2008 RBC Cup

Oakville Blades  7 -  Humboldt Broncos  6


They’re not done yet.

Jeremy Welsh scored twice – completing his hat trick – and Lindsay Sparks added the eventual game-winning goal in a third-period comeback as the Oakville Blades kept their semi-final hopes alive at the 2008 RBC Cup with a wild 7-5 win over the Humboldt Broncos on Wednesday afternoon.

The victory means Oakville and Humboldt are even in the standings as 1-2, with one game to go for each. The Blades will face the Camrose Kodiaks on Thursday night (7:00 p.m. ET), while the Broncos take on the Weeks Crushers Thursday at 2:00 p.m. ET. Oakville needs a win over the Kodiaks or a loss by the Broncos to lock up a semi-final spot.

Humboldt, coming off a 2-1 loss to Camrose on Monday afternoon, struck quickly against the Blades, as Matthew Kirzinger got a shot past Oliver Wren just 2:04 in, the first shot faced by the Oakville goaltender.

The Blades responded – Geoff Guimond’s snapped a shot off the far post and past Humboldt netminder Taylor Nelson – before the Broncos retook the lead on a breakaway goal by Dane Lindskog.

Oakville put the cap on a wild opening period by first tying the game and then taking their first lead on goals from Welsh and Dustin Alcock for a 3-2 advantage heading into the intermission.

They ran the lead to 4-2 on Guimond’s second powerplay goal of the game early in the second period before the Broncos got powerplay goals of their own from Scott Schroeder and Brady Wacker, and a shorthanded marker from Kirzinger with just 22 seconds to go in the frame to send the West Region champions to the dressing room up by a goal at 5-4.

After five goals in the first period and four more in the second, it was no surprise that the third period featured plenty of offense from both sides.

It took the Blades’ powerplay just 4:58 to answer the Broncos’ second period goal rush, as Welsh forced the puck past Nelson after a scramble in the Humboldt crease to pull even at 5-5.

Welsh connected again just 47 seconds later, rifling a puck just under the crossbar to give Oakville its second lead of the game, this time at 6-5.

Sparks made it 7-5 before Tanner Vandesype scored for the Broncos with just 65 seconds to go, cutting the lead to one and setting up a wild finish.

Guimond, who added an assist to his two-goal afternoon, and Kirzinger picked up player-of-the-game honours for their respective teams.


Game Information
Game Number Round Preliminary
Arena Ed Lumley Arena City, Country Cornwall, Ont., Canada
Month / Day / Year 05/07/2008 Time (local) 02:00 PM ET
Attendance 1245 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Oakville Blades (CEN) 3 1 3 7
Humboldt Broncos (WST) 2 3 1 6
First Period
   02:04 WST 20 Matthew Kirzinger (25 Tanner Van DeSype, 16 Dane Lindskog)
   08:46 CEN 14 Geoff Guimond (27 Jeremy Welsh) PP
   11:43 WST 16 Dane Lindskog (20 Matthew Kirzinger)
   12:04 CEN 27 Jeremy Welsh
   12:51 CEN 15 Dustin Alcock (74 Julian Cimadamore)

   03:00 CEN 89 Kyle Badham (Slashing)
   08:25 WST 5 Brady Wacker (Roughing)
   13:28 CEN 74 Julian Cimadamore (Hooking)

Second Period
   03:30 CEN 14 Geoff Guimond (27 Jeremy Welsh, 7 Luke Moodie) PP
   06:16 WST 7 Scott Schroeder (17 Voldy Dashko, 5 Brady Wacker) PP
   07:12 WST 5 Brady Wacker PP
   19:38 WST 20 Matthew Kirzinger SH

   03:13 WST 9 Josh Garneau (Roughing)
   05:27 CEN 89 Kyle Badham (Charging)
   06:52 CEN 42 Scott Judson (Interference)
   08:02 WST 24 Shawn Hunter (Tripping)
   11:10 WST 10 Steven Schroeder (Cross Checking)
   18:35 WST 16 Dane Lindskog (Cross Checking)

Third Period
   04:58 CEN 27 Jeremy Welsh (15 Dustin Alcock, 91 Lindsay Sparks) PP
   05:45 CEN 27 Jeremy Welsh (14 Geoff Guimond, 7 Luke Moodie)
   07:00 CEN 91 Lindsay Sparks (15 Dustin Alcock)
   18:55 WST 25 Tanner Van DeSype (18 Russ Nielsen, 20 Matthew Kirzinger)

   00:55 CEN 7 Luke Moodie (Slashing)
   03:09 WST 21 Braydon Klimosko (Tripping)
   09:33 WST 7 Scott Schroeder (Kneeing)
   18:17 CEN 91 Lindsay Sparks (Slashing)

Oakville Blades
29 Oliver Wren On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
Humboldt Broncos
1 Taylor Nelson On 1/00:00   Off 3/09:33
30 Andrew Bodnarchuk On 3/09:34   Off 3/18:17

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Oakville Blades 14 12 9 35
Humboldt Broncos 13 10 10 33

Player of Game
Oakville Blades 14 Geoff Guimond
Humboldt Broncos 20 Matthew Kirzinger
Referee Chad White
Lines People Craig Fairburn, Adam O'Keefe
Goal Judge Troy Murray, Chris Harrington