Alberta earns first win in Canada Winter Games hockey Sunday

Giselle Brunel/Canada Winter Games


Action between teams at the 2019 Canada Winter Games intensified Sunday with a pair of one-goal games, giving each of the teams in Pool B at least one win at the tournament. In Pool C action, Northwest Territories picked up their first win of the tournament. 

Saskatchewan 3 at British Columbia 4

Trevor Wong (Vancouver B.C./Kelowna Rockets), Logan Stankoven (Kamloops, B.C./Kamloops Blazers), and Jack O’Brien (Surrey, B.C./Swift Current Broncos) each had a goal and an assist Sunday at British Columbia scored their first win at the tournament with a 4-3 decision against Saskatchewan. 

Thomas Milic (Coquitlam, B.C./Seattle Thunderbirds) responded in net for B.C. with 28 saves on 31 shots, earning the victory. 

Saskatchewan started strong with goals in the first period by Cole Sillinger (Regina, Sask./Medicine Hat Tigers) and Kevin Anderson (Regina, Sask./Kootenay ICE). However, Matthew Seminoff (Coquitlam, B.C./Kamloops Blazers) would respond later in the period to cut the deficit to one after 20 minutes. 

In the second, Stankoven potted his goal to tie up the game after 40 minutes. 

Taking the lead in the third, Wong put his province up 3-2 and O’Brien would score the goal to make it 4-2 38 seconds later. Sillinger’s second of the game came late in the period as Saskatchewan pressed for the tie, but they’d only get within a goal. 

Brett Mirwald (Saskatoon, Sask./Moose Jaw Warriors) stopped 26 shots for Saskatchewan in the narrow loss. 

Picking up a single assist for British Columbia were Cage Newans (Qualicum Beach, B.C./Victoria Royals), Nolan Bentham (Victoria, B.C/Victoria Royals), Finlay Williams (North Vancouver, B.C./Swift Current Broncos), and Elias Carmichael (Langley, B.C./Kelowna Rockets). 

Sillinger added an assist for the three-point game. Blake Swetlikoff (Regina, Sask./Spokane Chiefs) and Joe Arntsen (Swift Current, Sask./Lethbridge Hurricanes) each had a single assist in the loss.

Giselle Brunel/Canada Winter Games
Giselle Brunel/Canada Winter Games


Manitoba 5 at Alberta 6

Colten Dach (Fort Saskatchewan, Alta./Saskatoon Blades) had a goal and an assist while Dylan Guenther (Edmonton, Alta./Edmonton Oil Kings) and Sean Tschigerl (Edmonton, Alta./Calgary Hitmen) each chipped in a pair of assists Sunday as Alberta recorded their first win at the tournament with a 6-5 win over Manitoba. 

Alberta stormed out to a 5-1 lead after 20 minutes as Corson Ceulemans (Beaumont, Alta./Moose Jaw Warriors), Dach, Tyson Laventure (Lloydminster, Alta./Prince Albert Raiders), Brett Hyland (Edmonton, Alta./Brandon Wheat Kings), and Kai Uchacz (De Winton, Alta./Seattle Thunderbirds) all scored in the opening period. Trentyn Crane (Winkler, Man./Victoria Royals) responded for Manitoba to get them on the board, but down four, after 20 minutes. 

Manitoba’s comeback bid began in the second as Conor Geekie and Conner Roulette’s (Winnipeg, Man/Seattle Thunderbirds) first of two goals in the game made it a 6-3 game after 40 minutes, with Craig Armstrong (Airdrie, Alta./Prince George Cougars) notching the eventual game-winning goal for the host province. 

That didn’t stop Manitoba from making the game interesting though, as Roulette’s second goal of the game and a strike from Hudson Thornton (Winnipeg, Man./Prince George Cougars) closed the gap to a single goal late. 

Lochlan Gordon (Edmonton, Alta./Portland Winterhawks) held the fort for Alberta, stopping 22 shots in the win. Jayden Catellier (St. Pierre, Man./Kamloops Blazers) stopped 27 in the one-goal loss for Manitoba. 

Zack Stringer (Lethbridge, Alta./Lethbridge Hurricanes), Jayden Grubbe (Calgary, Alta./Red Deer Rebels), and Owen MacNeil (Calgary, Alta./Spokane Chiefs) each picked up a single assist in the win. Dawson Pasternak (Winnipeg, Man./Portland Winterhawks) picked up a pair of helpers while Thornton added an assist for the multi-point game. 

Grady Lane (Virden, Man./Spokane Chiefs), Rory Neill (Winnipeg, Man/Calgary Hitmen), Tayem Gislason (Winnipeg, Man./Prince Albert Raiders), and Carson Lambos (Winnipeg, Man./Kootenay ICE) each picked up a single assist in the tight defeat. 

Nunavut 5 at Yukon 3 

Owen Palfreyman (Whitehorse, Yukon/Calgary Hitmen) scored one of his team’s two goals in the second period Sunday morning during a 5-3 loss in a meeting of the two territories. 

Northwest Territories 2 at Prince Edward Island 3 

Samuel Schofield (Yellowknife, NWT/Swift Current Broncos) scored for the second game in a row Sunday morning. The third-period goal helped the Northwest Territories temporarily pull even with P.E.I. before a late goal gave the island province the one-goal victory.

Northwest Territories 4 at Yukon 2 

Samuel Schofield (Yellowknife, NWT/Swift Current Broncos) extended his goal-scoring streak to three games Sunday evening, striking for the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win for Northwest Territories against Yukon. 

Jonah Bevington (Yellowknife, NWT/Portland Winterhawks) had the second of two goals for his side in a 16-second span during the opening 20 minutes. Bevington also earned a primary assist on his team’s opening goal for the multi-point performance. 

Leading scorers

Brandon White/Canada Winter Games
Brandon White/Canada Winter Games


Through two days of action at the tournament, three WHL prospects are tied for ninth in scoring at the tournament with four points each. 

Samuel Schofield (Yellowknife, NWT/Swift Current Broncos) has three goals and a single assist, Cole Sillinger (Regina, Sask./Medicine Hat Tigers) has a pair of goals and a pair of assists, and Dawson Pasternak (Winnipeg, Man./Portland Winterhawks) has one goal and three assists. 

Round-robin action finishes at the tournament Monday. 


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