Peterborough Survives Victoria Comeback, Takes 3-1 Series Lead

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The Peterborough Lakers were able to ward off and survive a late game comeback from the Victoria Shamrocks to secure the 8-6 victory. With the win Peterborough now holds a 3-1 lead in the best of seven series. 

Peterborough goalie Mike Poulin was a hugs piece of the win, making 33 saves off of 39 shots. Offensively, Peterborough was led by Kyle Buchanan who tallied four points (1G/3A) in the win. Also, Shawn Evans had three points (1G/2A) which moved him to second on the all-time Mann Cup points list with 174 points, passing John Grant Jr. 

Victoria was led by Chris Wardle who scored two goals in the loss. In addition, Tyson Gibson and Casey Jackson each had two points (1G/1A) while Connor Robinson had two assists. In net, Peter Dubenski played the majority of the game and made 32 saves off of 24 shots. Cody Hagedorn played in the last 24 minutes of the game and made 17 saves off of 17 shots.

Chris Wardle got the scoring started for Victoria early on with a power play goal. However, Peterborough answered quickly with a Jake Withers goal a few seconds later. Withers’ goal was the first of  a four-goal run that gave Peterborough a ton of energy midway through the fist. While Victoria finally answered, Peterborough scored the final goal of the period, giving them a 5-2 lead. 

The second period was slower and more defensive heavy, but Peterborough continued their dominance. Chad Tutton and Mark Matthews score two goal midway through the period, pushing their lead out to 7-2. Larson Sundown ended the scoreless run for Victoria, but Shawn Evans found the back of the net late in the second to stretch their lead back out to five. 

Peterborough held an 8-2 lead heading into the third as things looked to be wrapped up, for the most part. Victoria did have a bit of a comeback in them as they blanked Peterborough in the third and scored three straight. Chris Boushy, Tyson Gibson, and Chris Wardle all scored for Victoria in the third. 

Victoria was unable to complete the full comeback as Peterborough walked away with the 8-6 win and moved to 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. 

Peterborough Edges Victoria, Takes 2-1 Lead In Mann Cup

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The Peterborough Lakers edged the Victoria Shamrocks 9-8 in game three of the Mann Cup to take a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series. It was an extremely back-and-forth tilt as things came right down to the final seconds of play. 

Peterborough was led by Kyle Buchanan with six points (3G/3A) while Cory Vitarelli also tallied three points (2G/1A) in the win. Shawn Evans also dished out five assists. In net, Mike Poulin made 34 saves off of 42 shots on goal. 

Chris Boushy led Victoria with five points (2G/3A) while Tyler Pace also had four points (2G/2A) and Connor Robinson tallied four assists. Peter Dubenski made 47 saves off of 56 shots on goal. 

Peterborough controlled much of the first Period, getting out to a 4-1 lead heading into the second. Thomas Hoggarth and Kyle Buchanan struck early for Peterborough before Chris Wardle got Victoria on the board with a power-play goal midway through the period. Peterborough closed out the period strong with twi straight from Turner Evans and Kyle Buchanan. 

Down 4-1 entering the second, Victoria woke up big time as they unloaded in the second period, dominating on both ends of the floor. A goal from Chris Wardle early in the period was the first of a four-goal run for Victoria to take the lead. While they had their opportunities, Peterborough finally ended their scoring drought with a Cory Vitarelli goal late in the period, tying things up at 5 heading into the third. 

Mark Matthews got Peterborough going early in the third, scoring just 32 seconds in. Holden Cattoni followed just over a minute later, giving Peterborough the 7-5 lead. After some back-and-forth play, Casey Jackson answered for Victoria, but Cory Vitarelli struck right back with a power-play goal for Peterborough. 

With Peterborough holding an 8-6 lead under two minutes to play, Chris Boushy found the back of the net for Victoria to cut the lead to one. Peterborough struck back quickly with Kyle Buchanan stretching their lead back out to two. Tyler Pace scored the last goal of the game for Victoria with just seconds left. Peterborough was able to run the clock out and secure the slim 9-8 win. 

Evans’ Late Game Heroics Help Push Peterborough Past Victoria In OT, Tie Series At One

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The Peterborough Lakers have tied the Mann Cup series at 1 after securing a 12-10 win in overtime. It was three straight goals from Shawn Evans for Peterborough late in the third that tied things at 9, forced overtime, and gave the Lakers a wealth of energy heading into that overtime period. 

