DAY 7 – SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012
1. Nick Glackin (F) – Red Deer Rebels
As if there was any doubt. Glackin scored two power play goals in a span of 90 seconds midway through the third period to tie the game and capped off his natural hat trick 8:45 into the second overtime to lead the Rebels to a win over Collège Esther-Blondin and their first-ever National Midget Championship.
2. Brady Bakke (F) – Red Deer Rebels
What can’t the Rebels captain do? Bakke got Red Deer on the board early in the second period, converting a shorthanded breakaway, picked up an assist on Glackin’s tying goal with 7:18 to go and took the shot that Glackin tipped in for the double overtime winner, cementing his reputation as a clutch performer.
3. Frédérik Gauthier (F) – Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin
The 6-foot-4, 211-pound forward, the biggest player at this year’s TELUS Cup, did everything he could to try and bring Quebec its first gold medal since 2001, scoring once and adding two assists to spark the Phénix to a 3-0 lead after one period, but Collège Esther-Blondin settled for silver after Red Deer’s comeback for the ages.
DAY 6 – SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012
1. Dasan Sydora (G) – Red Deer Rebels
Less than 24 hours after winning the tournament’s Top Goaltender award, Sydora showed exactly why he received the honour, making 29 saves to blank the high-powered Contacts in a 2-0 win and help the Rebels reach the TELUS Cup gold medal game for the fourth time ever and first since 2007.
2. David Storto (F) – Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin
With the Phénix clinging to a precarious 2-1 lead late in the second period Storto put the first nail in the Leduc coffin, scoring in the final minute of the middle frame for a two-goal advantage. By the time he added his second it was a 5-1 game and Collège Esther-Blondin was on its way to the gold medal game.
3. Brady Bakke (F) – Red Deer Rebels
While his goaltender stole the headlines on Saturday (see above), Bakke continued to be the heart and soul of the Rebels, scoring the game-winning goal early in the second period, seeing time on the power play and penalty kill and leading his team to a nationally-televised chance to win a national championship.
DAY 5 – FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
1. Daniel Audette (F) – Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin
Despite not scoring a goal, Audette was the straw that stirred the Collège Esther-Blondin drink in its 5-4 win over Leduc in the preliminary round finale. The 15-year-old was in on every Phénix goal, picking up five assists and showing exactly why he took home Top Forward honours from Friday’s awards banquet.
2. Ty Mappin (F) – Red Deer Rebels
While just about everyone got in the act in the Rebels’ 10-3 rout of Sudbury – 13 players had at least a point and Kolton Dixon capped the scoring with his first goal of the year – it was Mappin who led the way, scoring twice and adding three assists to help Red Deer finish the preliminary round with an undefeated record.
3. Laurent Dauphin (F) – Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin
The 2012 TELUS Cup MVP capped off the preliminary round in style, scoring a hat trick to lead the Phénix to victory. With the game tied heading to the third period, Dauphin restored the Phénix lead 2:55 in and scored the eventual game-winner five minutes later, clinching the Top Scorer award in the process.
DAY 4 - THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012
1. Rourke Chartier (F) – Saskatoon Contacts
Chartier was all over the ice for the Contacts in their wild win over Leduc, picking up power play assists on goals that gave Saskatoon its first lead in the second period and kick-started its comeback in the third before scoring shorthanded to tie the game as the Contacts clinched a spot in the semifinals.
2. Daniel Audette (F) – Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin
The son of former NHLer Donald Audette, 15-year-old Daniel put the Phénix on his back in the third period of its 2-2 tie with Red Deer, getting Collège Esther-Blondin on the board just 18 seconds into the final frame and pulling it even just over five minutes later as the Quebec champions remained undefeated.
3. Stephen Johnson (F) – Moncton Flyers
With his team’s slim semifinal hopes hanging in the balance Johnson stepped up for the Flyers, scoring twice in the first eight minutes of the second period to give Moncton a lead it would never relinquish in an eventual win over Sudbury, helping the Atlantic Region champions to their first victory.
DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012
1. David Storto (F) – Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin
A seven-goal scorer in 13 Ligue de hockey midget AAA du Québec playoff games, Storto has reached that number in just three games at the 2012 TELUS Cup, recording his second hat trick in three games as part of the Phénix’s nine-goal outburst in a win over Moncton, keeping the Quebec champions perfect.
2. Carson Stadnyk (F) – Saskatoon Contacts
While the entire Contacts offence could take this spot, it’s Stadnyk who gets the nod thanks to a one goal, three assist performance in Saskatoon’s breakout win over Sudbury. Stadnyk capped off a wild second period with the Contacts’ sixth and final goal of the frame as nine of Saskatoon’s 10 forwards had at least one point
3. Laurent Dauphin (F) – Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin
The LHMAAAQ playoff MVP has continued his torrid scoring pace at the national championship, picking up four more points, including a penalty shot goal, to take over the tournament scoring lead with 10 points (six goals, four assists) and help the Phénix clinch a spot in Saturday’s semifinals.
DAY 2 – TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012
1. Hayden Dawes (F) – Leduc Oil Kings
Dawes was a factor from start to finish against Sudbury, igniting the hometown crowd with the game’s opening goal just six minutes in and quelling a late Wolves rally with the final tally with four minutes left. In between he added two assists to help the Oil Kings to a 6-3 win and a 2-0 start.
2. Nathan Armstrong (G) – Moncton Flyers
A hard-luck loser if there ever was one, Armstrong was simply brilliant against Red Deer, finishing with 41 saves on 43 shots. The Flyers netminder made 11 saves in the first period, 17 in the second and 13 more in the third, giving Moncton a chance to knock off the Pacific powerhouse.
3. Kord Pankewicz (F) – Leduc Oil Kings
The tournament’s leading scorer through two days with seven points (one goal, six assists), Pankewicz teamed with Dawes to help the Oil Kings become the first host team since Red Deer in 2007 to start with back-to-back wins, scoring once and adding three assists in a win over Sudbury.
DAY 1 – MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012
1. Doug Morris (F) – Leduc Oil Kings
One of Leduc’s leading playoff goal scorers, Morris picked up right where he left off 36 days ago, scoring twice against Moncton, including the game-winner with 36 seconds to go to help the Oil Kings become just the eighth host team in the last 20 years to open with a victory.
2. Mack Shields (G) – Saskatoon Contacts
The Contacts goaltender, a big reason his team reached the national championship, was the biggest reason it escaped its opener with a single point, making 38 saves to help Saskatoon salvage a 1-1 tie with Red Deer in a game it was outshot 40-14 and didn’t hit double digits until the 38-minute mark.
3. David Storto (F) – Phénix du Collège Esther-Blondin
A seven-goal scorer in 13 playoff games, Storto got almost halfway there in the opening 14 minutes of Collège Esther-Blondin’s win over Sudbury; he scored twice by the 5:27 mark and completed his hat trick at 13:44, helping the Phénix to victory and grabbing the early tournament goal-scoring lead.