Alberta claims top spot in Pool B after third-period comeback

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Round-robin action concluded at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. Monday, with first place in Pool B still on the line. Western Hockey League prospects once again factored into provincial and territorial success for their respective teams.

Saskatchewan 7 at Manitoba 1

Logan Linklater (Kindersley, Sask./Prince Albert Raiders) scored twice and Gabe Klassen (Prince Albert, Sask./Portland Winterhawks) had a goal and three points Monday as Saskatchewan clinched second spot in Pool B with a 7-1 win over Manitoba.

Saskatchewan wasted little time in getting on the board as Kevin Anderson (Regina, Sask./Kootenay ICE) put his province up 1-0 4:23 into the first. Linklater’s first goal would double Saskatchewan’s lead before the end of the period, making it a 2-0 game heading into the second.

Linklater’s second of the game, as well as goals from Blake Swetlikoff (Regina, Sask./Spokane Chiefs) and Klassen would make it a 5-0 score before Manitoba got on the board via Carson Lambos (Winnipeg, Man./Kootenay ICE).

That’d do little to stop Saskatchewan though, who added goals from Nolan Allan (Davidson, Sask./Prince Albert Raiders) and Logan Cox (Prince Albert, Sask./Spokane Chiefs) in the final 20 minutes to round out the score.

Making his third-straight start, Brett Mirwald (Saskatoon, Sask./Moose Jaw Warriors) stopped 23 of 24 shots to earn the win. Tyler Brennan (Winnipeg, Man.) turned aside 38 shots in the loss.

Matthew Hodson (Saskatoon, Sask./Victoria Royals) had a pair of assists while Swetlikoff and Allan added a helper for the multi-point performances. Karter Prosofsky (Saskatoon, Sask./Kootenay ICE) and Cole Sillinger (Regina, Sask./Medicine Hat Tigers) each added a single assist in the lopsided win. Eric Alarie (Winnipeg, Man./Moose Jaw Warriors) and Hudson Thornton (Winnipeg, Man./Prince George Cougars) had the assists on Manitoba’s lone goal in the game.

British Columbia 4 at Alberta 5

In a rematch of the 2017 WHL Cup gold medal game, Alberta earned a dramatic 5-4 victory after trailing 4-2 early in the final period of regulation.

Captain Sean Tschigerl (Edmonton, Alta./Calgary Hitmen) came through with the game-winning goal in the final minute of regulation while Zack Ostapchuk (St. Albert, Alta./Vancouver Giants) had a goal and an assist to lead the offensive performances. Drew Sim (Tees, Alta./Vancouver Giants) stopped 27 shots in the win.

B.C. took the lead early on with a pair of goals in the first period as Steel Quiring (Vernon, B.C./Kelowna Rockets) and Ty Gibson (Victoria, B.C./Everett Silvertips) each found the back of the net.

Graham Sward (Abbotsford, B.C./Spokane Chiefs) would make it a three-goal advantage early in the second, but Alberta came ready to play in the middle period. Goals from Craig Armstrong (Airdrie, Alta./Prince George Cougars) and Colton Dach (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta./Saskatoon Blades) cut the lead to one after 40 minutes, giving Alberta a glimmer of hope.

That hope appeared to take a hit 46 seconds into the third as Trevor Wong (Vancouver B.C./Kelowna Rockets) made it a 4-2 game, but the host province would have enough resolve for the comeback.

With 8:34 left in regulation, Marc Lajoie (St. Albert, Alta./Tri-City Americans) made it a one-goal game and Ostapchuk tied it up with 3:11 left in the contest.

That would set the stage for Tschigerl’s game-winning goal in the final minute, giving Alberta their first lead of the game.

Matthew Savoie added a pair of assists while Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, Alta./Edmonton Oil Kings), Kai Uchacz (De Winton, Alta./Seattle Thunderbirds), Matt Smith (Edmonton, Alta./Edmonton Oil Kings), Owen MacNeil (Calgary, Alta./Spokane Chiefs), Corson Ceulemans (Beaumont, Alta./Moose Jaw Warriors), and Kyle Masters (Edmonton, Alta./Red Deer Rebels) each had a single helper.

Logan Stankoven (Kamloops, B.C./Kamloops Blazers) had a pair of helpers. Jake Chiasson (Abbotsford, B.C./Brandon Wheat Kings), Cage Newans (Qualicum Beach, B.C./Victoria Royals), Nolan Bentham (Victoria, B.C./Victoria Royals), and Tyson Galloway (Kamloops, B.C./Calgary Hitmen) each had a single assist in the tight loss.

Nunavut 0 at Northwest Territories 6


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Brandon White/Canada Winter Games

Samuel Schofield (Yellowknife, NWT/Swift Current Broncos) scored twice and finished with four points while Jonah Bevington (Yellowknife, NWT/Portland Winterhawks) contributed a pair of goals and three points Monday afternoon to close out the Northwest Territory’s round robin with a 6-0 win over Nunavut.

N.W.T. scored three times in the first, once in the second, and twice more in the third for the victory.

Bevington opened the scoring, later adding the team’s fourth goal of the game. Schofield tallied the third and sixth goals of the contest for his home territory.

The win secured third place in Pool C for Northwest Territories. 

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