Day 3 Wrapup From Peewee Nationals

Nova Scotia 6   Quebec 1

Unfortunately, I was unable to catch any of this game.

New Brunswick Saskatchewan 6

With all of the focus of the night on the much anticipated Ontario – British Columbia game, Teams Saskatchewan and New Brunswick decided to put on a show of their own.  Down by 6-4 with just over a minute left in the game, Saskatchewan scored once, called a timeout and then tied the game with less than half minute to go. 

The first 5 minute Overtime was back and forth with both goalies making some great saves, but it decided nothing.  Fans were almost ready to take another break after the second 10 minute Overtime, when New Brunswick’s captain Joshua Stack picked up a loose ball in his own end, drove the floor, and got a shot off. Ryan Dunlevy picked up the rebound right in front of the net and scored with under 8 seconds left on the clock.

British Columbia 2    Ontario  10

This game was really hyped and early on it did not disappoint.  For about the first 7-8 minutes both teams were playing like a defensive prize fighter, just waiting for the other to make a wrong move so they could pounce.  What happened though was that the two starting goalies, B.C.’s William Schwan and Ontario’s Brent Noseworthy were there to hold the fort on any breakdowns by their respective troops.

Cameron Milligan opened the scoring for Ontario on a Power Play, and shortly after, B.C.’s Nathan Wade tied it.  The first period ended 1-1.

In the second period, again the teams both played relatively solid in their own end before Ontario went on a 4 goal run midway through.  Goals by Brandon Robinson, Jacob Harris, Brody Milne and Nick Ritchie had Ontario up 5-1.  Right before the end of the second period, Tyler Pace brought B.C. to within three leaving some thinking we might be in for a great finish. 

It was not meant to be as the third period started somewhat uneventful for the first 6-7 minutes, and then Ontario went on another 5 goal run with scores from Mike Panowyk, Jackson Hulbert, Jacob Harris, Brandon Robinson, and Joel Tinney.  The final on the night was 10-2. All 12 goals are in the video below:

My take tonight and thoughts going forward:

British Columbia is a big, physical, skilled and fast team, they have all the elements to win.  Ontario is not as big, but is as fast and I think matches up very well skill wise with B.C.  What won on this night for Ontario was their big guys played big, and their skill guys made things happen and scored.  Their transition game was very effective scoring a few goals as was their 5 on 5 penetration.   

Having said that, don’t go handing out any medals just yet, as this baby ain’t over by any means.  This B.C. team can play.  Did we see everything from both teams tonight?  I don’t think so.  I’m sure the Ontario Coaches and fans alike need not be reminded of the Nationals of the last couple of seasons.  When it matters most, that is where you will see the real B.C. and the real Ontario.  Tonights game was the feel out game.  Now it is time for adjustments, discussions and planning to meet again, assuming both can continue their play that got them this far.

One thing for sure, it will be a dandy!  

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