2008 National Midget Championship

Calgary Buffaloes  2 -  Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves  5



For the first time since 1997, the Central Region champions will play for gold at the National Midget Championship.

Mathieu Lecours, Devin Lockeyer and Denis Restoule scored on the powerplay and Deven Stillar and P.J. Taus scored shorthanded as the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves registered all of their goals on special teams in a 5-2 win over the Calgary Buffaloes on Saturday night in their 2008 TELUS Cup semi-final.

The Wolves – who played in the gold medal game in 1998 when they hosted the tournament – will play for the national championship against the Winnipeg Thrashers on Sunday afternoon (4:00 p.m. ET).

On the shot clock, it was the Buffaloes who had the big advantage, outshooting Sudbury 21-11 through the opening 40 minutes and 28-21 overall, and the Pacific Region champions opened the scoring when Adam Thompson blasted a shot from the point past Sudbury netminder Christopher McDougall on a Calgary powerplay just past the midway point of the first period.

It didn’t take the Wolves long to pull even once the puck dropped to kick off the second period, however, as Lecours – named Top Forward of the tournament at Friday’s awards banquet – took a cross-crease pass from Stillar and deposited the puck into the open goal.

Opening the third period in a 1-1 tie, Lockeyer picked up a rebound in front of Calgary goaltender Kris Moore – the Top Goaltender of the 2008 TELUS Cup – and gave Sudbury their first lead of the game at 2-1, and Restoule made it a two-goal lead just five minutes later.

The Buffaloes caught a break with less than five minutes to go, as the Wolves were whistled for two minor penalties at the same time, handing Calgary a five-on-three powerplay.

Riley Reinbolt cut the lead back down to one just 22 seconds into the two-man advantage, slipping the puck past McDougall after a scramble in the Sudbury crease.

But with Calgary pressuring for the tying goal on the same powerplay, Stillar intercepted a pass at the Buffaloes’ blueline and snapped a puck upstairs on Moore, putting the game out of reach before Taus scored into an empty net in the dying seconds.

Hayden Rintoul was named player of the game for the Buffaloes, while Stillar was a deserving recipient of the award for Sudbury.

Calgary will meet Séminaire Saint-François in the bronze medal game on Sunday morning (11:00 a.m. ET) ahead of the championship game, which can be seen on TSN beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET.


Game Information
Game Number 17  Round Semi-Final
Arena Nick Smith Centre City, Country Arnprior, Ont., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/26/2008 Time (local) 07:30 PM ET
Attendance 635 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Calgary Buffaloes (PAC) 1 0 1 2
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves (CEN) 0 1 4 5
First Period
   12:31 PAC 2 Adam Thompson (4 Mike Leibel) PP

   01:39 CEN 22 Kyllian Kirkwood (Slashing)
   06:12 CEN 14 Denis Restoule (10-Minute Misconduct)
   06:12 CEN 14 Denis Restoule (Checking to the Head)
   10:59 PAC 17 Cole Grbavac (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
   10:59 CEN 21 Lenny Talirico (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
   10:59 CEN 24 Deven Stillar (Tripping)
   12:41 PAC 4 Mike Leibel (Interference)

Second Period
   01:53 CEN 26 Mathieu Lecours (24 Deven Stillar, 21 Lenny Talirico) PP2

   01:22 PAC 18 Brody Sutter (Slashing)
   01:36 PAC 7 Tyler Horton (Hooking)
   06:34 PAC 6 Conrad Smith (Roughing)
   06:39 CEN 14 Denis Restoule (Slashing)
   08:53 CEN 15 Craig Laliberte (Slashing)
   12:40 PAC 14 Jake Hayes (Slashing)
   19:47 PAC 12 Chris Collins (Hooking)

Third Period
   05:10 CEN 10 Devin Lockeyer (19 P.J. Taus, 11 Steve Taylor) PP
   10:52 CEN 14 Denis Restoule (12 Stefan Herrington, 24 Deven Stillar) PP2
   15:38 PAC 19 Riley Reinbolt (17 Cole Grbavac, 12 Chris Collins) PP2
   16:41 CEN 24 Deven Stillar SH
   19:49 CEN 19 P.J. Taus SH EN

   03:15 PAC 3 Ben Wilson (Game Misconduct)
   03:15 PAC 3 Ben Wilson (Checking from Behind)
   09:22 PAC 18 Brody Sutter (Tripping)
   10:25 PAC 2 Adam Thompson (Tripping)
   15:16 CEN 12 Stefan Herrington (Tripping)
   15:16 CEN 22 Kyllian Kirkwood (Roughing)
   18:04 CEN 17 Ryan Johnston (Hooking)

Calgary Buffaloes
31 Kris Moore On 1/00:00   Off 3/18:48
31 Kris Moore On 3/19:50   Off 3/20:00
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves
20 Christopher McDougall On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Calgary Buffaloes 10 11 7 28
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 7 4 10 21

Player of Game
Calgary Buffaloes 22 Hayden Rintoul
Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 24 Deven Stillar
Referee Mathieu Desjardins
Lines People Jon Andress, Dan King