Game Report 2425 National Jr A Championship
PLAYED AT: Centennial Regional Arena
Date: May 18, 2019
GAME NOTES: SPRUCE KINGS EDGE BLADES, ADVANCE TO NJAC FINAL JASON LA ROSE BROOKS, Alta. – Nick Poisson and Ben Brar scored 1:45 apart in the second period, Logan Neaton made 32 saves and the Prince George Spruce Kings held off the Oakville Blades 2-1 on Saturday night to move into the championship game at the 2019 National Junior A Championship. The Spruce Kings will face a familiar foe – they will take on the host Brooks Bandits in the final on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m. TSN3), looking for the first national title in franchise history. The game will be the eighth between Prince George and Brooks in just over three weeks, including the six-game Doyle Cup series (won 4-2 by the Spruce Kings) and the Bandits’ 3-1 prelim win Thursday. Dylan Anhorn chipped in with a pair of assists for the Spruce Kings, who needed far less time to win this semifinal than they did their first – Prince George downed the Camrose Kodiaks in five overtimes in 2007 in the longest game in tournament history. Goaltending was the story through the first half of the game; Neaton and Oakville counterpart Will Barber went save for save for almost 36 minutes, although Barber was the busier of the two – he turned aside 24 shots in the first two periods, while Neaton stopped 14. Poisson finally broke through 16 minutes into the middle frame, grabbing a loose puck after a missed pokecheck by Barber and sweeping a backhand into an open net. Kyle Lewis answered just 63 seconds later, finishing a pretty set-up from Harrison Israels, but Brar needed only 42 seconds to drive to the net off the left wing and tuck the game-winner around Barber. The Blades controlled the third period, outshooting Prince George 18-6, but Neaton – who was named Top Goaltender on Friday – was there time and time again to backstop the Spruce Kings to the final. The best chance for the Central Region champions came on a five-minute power play early in the final stanza, but Prince George held its ground and maintained its one-goal advantage. The busy final 20 minutes helped Oakville finish with a narrow 33-32 edge in shots on goal.
Visiting Team: Oakville Blades
Home Team: Prince George Spruce Kings
OAKVILLE BLADES LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Barber, Will
G35  Elliot, Chris
  Aromatario, Nicholas
  Lewis, Kyle
  Amaral, Tyler
  Pyke, Garrett
 10  Nixon, Josh
 15  Ricketts, Jack
 17  Jones, Callum
 18  Girhiny, Christian
 19  McDermott, Alton
 20  Doggett, Holden
 21  Israels, Harrison
 25  O'Hara, Ryan
 26  Maia, Thomas
 28  Reeves, Peyton
 55  Nicholson, Ryan
 72  Lyons, Jack
 77  Kersten, Spencer
 92  Potts, Kyle
OAKVILLE BLADES PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
1st2:00 Boarding 17:471 
2nd15 2:00 Cross-Checking 14:491 
3rd17 2:00 Interference 13:381 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G Neaton, Logan
G35  Rancier, Keenan
  Ahac, Layton
  Anhorn, Dylan
  Keranen, Jay
  Manz, Dustin
 10  Cunningham, Corey
 11  Cozzi, Patrick
 12  Poisson, Ben
 15  Coyle, Max
 17  Welsh, Nolan
 18  Brar, Ben
 19  Min Lee, Chong
 21  Bochen, Nick
 22  Williams, Finlay
 23  MacDonald, Craig
 24  Poisson, Nick
 25  Donaldson, Sean
 26  Watson-Brawn, Liam
 38  Vanroboys, Lucas
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
3rd12 5:00 Kneeing 3:501 
3rd12 10:00 Game Misconduct 3:50  
3rd24 2:00 High-Sticking 14:151 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
OAKVILLE BLADES Goals OAKVILLE BLADES PLAYERS (plus) PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
2nd17:02  7-21            
                
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS Goals PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS PLAYERS (plus) OAKVILLE BLADES PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
2nd15:59 PP 24-4            
2nd17:44  18-9-4            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
OAKVILLE BLADES 0 / 2
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS 1 / 3
PENALTY SUMMARY
OAKVILLE BLADES 6 min / 3 inf
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS 17 min / 3 inf
POINT SUMMARY
OAKVILLE BLADES 1 G + 1 A = 2 Pts
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS 2 G + 3 A = 5 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
OAKVILLE BLADES0101
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS0202
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
OAK - Barber (58:20) (L)915630/0:003rd/18:20
PG - Neaton (60:00) (W)681832/0:003rd/20:00
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 7:08 PM
  -  End: 9:23 PM
  -  Attendance:  
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


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