After semifinal victories on Friday, the Bentley Generals and South East Prairie Thunder will meet for the 107th Allan Cup, Canada’s National Senior Championship, on Saturday at the Events Centre in Clarenville. The championship game can be seen live on TSN3 and TSN5 beginning at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT. Check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.
Bentley beat the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts 5-4 in overtime in Friday’s early semifinal, while South East topped the host Clarenville Caribous 4-1 in the late game.
Saturday’s game will mark the sixth championship game appearance in eight years for the Generals, who won the national title in 2009 and 2013, while Prairie Thunder is in the final for the third time in seven years, winning in 2012.
The game is a rematch of the 2009 championship game, won by 4-3 in double overtime by Bentley.
Both teams enter the game with identical 3-0 records. South East finished first in Division One thanks to wins over Grand Falls-Windsor and the Dundas Real McCoys, while Bentley was tops in Division Two with victories over Clarenville and the Lameque Au P'tit Mousse.
In Friday’s early semifinal, Colin Dueck scored just 20 seconds into overtime to finish off a wild game that saw Grand Falls-Windsor erase three one-goal deficits, including the game-tying goal with 36 seconds left in regulation time. In all, the teams combined for four goals in the last 11:55, and both the Generals and Cataracts held the lead at one point in the third period. Torrie Dyck and Cam Maclise had a goal and an assist each for Bentley, which got 29 saves from Dustin Butler.
In the late game, Del Cowan scored the game-winning goal on the power play late in the first period and added two assists, and Riley Dudar had a goal and a helper to help South East advance. Steve Christie made 43 saves in the Prairie Thunder goal, including all 17 shots he faced in the third period, to help deny the Caribous their third consecutive appearance in the championship game.
The Allan Cup is one of the oldest club-team hockey competitions in North America, having been first competed for in 1908. Only once in the past 107 years, in 1945, has an Allan Cup champion not been crowned.
For more information on the 2015 Allan Cup, please visit www.allancup.ca.