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2019 NJAC Recap: May 11
Ottawa did it with defence, while Brooks scored its way to an opening-day win
Jason La Rose
May 11, 2019

The puck dropped Saturday on the 49th edition of Canada’s National Junior A Championship, with the Ottawa Jr. Senators and Brooks Bandits earning the first points in very different ways.

Francis Boisvert made 20 saves for the shutout, backstopping the Jr. Senators to a win over the Terriers in the opening game Saturday afternoon. Darcy Walsh, Élie Boulerice and Kyle Jackson had a goal and an assist apiece for Ottawa, which became just the second team to shut out Portage this season.

“In a tournament like this where nerves are at an all-time high, it was a big weight off our shoulders to get a goal early and I think it settled everyone down a bit. We didn’t really know too much about Portage coming in. I knew they were big, fast and skilled and obviously a good hockey club – they’re at nationals – but not much else. Going into the game we were focussed on what we had to do as opposed to the other team.”
-- Darcy Walsh, Ottawa Jr. Senators

Luke Bast scored two goals and set up another, and the Bandits used a five-goal first period to earn a comfortable win over the Blades to wrap up the opening day Sunday. In all, the Bandits got goals from six different players and points from 13 to improve to 3-1 all-time in tournament openers.

I thought the first period was a bit of a mess, but it is young guys with emotions and trying to figure out what it was going to be like here. It’s a home game, but it’s different and the players managed it well. We were good enough to score five (in the first period) so we’ll take that. Even after getting scored on first, we just needed to be resilient. We knew we weren’t going to go through the tournament and not get scored on and it was just how we were going to respond, and I thought we did a good job.”
-- Ryan Papaioannou, head coach, Brooks Bandits

Brooks Bandits 1-0-0-0 | 7GF 3GA | 3 points
Ottawa Jr. Senators 1-0-0-0 | 3GF 0GA | 3 points
Prince George Spruce Kings 0-0-0-0 | 0GF 0GA | 0 points
Portage Terriers 0-0-0-1 | 0GF 3GA | 0 points
Oakville Blades 0-0-0-1 | 3GF 7GA | 0 points

Luke Bast (Brooks) 2G 1A 3P
Thomas Maia (Oakville) 2G 0A 2P
Six players tied… 1G 1A 2P

Francis Boisvert (Ottawa) 1-0 / 0.00 GAA / 1.000 SV%
Pierce Charleson (Brooks) 1-0 / 3.00 GAA / .850 SV%
Nathan Moore (Portage) 0-1 / 3.00 GAA / .893 SV%
Will Barber (Oakville) 0-1 / 7.00 GAA / .794 SV%

Luke Bast – Brooks Bandits

Prince George Spruce Kings vs. Oakville Blades (2 p.m. MT) – STATS & WEBCAST
Brooks Bandits vs. Portage Terriers (7 p.m. MT) – STATS & WEBCAST

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