2019 National Junior A Championship

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2019 National Junior A Championship
Game #11
Semifinal
Final
May 18, 2019 2:00 pm MDT
Centennial Regional Arena
Brooks, Alta.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
8
7
10
25
11
10
13
34

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
8
0 / 4
6

Game Story

BANDITS HOLD OFF JR. SENATORS, BOOK SPOT IN NJAC FINAL

JASON LA ROSE

BROOKS, Alta. – Simon Boyko opened the scoring in the first period and set up the game-winning goal in the third, and the Brooks Bandits survived a wild third period to edge the Ottawa Jr. Senators 4-3 on Saturday afternoon and punch their ticket to the championship game at the 2019 National Junior A Championship.

The Bandits are the fifth-consecutive host team to reach the final; they will face either the Oakville Blades or Prince George Spruce Kings on Sunday (3 p.m. MT, TSN) in search of their second national title.

Ryan Mahshie scored less than two minutes into the third period to make it a 4-1 game, parking himself in front and finishing a centring pass by Boyko for a power-play goal that seemingly put Brooks in control.

But Geoff Dempster outmuscled a Bandits defender and scored shorthanded at 4:10 of the final frame, and a shot from Bailey Brant redirected off Conor Smart and beat goaltender Pierce Charleson off a mad scramble three-and-a-half minutes after that, making it a one-goal game.

Charleson locked it down from there, including a diving stop off a Kyle Jackson one-timer with less than 10 seconds to go that may have saved the Bandits’ season.

Brooks also got a little help from the Jr. Senators, who were called for a momentum-killing too many men on the ice penalty with under two minutes left.

Boyko got the capacity crowd at the Centennial Regional Arena into the game early, taking a stretch pass from Jakob Lee and beating tournament MVP Francis Boisvert low to the glove side on the breakaway for a 1-0 lead just 2:48 in.

Ray Christy extended the lead late in the first period, finding room upstairs on the short side from in tight, and William Lemay squeezed a shot through Boisvert from the high slot in the first minute of the second to make it a three-goal advantage.

Jackson got one back for Ottawa before the end of the second, burying a cross-crease pass from Darcy Walsh for a power-play marker to cut the deficit to 3-1 after 40 minutes.

It’s the second year in a row the Jr. Senators have suffered a one-goal loss to the host team in the semifinals; they dropped a 3-2 decision to the Chilliwack Chiefs in 2018.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Simon Boyko

Assists: Jakob Lee
02:48
GOAL
Goal: Ray Christy

Assists: Nathan Plessis, Corson Ceulemans
16:50
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: William Lemay

Assists: Randy Hernández, Luke Bast
00:43
PENALTY
Penalty: Corson Ceulemans
High-Sticking - Double Minor (4:00)
04:49
GOAL
Goal: Kyle Jackson

Assists: Darcy Walsh, Élie Boulerice
08:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Élie Boulerice
Hooking (2:00)
10:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Nathan Plessis
Hooking (2:00)
12:48
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Bailey Brant
Holding (2:00)
00:37
GOAL
Goal: Ryan Mahshie

Assists: Simon Boyko, Arnaud Vachon
01:51
PENALTY
Penalty: Élie Boulerice
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
04:02
GOAL (SH)
Goal: Geoffrey Dempster

04:10
GOAL
Goal: Conor Smart

Assists: Bailey Brant, David Toppa
07:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Danny Pion
Too Many Players (2:00)
18:45
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Francis Boisvert

18:45

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Francis Boisvert OTT 59 34 30 4 0.882
Pierce Charleson BRO 60 25 22 3 0.880

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

Previous Games

3 - 4 L @ Brooks BanditsBRO
May 18, 2019
4 - 3 W vs. Prince George Spruce KingsPG
May 19, 2019
4 - 7 L vs. Oakville BladesOAK
May 16, 2019
4 - 3 W vs. Ottawa Jr. SenatorsOTT
May 18, 2019
1 - 2 L @ Brooks BanditsBRO
May 14, 2019
3 - 1 W @ Prince George Spruce KingsPG
May 16, 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.