2008 National Midget Championship

Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves  3 -  Séminaire St-François Blizzard  2


Stefan Herrington and Craig Laliberte scored 49 seconds apart midway through the second period as the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves held off a late charge to register a 3-2 win over the Séminaire Saint-François Blizzard on Wednesday.

Laliberte, the Wolves’ leading scorer during the regular season, scored his first two goals of the 2008 TELUS Cup to pace Sudbury, who remained unbeaten with two wins and a tie in their three games. He also picked up the Wolves’ player of the game award.

Guillaume Asselin scored twice and earned player of the game honours for the Blizzard, who dropped their second in a row after on opening-day win against Cole Harbour on Monday.

It was Saint-François who struck first, as Asselin took a pass in the slot from Frédérick Roy and snapped a shot past Sudbury goaltender Christopher McDougall at the 14:26 mark.

But it took just 19 seconds for the Wolves to reply, as captain Mathieu Lecours, the tournament’s leading scorer with seven points in three games, carried the puck over the Blizzard blueline and put a pass right onto the tape of Laliberte, who tipped the puck over the shoulder of Saint-François netminder Jean-Michel Fortier to draw Sudbury even.

The Wolves, who entered the game with the tournament’s third-best powerplay – clicking at 24 per cent – took advantage of a pair of Saint-François penalties to take a quick two-goal lead in the second period, as Herrington scored at 8:07, followed by Laliberte with his second at 8:56.

Despite outshooting Sudbury 20-18 in the opening two periods the Blizzard found themselves down by a pair of goals entering the third period, but got a quick spark when Asselin beat McDougall for the second time just 58 seconds after the period’s opening face-off.

The Blizzard swarmed the Sudbury goal in the final 20 minutes, outshooting the Central Region champions 10-5, but could not get the equalizer past McDougall, who withstood a furious rally in the dying minutes to clinch the victory for the Wolves.

Sudbury looks to wrap up a semi-final berth on Thursday, when they face the Atlantic Region champions from Cole Harbour at 12:00 p.m. ET, while the Blizzard look to get back to their winning ways when they take on the Calgary Buffaloes at 4:00 p.m. ET.


Game Information
Game Number Round Round Robin
Arena Nick Smith Centre City, Country Arnprior, Ont., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/23/2008 Time (local) 12:00 PM ET
Attendance 225 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves (CEN) 1 2 0 3
Séminaire St-François Blizzard (QUE) 1 0 1 2
First Period
   14:26 QUE 38 Guillaume Asselin (37 Frédérick Roy, 22 Guillaume Bélanger)
   14:45 CEN 15 Craig Laliberte (26 Mathieu Lecours, 19 P.J. Taus)

   06:54 CEN 15 Craig Laliberte (Tripping)
   15:18 QUE 47 Jean-Phillipe Mathieu (Interference)

Second Period
   08:07 CEN 12 Stefan Herrington (24 Deven Stillar, 26 Mathieu Lecours) PP
   08:56 CEN 15 Craig Laliberte (10 Devin Lockeyer, 9 Justin Lockeyer) PP

   01:24 QUE 37 Frédérick Roy (Hooking)
   04:30 CEN 11 Steve Taylor (Hooking)
   07:15 QUE 42 Dominic Beausoleil (Interference)
   08:07 QUE 56 Jérome Gauthier-Leduc (Hooking)
   11:25 CEN 16 Joshua Blacksmith (Tripping)
   18:34 CEN 14 Denis Restoule (Tripping)

Third Period
   00:58 QUE 38 Guillaume Asselin (37 Frédérick Roy)

   01:32 QUE 39 Alexandre Cloutier (Game Misconduct)
   01:32 QUE 39 Alexandre Cloutier (Major)
   05:58 QUE 43 François Fortin (Interference)
   05:58 CEN 24 Deven Stillar (Interference)
   06:16 CEN 14 Denis Restoule (Roughing)
   07:40 CEN 21 Lenny Talirico (Holding)
   09:36 QUE 38 Guillaume Asselin (Tripping)

Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves
20 Christopher McDougall On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Séminaire St-François Blizzard
30 Jean-Michel Fortier On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 10 8 5 23
Séminaire St-François Blizzard 12 8 10 30

Player of Game
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 15 Craig Laliberte
Séminaire St-François Blizzard 38 Guillaume Asselin
Referee Tom Sweeney
Lines People Matt Carr, Matt Gervais