Through three days of play, the round robin portion of the Minto Cup has concluded, and the semifinal game and finals are on the horizon.
After Saturday’s contest, Victoria, Okotoks, and Orangeville will be moving on while Coquitlam has seen their season come to an end following an upset loss. Victoria and Okotoks will face each other in the semifinal game on Monday, and the winner will face Orangeville in the finals which start on Wednesday.
Orangeville Northmen 11, Okotoks Raiders 4
Thing started very back-and-forth in this one as things were tied at 2 heading into the second. Orangeville used a six-goal run from late in the first through late in the second to really get ahead and start to put this one away early. Okotoks was able to answer, but they couldn’t overcome the deficit. Orangeville led 8-3 heading into the third and then expanded on it. Okotoks got the last goal of the game, making the final an 11-4 win for Orangeville.
Jonathan Donville led the way for Orangeville with nine points (5G/4A) while Dylan Watson also had six points (2G/4A) in the win. In net, Rylan Hartley made 36 saves with a save percentage of .923.
Okotoks was led by Ethan Landymore who scored two goals in the loss. In addition, Marshall Bloomfield dished out four assists for Okotoks, as well. Jackson Brown made 41 saves with a .788 save percentage.
Victoria Shamrocks 15, Coquitlam Adanacs 7
Victoria came out firing as they were able to gain a 6-0 advantage heading into the second period. While Coquitlam finally started to find their offense in the second, Victoria was always there to answer. Victoria was able to stay ahead and take a 10-3 lead into the third and final period. This one was pretty much over, but Victoria continued to pile on and Coquitlam was able to answer as they continued to find ways to have success, despite the seemingly insurmountable deficit. Victoria sustained their lead and walked away with a very surprising win to keep their hopes alive.
Patrick Dodds led Victoria with six points (2G/4A) while Zach Manns tallied five points (3G/2A) in the win. Also, Ben Preston and Austin Madronic recorded five points for Victoria, as well. In net, Cameron Dunkerley made 43 saves with a .860 save percentage.
Coquitlam was led by Will Clayton who tallied four points (2G/2A) in the loss. Reid Bowering also scored three goals for Coquitlam in the game. Nate Faccin made 25 saves with a .735 save percentage for Coquitlam.
Monday, August 19th: Okotoks Raiders vs Victoria Shamrocks – 7:00pm PST
Finals (Best of Five)
August 21-26: Orangeville Northmen vs TBD