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2019 NJAC Recap: May 14
Oakville gets first win, Brooks stays perfect as playoff picture comes into focus
Jason La Rose
May 14, 2019

The final four are set at the 2019 National Junior A Championship, all that’s left is to see who finishes where. The Oakville Blades confirmed the final four when they edged the Portage Terriers for their first win, while the Brooks Bandits kept on rolling with a victory over the Ottawa Jr. Senators, their third in as many tries.

Spencer Kersten led the offence with a goal and three assists, and the Blades held off a third-period comeback to edge the Terriers for their first win Tuesday. Josh Nixon added a goal and a helper for Oakville, which took charge early with four goals in the first 12 minutes.

“Our season was on the line coming off two pretty bad losses against two really good teams. This is the national championship, so we weren’t going to come out too passive, we wanted to be aggressive and be ready to go. They did the exact same thing, they’re good opponents and they worked hard. We wanted to come out strong and create a flow of the game that was in our favour. We did that and were fortunate to come out with the win.”
-- Kersten on the importance of a strong start

Arnaud Vachon and Jakob Lee scored 94 seconds apart late in the first period, and the Bandits withstood an all-world performance from Francis Boisvert to earn the win on Tuesday night. Despite the loss, the night belonged to Boisvert; he made 37 saves to give Ottawa a chance at its second win.

“The reality of Saturday and Sunday [is that] it’s probably not going to be a 9-6 hockey game, so we need to be sound in 2-1 type games. I thought we did a good job not getting frustrated offensively and doing the best to limit their shots and holding them to 10 was pretty good. We’ve had similar games this year where we’ve found ways to pull away in those games, tonight it was about making sure that regardless of the shot clock, it was a 2-1 game and we just stuck with it.”
-- Ryan Papaioannou, Brooks head coach, on staying committed to the process

Brooks Bandits 3-0-0-0 | 14GF 7GA | 9 points
Prince George Spruce Kings 2-0-0-0 | 9GF 1GA | 6 points
Ottawa Jr. Senators 1-0-0-2 | 4GF 6GA | 3 points
Oakville Blades 1-0-0-2 | 9GF 16GA | 3 points
Portage Terriers 0-0-0-3 | 7GF 13GA | 0 points

Spencer Kersten (Oakville) 1G 4A 5P
Ryan Mahshie (Brooks) 1G 4A 5P
Luke Bast (Brooks) 2G 2A 4P
Simon Gravel (Brooks) 2G 2A 4P
Ben Brar (Prince George) 1G 3A 4P
Patrick Cozzi (Prince George) 1G 3A 4P

Logan Neaton (Prince George) 2-0 / 0.50 GAA / .971 SV%
Francis Boisvert (Ottawa) 1-2 / 2.03 GAA / .932 SV%
Pierce Charleson (Brooks) 3-0 / 2.33 GAA / .848 SV%
Nathan Moore (Portage) 0-2 / 2.70 GAA / .900 SV%
Will Barber (Oakville) 1-2 / 5.65 GAA / .837 SV%

Spencer Kersten – Oakville Blades

Portage Terriers vs. Prince George Spruce Kings (7 p.m. MT) – STATISTICS & WEBCAST

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