2008 National Midget Championship

Calgary Buffaloes  2 -  Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves  2



Denis Restoule scored the game-tying goal with just under nine minutes remaining as the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves remained unbeaten at the 2008 TELUS Cup after a 2-2 draw with the Calgary Buffaloes on Tuesday.

The tie leaves the Wolves and the Winnipeg Thrashers – who are 2-0 – as the only unbeaten teams remaining at this year’s National Midget Championship. Those two teams will meet Friday in the round-robin finale for both.

After scoring three times in their tournament-opening win over Ottawa Valley on Monday night, it was the Wolves’ powerplay that got them on the board against the Buffaloes, as Deven Stillar redirected a Ryan Johnston point shot past Calgary goaltender Kris Moore.

The Buffaloes took just 1:42 to reply on a powerplay of their own, as player of the game Brody Sutter stepped out from the corner and snuck a backhand past Sudbury netminder Landon Noel, sending the game to the intermission tied 1-1.

The Pacific Region representatives controlled the play in the middle frame, and took their first lead of the tournament when Adam Thompson snuck a point shot through the legs of Noel on another Calgary powerplay, the only goal of the second period.

Outshot 17-13 through 40 minutes, the Wolves came out firing in the third period, and were rewarded when Restoule finished off a two-on-one with Sudbury player of the game Stefan Harrington to even the game.

The Wolves pressured the Buffaloes in the dying minutes, including a powerplay with less than five minutes to go, but could not beat Moore to clinch the victory.

Sudbury will look to keep their unbeaten record intact when they face the Quebec champions from Séminaire Saint-François on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. ET, while the Buffaloes will look for win number one when they face the tournament hosts, the Ottawa Valley Titans, at 7:30 p.m. ET.


Game Information
Game Number Round Round Robin
Arena Nick Smith Centre City, Country Arnprior, Ont., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/22/2008 Time (local) 04:00 PM ET
Attendance 327 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Calgary Buffaloes (PAC) 1 1 0 2
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves (CEN) 1 0 1 2
First Period
   17:07 CEN 24 Deven Stillar (17 Ryan Johnston, 26 Mathieu Lecours) PP
   18:49 PAC 18 Brody Sutter (9 Brett Switzer) PP

   01:02 PAC 11 Joel Lowry (Roughing)
   04:29 CEN 8 Alex Cooper (Interference)
   07:11 PAC 3 Ben Wilson (Roughing)
   11:21 PAC 18 Brody Sutter (Cross Checking)
   11:24 CEN 12 Stefan Herrington (Tripping)
   16:27 PAC 4 Mike Leibel (High Sticking)
   18:00 CEN 14 Denis Restoule (Tripping)

Second Period
   05:26 PAC 2 Adam Thompson (18 Brody Sutter, 20 Jordan Kanygin) PP

   03:35 CEN 19 P.J. Taus (Tripping)
   05:19 CEN 24 Deven Stillar (Tripping)
   07:05 CEN 12 Stefan Herrington (Slashing)
   08:12 PAC 12 Chris Collins (Tripping)
   16:25 CEN 17 Ryan Johnston (Hooking)

Third Period
   11:13 CEN 14 Denis Restoule (12 Stefan Herrington)

   15:17 PAC 16 Jona Szakacs (Interference)
   19:58 PAC 6 Conrad Smith (Interference)

Calgary Buffaloes
31 Kris Moore On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves
40 Landon Noel On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Calgary Buffaloes 7 10 4 21
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 4 9 9 22

Player of Game
Calgary Buffaloes 18 Brody Sutter
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 12 Stefan Herrington
Referee Matt Wilson
Lines People Mathieu Charlebois, Joshua Blank