Friday, April 15, 2016

Former Viper Povelofskie-Wranglers Win Cyclone Taylor Cup:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Povelofskie helped the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) 100 Mile House Wranglers win the Cyclone Taylor Cup Sunday.

Povelofskie and the Wranglers finished 3-1 defeated the host Victoria Cougars 5-4 in the final. Povelofskie picked up two assists, set up the winning goal by Ryan Friesen on a powerplay with 55 seconds left in regulation time, now advance to the Keystone Cup April 14-17 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Championship Game Boxscore,

Povelofskie in his first season with the Wranglers come out of retirement to join-sign with the Wranglers in September. In 32 games with the Wranglers Povelofskie picked up (15-goals-16-assists-31-points). Povelofskie played last season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs before announcing his retirement on June 18th 2015 to pursue a post-secondary opportunity.  In 26 games with the Bulldogs last year Povelofskie picked up (6-goals-9-assists-15-points). 

Povelofskie played one season in Vernon (2013-14) was traded to Alberni Valley on May 22nd 2014.  Povelofskie was the future considerations the Vipers owed the Bulldogs from a previous trade.  On October 1st 2013 the Vipers sent Craig Martin & future considerations (Tyler Povelofskie) to Alberni Valley for Jared Wilson.  In 53 games with the Vipers Povelofskie collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points).      

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This was in the Times Colonist Newspaper:

Cougars stunned as wild finish gives Wranglers Cyclone Taylor Cup title

Mario Annicchiarico  / Times Colonist

April 11, 2016

It wasn’t the way Mark Van Helvoirt envisioned it.

The Victoria Cougars’ head coach pictured memories of joy and excitement after Sunday’s final of the 2016 Cyclone Taylor Cup.

Instead he shared in an all too familiar scene of tears shed for the third time in five years, finishing as a runner-up in the provincial Junior B hockey championship.

This one came on a power-play goal by Ryan Friesen with just 54.3 seconds to go in a 5-4 loss to the 100 Mile House Wranglers at Archie Browning Sports Centre.

That it came in the home arena of the Cougars, after three wins over the three previous days of the round-robin tournament, was that much more difficult to take.

“It’s disappointing. At this point, we’re trying to digest everything,” said the beleaguered coach, who also lost the 2012 CTC final in double overtime to Abbotsford and 2013 championship, 4-1 to Richmond. “There was a funny conclusion to the game. It was an excellent game, very well played by both teams.”

And not funny, as in ha ha.

Having battled back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 4-3 lead, the Cougars gave up the tying goal at 14:02 as Brett Harris took advantage of a defensive giveaway. Victoria appeared to record the 5-4 goal late, but it was called off as Jordan Passmore was called for a hit to the head prior to the play.

That gave the Wranglers the late power play and they cashed.

“It’s the bounces of the game, we got the lead and settled in to hopefully shut down the last few minutes,” said Van Helvoirt. “It was a bit of a funny bounce, the defenceman lost the puck behind the play — a one in a million kind of situation — and the next thing you know it’s a tie game.

“Then we score a goal, get a penalty and disallowed goal and a wild finish. Unfortunately, it’s a tough result — a great hockey game, but tough result for our organization,” he added.

The Wranglers, meanwhile, celebrated on the ice, led by goalie Zane Steeves, who was named tournament MVP. It was Friesen who played hero, though, taking a pass from Harris and beating helpless Cougars’ goalie Gregory Maggio for the winner.

“It’s one I will never forget,” Friesen said of the finish. “I was thinking we only had one chance to get a goal before the end of the third period and we needed to take advantage of every opportunity.”

Harris had a pair of goals and two assists for the Wranglers, while Nick McCabe and Justin Bond had the other tallies. Steeves made 28 saves for 100 Mile House.

Dom Kolbeins (with his second of the game), Passmore and captain John Kretzschmar then secured the Cougars’ lead with goals at 1:33, 5:28 and 12:34 as momentum swung. Then the cruel finish shocked the local fans.

Wranglers head coach Dale Hladun, who has ties to the area, said his team just never gave up.

“We’ve always preached it, if it’s not the hard way, it’s not the Wrangler way. When they tied it up, that’s what I said. I told them, this is our wheel house, this is how we do it,” Hladun said. “They’ve been in this situation, you wouldn’t believe how many times.

“I couldn’t be a calmer coach than when we’re down by one with these guys,” added Hladun, who was an assistant with the Cowichan Valley Capitals of the B.C. Hockey League in 1996 and coached the Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the VIJHL as well.

“We’re only three years old. You see our fans here and our fans at home. The rink [at 100 Mile House] is full right now and they’re watching it on a big screen and in the pub.”

And they now move on to Regina for the Keystone Cup beginning Thursday.

“It’s a neat little melting pot and now I’m stuck with them for another three days and no one has clean underwear and we’re going all the way to Regina,” Hladun said, with a grin.

Campbell River doubled the Mission City Outlaws 8-4 for bronze.

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