce Kings, who improved to 21-3 in the playoffs, will look to keep their roll going against the Ottawa Jr. Senators (7 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Ben Brar
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
06:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Callum Jones
Holding (2:00)
06:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Tyler Amaral
Hooking (2:00)
09:50
PENALTY
Penalty: Spencer Kersten
Hooking (2:00)
10:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Chong Min Lee
Hooking (2:00)
13:44
GOAL
Goal: Peyton Reeves (power play)

Assists: Spencer Kersten, Garrett Pyke
13:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Layton Ahac
Roughing (2:00)
15:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Christian Girhiny
Roughing (2:00)
15:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Jay Keranen
Roughing (2:00)
15:54
PENALTY
Penalty: Ryan O'Hara
Slashing (2:00)
15:54
PENALTY
Penalty: Jack Ricketts
Interference (2:00)
16:27
PENALTY
Penalty: Layton Ahac
Holding (2:00)
19:08
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Chong Min Lee

Assists: Max Coyle, Ben Poisson
02:06
GOAL
Goal: Patrick Cozzi

Assists: Dylan Anhorn
05:20
PENALTY
Penalty: Spencer Kersten
High-Sticking (2:00)
09:04
GOAL
Goal: Ben Poisson (power play)

Assists: Patrick Cozzi, Layton Ahac
10:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Callum Jones
Hooking (2:00)
16:53
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Jay Keranen

Assists: Ben Brar, Dustin Manz
00:41
PENALTY
Penalty: Finlay Williams
Slashing (2:00)
03:12
PENALTY
Penalty: Jack Lyons
Interference (2:00)
08:21
GOAL
Goal: Nick Poisson (power play)

Assists: Nick Bochen, Ben Brar
09:54
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Chris Elliot

09:54
PENALTY
Penalty: Nick Bochen
Holding (2:00)
13:10
PENALTY
Penalty: Corey Cunningham
High-Sticking (2:00)
19:24

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Logan Neaton PG 60 21 20 1 0.952
Will Barber OAK 49 39 34 5 0.872
Chris Elliot OAK 10 2 2 0 1.000

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
GA 5 - SVS - 34 - SV% - 0.872
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

3 - 4 L @ Brooks BanditsBRO
May 19, 2019
1 - 2 L @ Prince George Spruce KingsPG
May 18, 2019
2 - 1 W vs. Oakville BladesOAK
May 18, 2019
7 - 4 W @ Ottawa Jr. SenatorsOTT
May 16, 2019
1 - 3 L vs. Brooks BanditsBRO
May 16, 2019
5 - 4 W vs. Portage TerriersPOR
May 14, 2019
Videos
Photos
2019 NJAC: BRO 4 – PG 3 (Championship)
Boyko scored twice to lead the Bandits to their second national title.
2019 NJAC: BRO 4 – OTT 3 (Semifinal)
Boyko scored and set up the GWG to send the Bandits to the final.
2019 NJAC: PG 2 – OAK 1 (Semifinal)
Neaton turned aside 32 shots to lead the Spruce Kings into the final.
2019 NJAC: OAK 7 – OTT 4 (Preliminary)
Reeves scored a hat trick to help the Blades secure third place.