Game Report 2426 National Jr A Championship
PLAYED AT: Centennial Regional Arena
Date: May 19, 2019
GAME NOTES: BANDITS EDGE SPRUCE KINGS, WIN SECOND NATIONAL TITLE JASON LA ROSE BROOKS, Alta. – Simon Boyko opened and closed the scoring for the Brooks Bandits, and the hosts rode a three-goal first period to a 4-3 win over the Prince George Spruce Kings on Sunday and a second title at Canada’s National Junior A Championship. The victory comes six years to the day the Bandits first hoisted the trophy; they dashed the dreams of the hosts that day, beating the Summerside Western Capitals 3-1 in the 2013 final. Boyko, who went without a point in the preliminary round, came up big for the second day in a row; he had a goal and an assist in a semifinal win over the Ottawa Jr. Senators on Saturday afternoon. Just as he did against the Jr. Senators, Boyko opened the scoring early. Stepping out from behind the net, Boyko battled a backhand past Logan Neaton to get the standing-room-only crowd at the Centennial Regional Arena going just 93 seconds in. William Lemay doubled the advantage six minutes later, hammering a one-timer past a screened Neaton, and captain Nathan Plessis – one of three Bandits who played in the national final in 2017, when Brooks gave up a late lead and lost to the host Cobourg Cougars in overtime – knocked in a rebound at 13:20 to make it 3-0. The Bandits dominated the first period, outshooting the Spruce Kings 16-5. Prince George got on the board on the power play early in the second period when Patrick Cozzi swept a loose puck in front past a diving Pierce Charleson, but Boyko restored the three-goal advantage before the end of the middle frame, stopping up at the face-off dot and wiring a wrist shot over the glove of Neaton. The fans at the CRA were ready to begin the coronation as the third period began, but the Spruce Kings had other ideas. The Pacific Region champions – who beat the Bandits in six games in the Doyle Cup to win the regional title – outshot Brooks 14-5 in the final 20 minutes, and got within one when Nick Poisson banged a rebound off the post and behind Charleson to make it 4-2 with 9:34 left. Neaton went to the bench with three minutes to go, and a swarming Spruce Kings offence produced a third goal off the stick of Nolan Welsh, who tipped in a shot from Dylan Anhorn with 44.8 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to one. But there would be no equalizer, and the party was on as the clock struck zeroes. Brooks is the fourth host team in the last five years to win the national title, joining the Portage Terriers (2015), Cobourg Cougars (2017) and Chilliwack Chiefs (2018). The 2020 National Junior A Championship will be played May 9-17 at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie, Man., with the Terriers, who were West Region representatives in Brooks, set to host.
Visiting Team: Prince George Spruce Kings
Home Team: Brooks Bandits
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
1st2:00 Hooking 18:201 
2nd11 2:00 Holding 8:501 
2nd18 5:00 Checking from Behind 16:461 
2nd18 10:00 Game Misconduct 16:46  
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
BROOKS BANDITS LINEUP
Pos No.   Name
G30  Charleson, Pierce
G31  Marshall, Tanner
  Wolski, Carter
  Hale, Nick
  Lemay, William
  Scanlin, Brandon
  Boyko, Simon
  Bast, Luke
  Gravel, Simon
 10  Vachon, Arnaud
 11  Plessis, Nathan
 13  Lucas, Andrew
 14  Mahshie, Ryan
 15  Christy, Ray
 16  Campbell, Tyler
 18  Lee, Jakob
 19  Theis, Jake
 20  Hernández, Randy
 22  Hancock, Mack
 25  Ceulemans, Corson
BROOKS BANDITS PENALTIES
Per. No.  Min  Offence Off PP PS Start On
2nd14 2:00 Tripping 1:221 
2nd15 2:00 Hooking 9:131 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS Goals PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS PLAYERS (plus) BROOKS BANDITS PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
2nd2:22 PP 11-21-15            
3rd10:26  24-12-19            
3rd19:15  17-4            
                
BROOKS BANDITS Goals BROOKS BANDITS PLAYERS (plus) PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS PLAYERS (minus)
Per. Time    G-As1-As2    
1st1:33  7-18-8            
1st7:36  4-20            
1st13:20  11-3-22            
2nd16:13  7-3-25            
POWER PLAY OPPORTUNITIES
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS 1 / 2
BROOKS BANDITS 0 / 3
PENALTY SUMMARY
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS 19 min / 4 inf
BROOKS BANDITS 4 min / 2 inf
POINT SUMMARY
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS 3 G + 5 A = 8 Pts
BROOKS BANDITS 4 G + 7 A = 11 Pts
SCORING 1 2 3 Total
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS0123
BROOKS BANDITS3104
GOALTENDER/SAVES (Time) 1 2 3 Tot. On Off
PG - Neaton (56:55) (L)137525/0:003rd/16:55
PG - Neaton (0:45) (L)0000/19:153rd/20:00
BRO - Charleson (60:00) (W)591226/0:003rd/20:00
Stars of the Game TIME OF GAME:
  -  Start: 3:09 PM
  -  End:
  -  Attendance:  
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CERTIFIED CORRECT
 


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