EDMONTON, AB-After months of preparation the 2016 version of the Brick team were about to see live bullets for the first time. They had the second game of the tournament and a 9:10 AM tilt with powerhouse Toronto Pro Hockey.
Monday, July 4
Pro Hockey-3 (OT)
The B’s got a brilliant performance from goalie Keagin Wilson who turned made 25 saves with a half dozen being game saving stops. The B’s got off to a great start taking a 2-0 lead on a Teddy Stiga power play goal set up by Coen Miller. Just minutes later Jack Sadowski toe tucked a Pro Hockey defender and then snapped one top shelf far side to give the B’s and 2-0 lead and total command of the game.
The Brick tournament is all about momentum and PH came storming back capitalizing on some sloppy play by the B’s and took momentum back i a big way scoring three straight goals in just three minutes and forty four seconds.
The B’s finally got settled and started to chip away at the momentum and get back into the game. In the second period Teddy MacAusland finished off a nice Miller pass to pull the B’s even. They would head into the intermission tied at 3-3 with the third period to decide a winner.
Turns out more than the third period was needed as Wilson made 11 third period saves to keep PH off the board and force overtime.
In the waning seconds of overtime, played 3v3, Jack Galanek picked up the puck on the right wing wall and skated up ice and into the PH zone. He took the puck to the net hard cutting from right to left and fired a shot on net. The PH made the save but Galanek stayed with the puck, collected his own rebound and fired a second shot, from a tight angle, that found the back of the net and sent the players spilling onto the ice in celebration.
Winnipeg Jr. jets-3
EDMONTON, AB-Day two at the Brick matched the B’s with the boys from Manitoba. The black and gold got off to a good start when Teddy Stiga finished off a Coen Miller feed to give them a 1-0 lead early in the third. it would stay that way till Clarke Caswell tied the game late in the first period.
Like Monday, after taking an early lead, the B’s gave that lead up off the opening face-off of the second period. It was Caswell again, who took the opening draw, beat both defensemen and went in alone on a breakaway and beat goalie Ryder Shea to give the Jets a 2-1 lead. The B’s settled down, got back to work and headed into the dressing rooms down 2-1.
As has been the case most of the year, the 06’s turned in their best period in the third. They pumped 14 shots on net, and gave up just 5 in the final 15 minutes. It wasn’t until they were inside of five minutes left in the game when Owen Keefe moved the puck from the left point to his ‘D’ partner on the right point, Aiden Colleary, who put the puck on net and Cam Cooke tipped the puck on the way and tied the game. On the ensuing face-off, and for the second time in the game, Caswell took the puck down the left wing this time, put the puck on net and gave Winnipeg the lead once again in back-breaking fashion. The B’s continued to fight and had a couple of good chances to tie the game and force overtime but it was not to be.
“Tough loss, but this team has proved to be resilient over the course of the season,” coach Chris Masters commented following the game. “It is tough to win at the Brick and you can’t take a shift off. We took a couple of shifts off and it cost us today. We will be better tomorrow, will need to make more plays and do a better job finishing.”
Wednesday is a Border Battle as the Connecticut Jr. Rangers are next on the schedule.
Wednesday, July 6
CT. Jr. Rangers-2
EDMONTON, AB-It was, in essence, a "must win" game for the Brick team as they took on thier neighbors to the south, CJR. In the teams priortwo games, the B's struck first and played with a lead. Today, it was CJR who struck first when James Hagens scored an unassisted goaljust 2:21 into the opening frame. Just :34 later it was Owen Keefe who ripped a shot from the blue line that found the top corner of the net to tie the game.
The B's, who out shot CJR 10-2 in the first period, took the lead when Cam Cooke finished off a Kyle O'Leary feed to take a 2-1 lead.
The lead was stretched to 3-1 when Jack Sadowski redirected a pass from Cooke just under two minutes into the second period. Aiden Colleary started the play with a great play in the defesive zone finding Cooke up the left wing. The Bruins took three straight penalties and it was on one of those man down situations that CJR pulled to within one when they scored halfway through the second period. The Brick team continued to pressure CJR and Coen Miller, showing great poise, picked up a loose puck to the righ of the CJR net and walked behind the net, found defensemen Cole Dickson open in the high slot. Dickson made no mistake and ripped one on net that put the Bruins up 4-2 heading into the intermission.
The team played thier best period of the game in the third, putting 15 shots on net while only allowing 5 against. Sadowski (from Cole Eiserman and Cooke) and Jackson Delleo scored to build the lead to 6-2. Sadowski tipped home a power play marker while Delleo ripped one from the right wing on a rush.
"This was as strong a game as I can remember all season," coach Chris Masters commented. "We played angry...played tough all game and played with an edge. An edge that was missing in our game with Winnipeg. If we can continue to play with that "edge" it puts us in a position to win games."
The team is back in control of thier own destiny, but, due to the other results from their division, they need three point wins to ensure they control their own destiny. They will look to pick up another three points when the take on the Montreal Ice Storm on Thursday.
Thursday, July 7
Montreal Ice Storm-1
EDMONTON, AB-If the B's played a tough, hard nosed game on Wednesday agaisnt CJR, they decided to use that same formula on Thursday against the Quebecers. Same formula, same result. The B's were physical, played tough, won puck battles and used the third period to put an exclamation point on their effort.
While the B's didnt generate much offense in the first period only coming up with a few hots on net it was Cole Eiserman who got the B's on the board when he banged home his first goal of the day. The lone goal of the game the B's yielded was a power play goal that deflected off a Bruins player and beat Keagin Wilson who made severa big stos while the game was still tight.
The black and gold got the lead back when Will Skahan ripped one from the blue line and the lead was stretched to two when Eiserman scored his second of the game. They went into the locker rooms with a 3-1 lead.
Like Wednesday, when the B's scored four third period goals and put the game out of reach, they did the same today. The score went to 4-1 when Jack Sadowski, who had a four point game, found the back of the net. Just one minute later it was Eiserman with his third of the game to put the game completly out of reach. Cam Cooke finished the scoring less than two minutes later making it 6-1.
"When we play a "heavy" game and use our speed we are tough to beat. Can't say we will win every game we play but I think we will be tough to beat when we play this tough and play with this level of competitive intensity," Coach Masters commented. "The loss to Winnipeg stung and the players have done a great job responsding to that loss and coming back with two of their best games of the season. We have a tall task on Friday but you want to be in a position to control your own destiny at this tournament and that is where we find ourselves heading into the last day of round robin. It's up to us, it's a great position to be in."