2008 National Midget Championship

Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves  6 -  Winnipeg Thrashers  4



For the first time in the 30-year history of the event, the Central Region has won the National Midget Championship.

Mathieu Lecours, Justin Lockeyer and Denis Restoule scored in the first five minutes of the third period as the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves claimed the 2008 TELUS Cup with a 6-4 victory over the Winnipeg Thrashers on Sunday at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior.

With the win, the Wolves ended the West Region’s dominance at the National Midget Championship – teams from Manitoba and Saskatchewan had won the last four gold medals, and had not lost in 32 games prior to Sunday’s gold medal game.

Sudbury jumped out to a quick lead on the Thrashers, as Steven Taylor and Deven Stillar scored 1:37 apart before the game was seven minutes old. But Winnipeg refused to lay down, getting goals of their own from David Conrad and Dan Hrabowych before the end of the opening frame to draw even.

The second period was all Thrashers, at least on the shot clock, as they outshot the Wolves 18-4, and had a 30-7 advantage through 40 minutes. But only Kyle Lee could beat Sudbury netminder Christopher McDougall, sending Winnipeg to the dressing room with a 3-2 lead.

The Sudbury powerplay took over in the third period, as Lecours – named the tournament’s Top Forward on Friday night – Lockeyer and Restoule all scored with the man advantage to turn a one-goal deficit into a two-lead for the Wolves before the period was five minutes old.

Corbin Baldwin scored midway through the final frame for the Thrashers, but it was not enough to avoid just their second loss in 60 games this season.

Stefan Herrington rounded out the scoring with an empty net goal in the dying seconds to ice the win.

Sudbury won their second medal in 11 years at the National Midget Championship, their gold joining the silver they won in 1998 when they hosted the tournament.

Stillar took home player of the game honours for the Wolves while Winnipeg captain Mat Bodie, the 2008 TELUS Cup MVP and Top Defensive Player, received the award for the Thrashers.


Game Information
Game Number 19  Round Gold Medal
Arena Nick Smith Centre City, Country Arnprior, Ont., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/27/2008 Time (local) 04:00 PM ET
Attendance 2013 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves (CEN) 2 0 4 6
Winnipeg Thrashers (HST) 2 1 1 4
First Period
   05:17 CEN 11 Steve Taylor
   06:54 CEN 24 Deven Stillar (4 Dimitri Lacasse)
   10:14 HST 20 David Conrad (10 Cole Pruden, 8 Kyle Mulder) PP
   16:02 HST 17 Dan Hrabowych (15 Trent Thompson, 12 Kyle Lee)

   08:43 CEN 21 Lenny Talirico (Roughing After Whistle)
   17:51 CEN 4 Dimitri Lacasse (Hooking)

Second Period
   05:29 HST 12 Kyle Lee (15 Trent Thompson, 2 Mathew Bodie)

   00:21 CEN 11 Steve Taylor (High Sticking)
   01:21 HST 5 Jeff Weselake (Penalty Shot)
   02:53 HST 2 Mathew Bodie (Interference)
   07:19 HST 21 Michael Hay (Interference)
   07:28 CEN 14 Denis Restoule (Tripping)
   08:28 CEN 22 Kyllian Kirkwood (High Sticking)
   11:11 CEN 7 Kenton Valliant (Holding)
   14:49 CEN 17 Ryan Johnston (Tripping)
   16:00 CEN 12 Stefan Herrington (Cross Checking)

Third Period
   02:36 CEN 26 Mathieu Lecours (24 Deven Stillar, 21 Lenny Talirico) PP2
   02:56 CEN 9 Justin Lockeyer (15 Craig Laliberte, 10 Devin Lockeyer) PP
   04:39 CEN 14 Denis Restoule (9 Justin Lockeyer, 24 Deven Stillar) PP
   10:42 HST 19 Corbin Baldwin (22 Jesse Hall, 14 Mark Stone) PP
   19:37 CEN 12 Stefan Herrington (19 P.J. Taus, 17 Ryan Johnston) EN

   00:39 HST 10 Cole Pruden (Hooking)
   01:48 HST 16 Matt Glowa (Holding Opp. Stick)
   03:31 HST 11 Nolan Zajac (Slashing)
   03:43 CEN 26 Mathieu Lecours (Interference)
   04:13 HST 2 Mathew Bodie (Tripping)
   04:56 CEN 22 Kyllian Kirkwood (Cross Checking)
   07:10 HST 5 Jeff Weselake (Tripping)
   10:36 CEN 17 Ryan Johnston (High Sticking)
   15:38 CEN 26 Mathieu Lecours (Interference)

Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves
20 Christopher McDougall On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Winnipeg Thrashers
1 Joey Rewucki On 3/04:40   Off 3/18:30
1 Joey Rewucki On 3/19:38   Off 3/19:46
35 Brett Martyniuk On 1/00:00   Off 3/04:39

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 3 4 6 13
Winnipeg Thrashers 12 18 10 40

Player of Game
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 24 Deven Stillar
Winnipeg Thrashers 2 Mathew Bodie
Referee Tom Sweeney
Lines People Dan King, Simon Roy