2008 National Midget Championship

Ottawa Valley Titans  1 -  Séminaire St-François Blizzard  9



Faced with a must-win game, the Séminaire Saint-François Blizzard came up with undoubtedly their best effort of the 2008 TELUS Cup on Friday night.

Phillipe Halley, Guillaume Asselin and Patrick Delisle-Houde scored in the opening 9:24 and the Blizzard didn’t stop there, routing the Ottawa Valley Titans 9-1 to clinch a semi-final spot.

The bronze medalists from the 2007 TELUS Cup in Red Deer, AB, the Blizzard will face the undefeated Winnipeg Thrashers in Saturday’s first semi-final (2:00 p.m. ET), one win away from playing for their record-tying fourth gold medal – they won three as the Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy.

Needing a big effort to earn a semi-final berth – they had to beat the Blizzard by two goals – the Titans instead found themselves in an early hole, as starting goaltender Justin Gilbert was chased after allowing three goals before the period was half over.

Séminaire Saint-François captain Frédérick Roy added a goal in the second period and Halley, Delisle-Houde, Dominic Beausoleil, Tommy Giroux and Laurent Dumont added third-period goals for the Quebec champions, who will look to keep alive that province’s streak of medals at the National Midget Championship – a Quebec team has won at least bronze every year since 1998.

Thirteen players recorded at least a point for the Blizzard, who have won a medal in 12 of their 13 previous trips to the national championship, but will have to get past a Thrashers team that is 57-1 in 2007-08 if they hope to add gold or silver to that collection.

Brent Bisdee ended the shutout bid of Blizzard goaltender Jean-Phillipe Gagnon with just 27 seconds remaining, scoring the lone goal for the Titans, who surpassed expectations by winning their league championship after a third-place finish in the regular season.

Ottawa Valley became the second host team in three years – joining Charlottetown in 2006 – to fail to win a game at the TELUS Cup.


Game Information
Game Number 15  Round Round Robin
Arena Nick Smith Centre City, Country Arnprior, Ont., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/25/2008 Time (local) 04:30 PM ET
Attendance 496 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Ottawa Valley Titans (HST) 0 0 1 1
Séminaire St-François Blizzard (QUE) 3 1 5 9
First Period
   03:06 QUE 54 Philippe Halley (39 Alexandre Cloutier, 51 Laurent Dumont)
   08:08 QUE 38 Guillaume Asselin (37 Frédérick Roy, 57 Justin Ducharme) PP
   09:24 QUE 50 Patrick Delisle-Houde (38 Guillaume Asselin, 48 Tommy Déry)

   07:54 HST 17 Nathan Siydock (Tripping)
   11:18 HST 8 Devin Cobbold (Interference)
   12:44 QUE 44 Dave Leclerc (Slashing)
   16:12 HST 12 Ryan Bradley (Roughing)
   19:15 HST 6 Liam Burtt (Closing Hand on Puck)

Second Period
   09:05 QUE 37 Frédérick Roy (57 Justin Ducharme)

   07:09 QUE 49 William Cloutier (High Sticking)
   08:47 HST 17 Nathan Siydock (High Sticking)
   11:00 QUE 48 Tommy Déry (Hooking)

Third Period
   01:25 QUE 50 Patrick Delisle-Houde (51 Laurent Dumont, 47 Jean-Phillipe Mathieu) PP
   01:35 QUE 42 Dominic Beausoleil (54 Philippe Halley)
   06:26 QUE 54 Philippe Halley (40 Christopher Tremblay, 41 Frédéric McNicoll)
   13:40 QUE 26 Tommy Giroux (51 Laurent Dumont)
   17:35 QUE 51 Laurent Dumont (49 William Cloutier, 44 Dave Leclerc)
   19:33 HST 9 Brent Bisdee (7 Rob Ramsay, 3 Brad Argo)

   00:54 HST 14 Ryan Donnelly (Tripping)
   02:18 HST 7 Rob Ramsay (Slashing)
   03:38 QUE 37 Frédérick Roy (Roughing After Whistle)
   03:38 HST 13 Alexander Barr (Roughing After Whistle)

Ottawa Valley Titans
30 Justin Gilbert On 1/00:00   Off 1/09:24
1 Alex Huard On 1/09:25   Off 3/20:00
Séminaire St-François Blizzard
29 Jean-Phillipe Gagnon On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Ottawa Valley Titans 8 5 7 20
Séminaire St-François Blizzard 15 11 16 42

Player of Game
Ottawa Valley Titans 8 Devin Cobbold
Séminaire St-François Blizzard 37 Frédérick Roy
Referee Mathieu Desjardins
Lines People Simon Roy, Dan King