Shawn Evans led Peterborough with eight points (3G/5A) while Holden Cattoni, Kyle Buchanan, and Cory Vitarelli each had three points (1G/2A) as well. In net, Mike Poulin made 40 saves off of 50 shots.

Victoria was led by Tyson Gibson who tallied six points (2G/4A) while Connor Robinson and Casey Jackson each tallied four points (2G/2A) as well. Peter Dubenski made 62 saves off of 74 shots.

In the first, Mark Matthews got the scoring started for Peterborough early on. Victoria answered finally answered about midway through the game with a two straight power play goals from Connor Robinson and Tyson Gibson. Each team found the back of the net once more in the first, making it a 3-2 Victoria lead heading into the first intermission. 

With Thomas Hoggarth and Tyson Gibson getting things started for Peterborough and Victoria just minutes apart, the second period was back-and-forth the entire way. Both teams traded goals the entire period, even through multiple penalties midway through that saw Victoria score shorthanded twice and Peterborough score on a power play. Casey Jackson scored late in the second to give Victoria a 6-5 edge heading into the third. 

Josh Currier tied things up at 6 for Peterborough just over a minute into the third, and Victoria answered in a bit way. The Shamrocks went off on a three-goal run in four minutes, pushing their lead out to three. However, Shawn Evans stepped up late in the third for Peterborough and score three straight to tie things up and force overtime. 

Peterborough took all that energy into the overtime period and scored three more in a row to secure the win. Kiel Matisz, Corey Small, and Joe Resetaritis all scored for Peterborough in the overtime period. Graeme Hossack scored the last goal of the game for Victoria, but any though of a comeback had already died. 

Sunday will be an off day and play will resume on Monday with game three of the best of seven series. 

Victoria Rocks Peterborough In Mann Cup Game One

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The Victoria Shamrocks handled the Peterborough Lakers in game one of the Mann Cup series. Victoria was able to get hot early and carried that momentum through the final horn, securing the 13-6 win to take a 1-0 series lead. 

A big part of Victoria’s win was the play of Peter Dubenski in net for the Shamrocks. he made 67 saves off of 61 shots for a save percentage of 91%. In addition, Connor Robinson and Chris Boushy led Victoria with four points (3G/1A) each. 

For Peterborough, Mike Poulin made 40 saves off of 52 shots for a save percentage of 77%. On the offensive end, Holden Cattoni and Mark Matthews led the way with one goal and one assist each. Also, Shawn Evans had three assists, moving himself to third all-time in Mann Cup points with 161. 

Chris Boushy got things started for Victoria early in the first, but Peterborough was quick to answer with a Zach Currier goal less than a minute later. After some back-and-forth play, Victoria took the reigns, finishing the first with three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead heading into the second. 

Victoria continued their run early in the second with Tyler Pace finding the back of the net just four minutes into the second. Peterborough finally ended their nearly 19-minute scoring drought with Josh Currier answering just a few minutes later. After two straight from Victoria, Holden Cattoni gave Peterborough their third goal of the game. 

Entering the third period with a 9-3 lead, Victoria had all the energy on their side, dominating on both ends of the floor. While Victoria continued to dominate through the third, Peterborough did find a little momentum midway through with a two-goal run. Victoria closed out the game with a Tyler Burton goal to secure the 13-6 victory. 

Game two of the series will be played Saturday night at 7:00pm PST. 


Minto Cup: Orangeville Defeats Victoria In Back-And-Forth Contest, Completes Finals Sweep

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The Orangeville Northmen defeated the Victoria Shamrocks 7-5 in a very back-and-forth contest to complete the 3-0 sweep and hoist the Minto Cup for the first time since 2012. It was some very strong play late in the third that helped Orangeville pull ahead and secure the win. 

Orangeville was led by Jonathan Donville with four points (3G/1A) while Ty Thompson also tallied three points (1G/2A) in the win. In net, Rylan Hartley made 43 saves with a .896 save percentage for Orangeville. 

Jackson Boyd and Austin Madronic led the way for Victoria with two points (1G/1A) apiece. Cameron Dunkerley made 46 saves with a .868 save percentage in net for Victoria, as well. 

Orangeville opened up the game with two quick goals from Dawson Tait and Jonathan Donville, giving them an early lead. Zach Manns got Victoria on the board midway through the first, cutting the Orangeville lead to 2-1. Each team scored once more to end the period with Orangeville holding a 3-2 lead. 

