Game Report 1103 National Jr A Championship
PLAYED AT: PCU Centre
Date: May 11, 2015
GAME NOTES: FIVE PLAYERS SCORE, MUSTANGS BEAT THUNDERBIRDS FOR FIRST RBC CUP WIN JASON LA ROSE PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – The Melfort Mustangs scored three times in less than two minutes in the first half of the first period to take an early lead, and held off a third-period push to earn a 5-3 win over the Soo Thunderbirds in Monday’s lone game at the 2015 RBC Cup. The victory is the first of the tournament for the Mustangs, who jumped into a three-way tie for second place at 1-1 with the Penticton Vees and Portage Terriers as the preliminary round reached the halfway mark. Adam Fauchoux, Regan Wilton and Eric Young scored for Melfort in a span of 1:54 in the first period, while Travis Mayan and Dexter Bricker added goals in the second. Owen Headrick scored twice and Matt Caruso added one for Soo, which dropped to 0-2. Both coming off shutout losses in their tournament openers, the Mustangs and Thunderbirds came out firing in search of an early goal, and Fauchoux got it for Melfort at 6:39 when he took a pass in the slot from David Heath and snapped a shot past Soo goaltender Brian Kment. Wilton doubled the lead just 16 seconds later, and Young beat Kment up top from a sharp angle at 8:33 to make it 3-0 and chase Kment, who gave up three goals on 10 shots. Mario Culina went the rest of the way for the Thunderbirds, stopping 20 of 22. Mayan, the runaway scoring leader in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League this season, scored his first goal in nine games for a 4-0 advantage just 1:57 into the second period; he last found the back of the net in Game 3 of the SJHL final on April 15. Headrick finally got the first goal of the tournament for Soo at 4:39 of the middle frame, but Bricker converted a tap-in after hard work down low by Dakota Boutin to restore the four-goal lead after 40 minutes. The Thunderbirds managed just four shots in the third period (and 19 overall) but made good on two of them to get within a pair and add a little excitement to the final minutes. Caruso scored the 5-2 goal five minutes into the period, showing off his quick hands in close before slipping a shot under Melfort goaltender Richard Palmer, and Headrick’s shot from the point made its way through traffic and past Palmer to cap the scoring at 12:41. Melfort will watch from the sidelines Tuesday before facing the Carleton Place Canadians on Wednesday night (7 p.m. CT), while the Thunderbirds are back on the ice at the PCU Centre on Tuesday night to face the host Portage Terriers (7 p.m. CT).
Visiting Team: Melfort Mustangs
Home Team: Soo Thunderbirds
MELFORT MUSTANGS LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G35  Palmer, Richard
  Berggren, Dawven
  Aasen, Jay
  Young, Eric
  Lemire, Luc
 11  Boyer, Justin
 14  Hermary, Nick
 15  Fauchoux, Adam
 18  Bricker, Dexter
 20  Hyrsky, Cole
 22  Mayan, Travis
 23  Wilton, Regan
 24  Sinclair, Eric
 25  Argent, Sheldon
 28  Boomgaarden, Riley
 39  Robin, Landon
 44  Boutin, Dakota
 47  Frei, Tristan
 55  Heath, David
   
MELFORT MUSTANGS PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st47 2:00 (auto) Head Contact minor 15:291 15:296:31
1st47 10:00 (auto) Head Contact misconduct 15:29  15:2914:31
2nd39 2:00 Roughing after the whistle minor 9:07  9:0712:53
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
SOO THUNDERBIRDS LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G30  Culina, Mario
G35  Kment, Brian
  Busby, Matt
  Grandinetti, Brandon
 10  Pinder, Matt
 12  Miller, Joey
 13  Katchouk, Boris
 14  Bellini, Jaren
 15  Miller, Anthony
 16  Shell, Devin
 17  Tassone, Nicolas
 18  Mitchell, Matthew
 20  Barbeau, Andrew
 21  Boman, Caleb
 23  Jeffries, Brett
 24  Radke, David
 25  Dea, Connor
 26  Hillock, Eric
 27  Headrick, Owen
 28  Caruso, Matt
SOO THUNDERBIRDS PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
2nd23 2:00 Roughing after the whistle minor 9:07  9:0712:53
2nd15 2:00 Tripping minor 10:011 10:0111:59
3rd26 2:00 Roughing minor 0:421 0:421:18
3rd20 2:00 Tripping minor 5:271 5:2716:33
3rd27 2:00 (auto) Handling the Puck minor 6:361 6:3615:24
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
MELFORT MUSTANGS Goals MELFORT MUSTANGS PLAYERS (plus) SOO THUNDERBIRDS PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st6:39  15-55-28            
1st6:55  23-20            
1st8:33  7-24            
2nd1:57  22-24            
2nd13:28  18-44            
SOO THUNDERBIRDS Goals SOO THUNDERBIRDS PLAYERS (plus) MELFORT MUSTANGS PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
2nd4:39  27-26            
3rd5:07  28-13            
3rd12:41  27-15-12            
                
                
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
MELFORT MUSTANGS 0 / 4
SOO THUNDERBIRDS 0 / 1
PENALTY SUMMARY
MELFORT MUSTANGS 14 min / 3 inf
SOO THUNDERBIRDS 10 min / 5 inf
POINT SUMMARY
MELFORT MUSTANGS 5 G + 6 A = 11 Pts
SOO THUNDERBIRDS 3 G + 4 A = 7 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
MELFORT MUSTANGS3205
SOO THUNDERBIRDS0123
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
MEL - Palmer (60:00) (W)77216/0:003rd/20:00
SOO - Kment (8:33) 7007/0:001st/8:33
SOO - Culina (51:27) (L)68620/8:333rd/20:00
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 8:00 PM
  -  End: 8:00 PM
  -  Attendance:
OFFICIALS
Referee: Michael Campbell
Referee: Colin Watt
Linesman: Kelsey Mahoney
Linesman: Darell Surminski
CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


This report has been checked and verified against the Official National Jr A Championship Game Report.