2017 TELUS Cup

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2017 TELUS Cup
Game #17
Semifinal
Final
April 29, 2017 3:30 pm PDT
CN Centre
Prince George, B.C.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
1
2
0
1
0
1

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
10
5
9
24
8
7
8
23

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
1 / 5
6
0 / 3
10

Game Story

ISLANDERS HOLD ON TO EDGE REBELS, ADVANCE TO TELUS CUP FINAL

JASON LA ROSE

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Jacob Stewart got the winner five minutes into the third period, and the Cape Breton West Islanders held off a furious push from the Mississauga Rebels to earn a 2-1 win Saturday night and book a spot in the gold medal game at the 2017 TELUS Cup.

The Islanders are the third Atlantic team to ever reach the final, and the second in as many years; the 2002 Dartmouth Subways – a team that included a 14-year-old Sidney Crosby – and the 2016 Saint John Vito’s both settled for silver.

They will face the Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François for Canada’s National Midget Championship on Sunday afternoon (6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on TSN 1/3/4/5).

Cape Breton West dropped its last three preliminary-round games and needed help from Mississauga on Friday to reach the semifinals, before knocking off the Rebels.

The teams traded chances in a scoreless first period, and it took until the 13:44 mark for either team to find the back of the net.

A turnover in the Mississauga zone started a counterattack the other way, and the Rebels worked the puck around on the three-on-two before Nathan Smilsky went five-hole on Cape Breton West goaltender Colten Ellis to finally open the scoring.

The Islanders didn’t waste any time pulling even; 98 seconds later, a point shot from Ryan McLellan sat in the crease for Malcolm MacEachern, who poked the puck past Rebels netminder Christian Purboo to tie the game.

The Maritimers took the lead for good 5:23 into the third period on the power play. Jacob Stewart broke down the left wing and threw a shot on net that found the five-hole on Purboo to make it 2-1.

The last 14 minutes were a blur of Mississauga shot attempts and Cape Breton West blocks; Islanders threw their bodies at the puck every chance they got, holding the Rebels to just eight shots in the final frame.

Mississauga, which became the third-straight No. 1 seed to lose in the semifinals, will meet the Regina Pat Canadians in the bronze medal game on Sunday morning (11 a.m. PT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Elijah Gonsalves
Slashing (2:00)
04:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Bair Gendunov
Slashing (2:00)
15:46
PENALTY
Penalty: Jacob Hudson
Hooking (2:00)
17:53
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Stephen Fox
Tripping (2:00)
03:22
GOAL
Goal: Nathan Smilsky

Assists: Liam Mroueh, Evan Benwell
13:44
GOAL
Goal: Malcolm MacEachern

Assists: Ryan MacLellan, Jacob Hudson
15:22
PENALTY
Penalty: Jacob Hudson
Hooking (2:00)
18:31
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Quentin Degano
Roughing (2:00)
04:56
GOAL
Goal: Jacob Stewart (power play)

Assists: Logan Timmons
05:23
PENALTY
Penalty: Calder Lund
Holding (2:00)
06:45
PENALTY
Penalty: Michael Hill
Cross-Checking (2:00)
13:40

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Colten Ellis ATL 60 23 22 1 0.957
Christian Purboo CEN 58 24 22 2 0.917

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 1 - Points 1
G 0 - A 1 - P 1

Previous Games

5 - 4 W @ QuébecQUE
Apr 30, 2017
4 - 1 W vs. WestWST
Apr 30, 2017
2 - 1 W @ CentralCEN
Apr 29, 2017
1 - 2 L vs. AtlanticATL
Apr 29, 2017
2 - 5 L @ Regina Pat CanadiansWST
Apr 28, 2017
2 - 2 L @ Cariboo CougarsHST
Apr 28, 2017
Videos
Photos
2017 TELUS Cup: MIS 4 – REG 1 (Bronze Medal)
Eisfeld made 40 saves to backstop the Rebels to the bronze medal.
2017 TELUS Cup: CBW 5 – SSF 4 OT (Gold Medal)
Chisholm was the OT hero, giving the Islanders a historic TELUS Cup.
2017 TELUS Cup: SSF 4 – REG 3 OT (Semifinal)
Pelletier was the hero, sending the Blizzard to the gold medal game.
2017 TELUS Cup: CBW 2 – MIS 1 (Semifinal)
Stewart scored the GWG and the Islanders booked a trip to the final.
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