Following a Kyle Waters Goal to put Orangeville up 4-2 just seconds into the second, both sides started to vamp it up on defense as seven minutes went bye without a goal. Midway through the period, Patrick Dodds found the back of the net for Victoria, cutting the lead to just one. Jackson Boyd tied things up at 4 for Victoria with just over a minutes left in the second. 

The third started with some more heavy defensive play, but Ty Thompson broke the silence with an Orangeville goal at the 9:03 mark. Denton Macdonald scored for Victoria just minutes later, tying things back up at 5. That would be Victoria’s last goal of the game as they were never able to capitalize on any more opportunities. Jonathan Donville scored two straight for Orangeville to end the game and secure the 7-5 victory. 

Minto Cup: Orangeville Handles Victoria In Game Two Of Finals

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Orangeville was able to go up 2-0 in the Minto Cup Finals, defeating Victoria 11-5 on Thursday night. While things started off very back-and-forth, Orangeville eventually took over on both ends and really ran away with this one, not allowing Victoria to even sniff a comeback. 

Jonathan Donville led the way for Orangeville with six points (4G/2A) while Kyle Waters tallied four points (3G/1A), as well. In net for Orangeville, Rylan Hartley made 27 saves with a .844 save percentage. 

Victoria was led by Zach Manns with three goals while Patrick Dodds and put up two points (1G/1A). Cameron Dunkerley made 45 saves with a .804 save percentage in net for Victoria. 

The game started off very back-and-forth as both teams kept trading goals throughout the first period. Jonathan Donville got Orangeville on the board first with a power-play goal, but a penalty on Donville allowed Victoria to get on the board with a power-play goal from Zach Mann less than a minute later. Midway through the period Dylan Watson ripped one for Orangeville, scoring another power-play goal and putting them up 2-1. 

Victoria ended the first period with a two-goal run from Patrick Dodds and Zach Manns late in the period. Manns goal came just after the penalty clock expired to give them a 3-2 lead heading into the second. 

Orangeville started took charge in the second, getting it done at both ends. Kyle Waters got the first goal for Orangeville in the second, kicking off a four-goal run that included three goals from Jonathan Donville to put them up 6-3.

Just when it looked like Orangeville could run away with it, Zach Manns stopped the bleeding for Victoria with a rip from downtown in the dying seconds of the shot clock. Less than a minute later Caleb Kueber found the back of the net in transition for Victoria, cutting the Orangeville lead to 6-5 heading into the third. 

Orangeville closed out the game strong in the third, scoring five unanswered goals, including two from Kyle Waters, to secure the 11-5 victory and go up 2-0 in the series. 

With Orangeville now leading 2-0 in the best of five series, they can capture the Minto Cup tomorrow night with a win to sweep the finals. 

Minto Cup: Orangeville Holds Off Victoria, Captures Game One of Finals

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The Orangeville Northmen were able to hold on down the stretch, warding off a very string comeback from the Victoria Shamrocks to secure the 10-8 and go up 1-0 in the Minto Cup Finals. 

It was a great offensive effort from Jonathan Donville and Dylan Watson as the two combined for all ten of Orangeville’s goals. Watson ended the game with 10 points (7G/3A) while Donville had nine points (3G/6A). 

For Victoria, Austin Madronic and Caleb Kueber led the way with three points (2G/1A) apiece. Jackson Boyd also tallied four points (1G/3A) for Victoria. 

Rylan Hartley made 31 saves with a .795 save percentage for Orangeville while Cameron Dunkerley made 57 saves with a .851 save percentage for Victoria. 

Orangeville got on the board first with Dylan Watson scoring two straight early in the first period. After some back-and-forth play, Ben Preston finally got Victoria on the board midway through the first, but that would be the last of their offensive feats in the first. Orangeville dominated the rest of the period and really dusted Victoria, taking a 5-1 lead into the second. 

While Jonothan Donville pushed Orangeville’s lead out to 6-1 early in the second, it was a much more defensive heavy period. Both goalies and the defense in front of them really stepped up big in the second, not allowing much by them. Victoria got their second goal of the game with 10:05 in the second via Teioshontathe McComber and Dylan Watson increased Orangeville’s lead to 7-2 with 4:34 in the period. 

The third quarter was a much different story, as Victoria flew out of the gate with an early three-goal run to start the period, cutting the Orangeville lead to 7-5. While Dylan Watson stopped the bleeding for Orangeville, scoring just about a minute later, Austin Madronic answered right back for Victoria. 

Orangeville scored two straight midway through to give them a 10-6 cushion. While Austin Madronic and Patrick Dodds scored two goals late in the game for Victoria they could not complete the comeback as the Orangeville defense stood tall in the final minutes of the game to secure the 10-8 win. 

