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2017 Telus Cup, Day 1: East Jumps to Early Lead

By Steve Seto on April 25, 2017

(Matthew Murnaghan/Hockey Canada Images)


Cape Breton West Islanders (Atlantic) – 2
Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François (Quebec) – 1

Mississauga Rebels (Central) – 5
Regina Pat Canadians (West) – 2

Cariboo Cougars (Host) – 1
Leduc Oil Kings (Pacific) – 4

The 2017 Telus Cup kicked off with the eastern teams taking an early advantage after Day 1 action. The teams from out east didn’t have any trouble adjusting to the time change as this year’s tournament is out west in Prince George. 

The Cape Breton West Islanders and Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François started a back and forth affair up until the second period when Jacob Stewart capitalized on the power play a minute into the frame. The Blizzard weren’t able to come back even though they were given four power plays to work with in the final two periods. 

Then it was the Mississauga Rebels’ turn to make a statement against the Regina Pat Canadians. Both teams came out guns blazing with three goals in the first period when Regina’s Lukas Sillinger opened up the scoring, but the Rebels soon answered with goals from Elijah Gonslaves and Michael Hill. 

After a silent second period, the third began with a frenzy. So if you hit the concession or washroom you may have missed the pivotal turning point of the game. Rebels defenceman Eric Mergelas opened the third with a goal three minutes into the period only to be responded by Harrison Blaisdell of the Pat Canadians less than a minute later. That wasn’t the end of it as Liam Mroueh and Ryan Madigan of the Rebels capped off the scoring 30 seconds and a minute after Blaisdell’s marker. 

The Pat Canadians couldn’t find the back of the net on four power plays in the third and lost their opening game of the tournament. 

In the final game of the day, the host Cariboo Cougars couldn’t claw back from an early two-goal deficit against the Leduc Oil Kings. Forwards Colby Wolter and Brendan Morrow of the Oil Kings finished the first with a goal each to give Leduc a lead they held onto for the rest of the game. Trey Thomas was able to cut the Oil Kings’ lead in half in the second, but the Cougars couldn’t score on special teams in the third. Breydon Berthold and Dillon Hamaliuk put the game out of reach in the third to secure an opening day win for Leduc. 

Day 3 will have the Rebels take on the Blizzard in the first game, with the Rebels hoping to build off the momentum of their opening day win to break away in the standings. The Oil Kings will look to keep the offence rolling as they face-off against the Islanders. In the final game of the day, either the host Cougars or the Pat Canadians will get their first tournament win in an all-west matchup. 

Current Standings:
Leduc (Pacific) 1-0-0
Mississauga (Central) 1-0-0
Cape Breton (Atlantic) 1-0-0
du Séminaire Saint-François (Quebec) 0-1-0
Regina (West) 0-1-0
Cariboo (Host) 0-1-0

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By Steve Seto| April 25, 2017
Categories:  Minor Hockey|Events

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