2019 National Junior A Championship

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2019 National Junior A Championship
Game #6
Preliminary
Final
May 14, 2019 2:00 pm MDT
Centennial Regional Arena
Brooks, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
4
1
0
5

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
6
11
8
25
8
14
5
27

Statistics

PP
PIM
2 / 5
12
2 / 5
12

Game Story

BLADES HOLD ON TO BEAT TERRIERS, CLINCH SEMIFINAL SPOT AT NJAC

JASON LA ROSE

BROOKS, Alta. – Spencer Kersten led the offence with a goal and three assists, and the Oakville Blades held off a third-period comeback to edge the Portage Terriers 5-4 for their first win Tuesday at the 2019 National Junior A Championship.

The win completes the semifinal picture with four games to go in the preliminary round – the Blades, Brooks Bandits, Prince George Spruce Kings and Ottawa Jr. Senators will comprise the final four.

The goals came fast and furious in the first period, with five before the 12-minute mark.

Kyle Lewis needed just 29 seconds to get the scoring started, forcing a turnover in the Portage zone before taking a feed from Josh Nixon and tucking the 1-0 goal through Terriers goaltender Ethan Peterson.

Joey Moffatt replied for the West Region champions at 3:21, letting go a harmless-looking shot that found its way behind Oakville netminder Will Barber, but Alton McDermott gathered in a loose puck in the high slot and wired a quick shot past Peterson just over two minutes later.

Nixon made it 3-1 at 7:40, keeping on a two-on-one and scoring off the glove of Peterson, who was replaced by Nathan Moore after allowing three goals on five shots.

Moore didn’t fare much better; Kersten stepped in off the right point on a Blades power play and went post and in to the far side to send the Dudley Hewitt Cup champions to the dressing room up by three.

Scott Mickoski pulled one back for the Terriers midway through the second period when he snuck behind the Oakville defence and tucked a shot around Barber, only for Harrison Israels to redirect a Kersten feed past Moore on the power play to restore the three-goal advantage after 40 minutes.

Penalty trouble by the Blades made it interesting in the third; Ty Barnstable poked in his own rebound with Portage enjoying two-man advantage at 9:11 of the final frame, and he jammed in his second goal just 17 seconds after that to pull the Terriers within one.

Moore went to the bench with just over a minute to go, but Portage could not find the tying goal despite multiple scrambles in front of Barber.

The Blades close out their preliminary-round schedule Thursday against Ottawa (2 p.m. MT), while the Terriers will wrap up their season Wednesday night against Prince George (7 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Kyle Lewis

Assists: Josh Nixon, Spencer Kersten
00:29
GOAL
Goal: Joey Moffatt

Assists: Chase Brakel, Cody Thompson
03:21
GOAL
Goal: Alton McDermott

Assists: Jack Lyons, Christian Girhiny
05:46
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Nathan Moore

07:40
GOAL
Goal: Josh Nixon

Assists: Spencer Kersten
07:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Ocean Wiesblatt
Interference (2:00)
10:50
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Spencer Kersten

Assists: Garrett Pyke, Peyton Reeves
11:28
PENALTY
Penalty: Morgan Poirier
High-Sticking (2:00)
16:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Scott Mickoski
Roughing (2:00)
20:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Nicholas Aromatario
Roughing (2:00)
20:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Alton McDermott
Roughing (2:00)
20:00
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Scott Mickoski

Assists: Jay Buchholz
09:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Reilly Funk
High-Sticking (2:00)
12:28
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Harrison Israels

Assists: Spencer Kersten, Garrett Pyke
12:55
PENALTY
Penalty: Peyton Reeves
Hooking (2:00)
17:24
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Reilly Funk
Tripping (2:00)
04:50
PENALTY
Penalty: Ocean Wiesblatt
Tripping (2:00)
05:37
PENALTY
Penalty: Callum Jones
Tripping (2:00)
08:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Jack Lyons
Cross-Checking (2:00)
09:03
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Ty Barnstable

Assists: Joey Moffatt, Orca Wiesblatt
09:11
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Ty Barnstable

Assists: Chase Brakel, Orca Wiesblatt
09:28
PENALTY
Penalty: Nicholas Aromatario
Boarding (2:00)
12:11
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Nathan Moore

18:27

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Nathan Moore POR 51 22 20 2 0.909
Ethan Peterson POR 7 5 2 3 0.400
Will Barber OAK 60 25 21 4 0.840

Game Leaders

Goals 2 - Assists 0 - Points 2
G 2 - A 0 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 3 - Points 4
G 1 - A 3 - P 4
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

1 - 5 L @ Prince George Spruce KingsPG
May 15, 2019
1 - 2 L @ Prince George Spruce KingsPG
May 18, 2019
4 - 5 L @ Oakville BladesOAK
May 14, 2019
7 - 4 W @ Ottawa Jr. SenatorsOTT
May 16, 2019
3 - 5 L vs. Brooks BanditsBRO
May 12, 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.