2019 TELUS Cup

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2019 TELUS Cup
Game #14
Preliminary
Final
April 26, 2019 3:00 pm EDT
Fort William Gardens
Thunder Bay, Ont.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
9
11
11
31
16
10
15
41

Statistics

PP
PIM
2 / 6
4
0 / 2
12

Game Story

BUFFALOES STRIKE EARLY, BEAT MACS TO CLINCH SEMIFINAL SPOT

JASON LA ROSE

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Braden Plaschewsky, Justin Ross and Marco Lopez scored goals in the first 12 minutes, propelling the Calgary Buffaloes to a 5-2 win over the Halifax Macs on Friday and a spot in the semifinals at the 2019 TELUS Cup.

The victory means the Buffaloes will finish third in the preliminary round and sets up a semifinal match-up against the Toronto Young Nationals on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m. ET).

The win also clinches a playoff spot for the Tisdale Trojans, who will meet the Cantonniers de Magog in the second semifinal (6 p.m. ET).

Calgary had all but locked up a playoff spot before the puck dropped but didn’t leave anything to chance, taking the game to the Macs – who needed a victory to advance – in the first period.

Plaschewsky needed only 58 seconds to find the scoreboard, corralling a centring pass from Ryan Shostak and slipping a quick shot underneath Halifax goaltender Liam Oxner.

Ross doubled the lead at 9:44, jumping on a rebound in the slot and going over the glove of Oxner, and Lopez banged in a second chance just 83 seconds after that to put the Atlantic Region champions in a massive early hole.

Dylan James made it a four-goal game 69 seconds in the second period, jamming in a loose puck in the crease after a shot from Sam Witt squeezed through Oxner, giving the Pacific titlists even more of a cushion.

The Macs finally got to Calgary netminder Garin Bjorklund when Liam Keeping snapped in a quick shot on a late-period power play, but Halifax went to the dressing room down by three.

Zach Byard added another man-advantage marker eight minutes into the third, getting a blast from the point through a maze of bodies, but that would prove to be the final goal of the Macs’ season.

Oxner went to the bench with more than four minutes to go and Halifax needing three goals to advance. The Buffaloes took advantage, with Heath Armstrong finding the empty net to finish the scoring.

Both goaltenders were tremendous; Oxner finished with 37 saves, while Bjorklund stopped 29 of 31.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Braden Plaschewsky

Assists: Ryan Shostak
00:58
GOAL
Goal: Justin Ross

Assists: Carter King, Ethan King
09:44
GOAL
Goal: Marco Lopez

Assists: Carter Benoit
11:07
PENALTY
Penalty: Zach Byard
Slashing (2:00)
11:40
PENALTY
Penalty: Jayden Grubbe
Holding (2:00)
14:52
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Dylan James

Assists: Sam Witt, Jayden Grubbe
01:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Jack Zayat
Hit to the Head (2:00)
10:05
PENALTY
Penalty: Sam Witt
Hit to the Head - Double Minor (4:00)
14:18
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Liam Keeping

Assists: Ian Watt, Zach Byard
18:13
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniel Kline
Slashing (2:00)
02:24
PENALTY
Penalty: Trey Patterson
Hooking (2:00)
06:51
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Zach Byard

Assists: Zach Welsh, Mitch Comeau
08:09
PENALTY
Penalty: Ethan King
Cross-Checking (2:00)
16:40
GOAL (EMPTY NET) (SHORT HANDED)
Goal: Heath Armstrong

Assists: Ryan Shostak
17:48

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Liam Oxner HFX 57 40 36 4 0.900
Garin Bjorklund CGY 60 31 29 2 0.935

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
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 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

2 - 5 L @ Calgary BuffaloesCGY
Apr 26, 2019
2 - 3 L vs. Tisdale TrojansTIS
Apr 28, 2019
1 - 1 L @ Thunder Bay KingsTBK
Apr 25, 2019
2 - 4 L @ Toronto Young NationalsTOR
Apr 27, 2019
0 - 2 L @ Tisdale TrojansTIS
Apr 24, 2019
5 - 2 W vs. Halifax MacsHFX
Apr 26, 2019
Videos
Photos
2018 TELUS Cup: LET 4 – TOR 0 (Bronze Medal)
Chabot scored two, Tetachuk got the SO and the Hurricanes won bronze.
2018 TELUS Cup: NDH 5 – MAG 1 (Gold Medal)
The Hounds are TELUS Cup champions for a record-setting fifth time.
2018 TELUS Cup: NDH 3 – TOR 2 (Semifinal)
Mylymok scored the GWG late to send the Hounds to the national final.