Minto Cup: Victoria Defeats Okotoks in Overtime, Advances to Finals

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For the first time since 2008, the Victoria Shamrocks are heading to the Minto Cup finals where they will face the Orangeville Northmen. Victoria defeated Okotoks in overtime of the semifinal game to advance to the finals, which start on Wednesday night. 

Jake Gillis got Okotoks on the board first, but Victoria didn’t take long to answer and take the lead with Jackson Boyd and Zach Manns scoring back-to-back goals in less than a minute. Okotoks scored the last two goals of the first, taking a 3-2 lead into the second. 

The back-and-forth play continued in the second as both teams continued to answer each other. Victoria took back the lead with an early two-goal run before Okotoks answered with a two-goal run of their own. Following a two-goal run from Victoria late in the second, Okotoks caught fire and scored three straight to go ahead 8-6 heading into the third. 

While there was a ton of back-and-forth play to start the third, offensively it was all Victoria. Patrick Dodds and Austin Madronic scored two straight to tie things up at 8 for Victoria early in the period. Both Okotoks and Victoria had opportunities to score coming out of a timeout with just seconds left on the clock, but neither could convert as both defenses stood tall, forcing overtime. 

Both defenses were very stout through the early part of the overtime period, but Victoria’s offense really popped off at the end to secure the victory. Austin Madronic scored and Ben Preston scored two straight within a minute to give Victoria the 10-8 lead with 2:16 in the period. Liam Phillips and Brian Robb added some sugar on top with two empty netters in the final minute to put this one to bed, giving Victoria the12-8 win. 

Okotoks was led by Zach Mantei with five points (1G/4A) and Levi Anderson who tallied four points (2G/2A). In net, Jack Bruzell-Friesz made 51 saves with a .836 save percentage. 

Austin Madronic led the way for Victoria with five points (2G/3A). Zach Manns also had four points (2G/2A) in the win for Victoria. In net, Cameron Dunkerley made 41 saves with an .837 save percentage. 

Minto Cup Finals Schedule (Best of Five)

Wednesday, August 21st: Orangeville vs Victoria – 7:00pm PT

Thursday, August 22nd: Orangeville vs Victoria – 7:00pm PT

Friday, August 23rd: Orangeville vs Victoria – 7:00pm PT

Saturday, August 24th: Orangeville vs Victoria – 7:00pm PT (If Needed)

Sunday, August 25th: Orangeville vs Victoria – 7:00pm PT (If Needed)



Minto Cup: Round Robin Play Wraps Up

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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. 

Playoff Schedule

Semifinal Game

Monday, August 19th: Okotoks Raiders vs Victoria Shamrocks – 7:00pm PST 

Finals (Best of Five) 

August 21-26: Orangeville Northmen vs TBD

Founders’ Cup: Calgary Defeats Six Nations, Claims Gold

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The Calgary Shamrocks completed the upset as they defeated the Six Nations Rebels 16-15 in the Gold Medal game on Sunday night, becoming the first team from outside Ontario to capture the cup in ten years. Calgary was able to get ahead early and sustain their lead, warding off a very tough Six Nations team to secure the win.

After trailing 2-0 early, a power-play goal got Calgary on the board and helped get their offense going. They were able to keep that energy going through the rest of the first, taking a 6-3 lead into the intermission. 

While the second was a little more back-and-forth later on, Calgary continued to keep their offensive juices flowing as they went up 11-5 with just under 11 minutes left in the period. Six Nations started to fight back as they did cut the Calgary lead down to 15-10 heading into the third. 

Six Nations really started heating up in the third as they used a four-goal run to cut the Calgary lead to 15-14. While Six Nations seemed ti be firing on all cylinders, Calgart had an answered as they pushed their lead back out to 16-14. Six Nations cut the lead to 16-15 with 6:36 in the third and it looked like they could start to take over once again. However, Calgary was able to hold Six Nations down the stretch and secure the win to capture Gold at the 2019 Founders’ Cup. 

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In addition to the Gold Medal game, the Seneca WarChiefs claimed fifth place and the Coquitlam Adanacs won the Bronze Medal game. In the fifth place game, Seneca got out to a big lead in the first and never looked back. They were able to put Saskatchewan away early and secure the win in blowout fashion. In the Bronze Medal game, Coquitlam was able to take control after thing being tied at 2 to end the first. Coquitlam used an offensive surge in the third to help capture the victory.