Sunday, May 18, 2014

Royal Bank Cup Final: Yorkton 4 Carleton Place 3 (Overtime)

For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s RBC Cup Final game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's RBC Cup Final game as Yorkton defeated Carleton Place 4-3 in overtime at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Yorkton: Kale Thomson
Carleton Place: Guillaume Therien

1st Period: A pretty evenly matched period with not alot of scoring chances and very little hitting-intensity coming from both sides.  Anthony McVeigh opened the scoring giving Carleton Place a 1-0 lead at 9:26 But just six minutes later the Terriers would tie the game on a lucky goal.  Daylan Gatzke at 15:07 evened the score.  The Canadians outshot the Terriers 10-7.

2nd Period: Carleton Place took an early lead into the middle frame, Stephen Baylis at 4:12 gave the Canadians a 2-1 lead and just over six minutes later Andy Sturtz put Carleton Place up 3-1 at 10:34 Guillaume Therien was the busier of the goaltenders made some big saves keeping the Terriers off the board.  Again very little hitting and not alot of scoring chances.  Yorkton outshot Carleton Place 12-9.

3rd Period: Down two goals I the Terriers carried an edge in play at times and had the better of the chances.  Tha Canadians seemed to be sitting back at times and when with the puck in the offensive zone played more of a dump and chase style of game.  The Terriers with some late pressure would score twice in eight seconds to tie the game at two sending the Championship game to overtime.  Yorkton outshot Carleton Place 17-12.

Overtime:  Yorkton got off to a good start and really carried most of the play, getting some good opportunities.  The Terriers would get a powerplay but struggled after a huge penalty kill by the Canadians.  Carleton Place just couldnt seem to generate alot of pressure and was having troubles with the Terriers aggresive forecheck.  Derek Falloon down low would end the 2014 RBC Cup with the OT Winner giving the Terriers a 4-3 win at 15:01 Yorkton outshot Carleton Place 10-4.

Top Players: (Yorkton)

Chase Norrish again saw alot of minutes, played alot and was one of the better players playing today.  A very good defenceman.  Has played very well and looked strong all Tournament.

Brady Norrish another Yorkton d-man that saw lots of ice, really moves the puck well, sees the ice and jumps up into the play.  Has really played well and like his brother looked good most of the RBC Cup.

Derek Falloon (1 goal) Played a hard game, skates hard, not the biggest kid but battles and competes hard.

Brett Boehm (1 assist) Has played very well for the Terriers at Royal Bank Cup and had another strong game tonight.

Joshua Ellis was banging and crashing, played hard and competed all game.  One of the hardest working kids on the team, really goes all out every shift.

Kale Thomson (31 saves) Played well this evening, didnt have alot of action but made the saves when called apon.

Game Thought's: (Yorkton)

I didnt think the Terriers looked that great or played that well when the RBC Cup started last weekend but give this team credit, they got better as the Tournament went along, had some lucky breaks and bounces along the way and played very well in the last few games come away with their first ever National Championship.  One thing I really noticed about the Yorkton Terriers is they move the puck well, a hard working team with a strong and aggresive forecheck.  They dont quit and played hard all game.  Not very physical but play hard.  With just a few minutes left in the game I didnt think the Terriers were going to tie the game yet alone win the game.  Give these kids credit, they didnt give up and battled hard all night.  A very entertaining game with a great finish. 

Top Players: (Carleton Place)

Andy Sturtz (1 goal & 1 assist) Played very well over the weekend.  I didnt really see much in this kid through out the week but really elevated his play and game in the semi-final and then tonight's final.  Very quick-good skater, quick but yet soft hands is dangerous with the puck.

Luke Edwards (1 assist) I thought played very well all week for the Canadians.

Brett D'Andrea another player that played well and was good all Tournament.

Anthony McVeigh (1 goal) also played very well this week and was strong tonight.

Kelly Summers looked good, played well all game.

Guillaume Therien (42 saves) Kept the Canadians in tonight's contest at times was very good.  Dosnt give out alot of rebounds, good puck control. 

Game Thought's: (Carleton Place)

I thought most of the game was fairly even for the most parts but the Terriers did come on and carried the edge in play at times in the 3rd.  With not alot of great quality scoring chances through out the game for both teams Yorkton would tie the game with two quick goals late in the 3rd eight seconds apart.  You have to wonder how Carleton Place is less then three minutes away from their first RBC Cup loses in a heartbreaker in overtime.  The Candians were the biggest team at the Tournament really didnt use their weight in basically a non hitting afair.  Carleton Place just couldnt get much going offensively in overtime, a huge penalty kill and yet the Canadians had troubles in their own end.  You could just sence that the Terriers were going to eventually get the game winner.  Carleton Place is big but pretty slow moving the puck and clearing the zone.  I thought other then the Viper games the other games were all basically non-hitters.  This was a pretty quick game but not the same intensity-physical play compared to watching a BCHL game.  I found most of the RBC Cup games to be basically all the same other then the Viper games.  Great to see one of the bigger crowds at the Tournament tonight!  A ton of Yorkton fans in attendance! 



Sam Stormoen
Braden Lozinski
Zach Zadorozniak
Corwin Steevely
Cortlan Procter
Matthew Cox

Carleton Place:

Landon Gareau
Connor Merkley
Tyson Stewart
Brett Everson
Vinny Post
Andrew Dodson

Players of the Game:

Yorkton: Derek Falloon (1 goal)
Carleton Place: Andy Sturtz (1 goal & 1 assist)

For more on tonight's game visit Hockey Canada's website,

For more on tonight's game and the Yorkton Terriers visit Benny Walchuks Terriers blog,

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