Sunday, May 3, 2009
The third day of the Male U17 BC Cup got underway this morning with four (4) games on the schedule. The Male U17 BC Cup is being held in Salmon Arm at the Sunwave Centre from April 29 – May 3. Of the top 120 player U17 players in BC, 46 will be selected to attend the Male Provincial Development Camp. A
for the event can be viewed on the BC Hockey website under the Female U18 section.
The first game of the day had Team Canucks taking on Team Thrashers. The Canucks came out flying and scored two (2) goals in the first period. The goal scorers for the Canucks were Brock Balson (Kamloops, BC) and Troy Petrick (Nelson, BC). Before the period was over the Thrashers responded with a goal by Connor Sanvido (Maple Ridge, BC). Late in the second period the Thrashers tied the game at two (2) with a goal by Mark Barden (Surrey, BC). The Canucks came out determined in the third period and scored two (2) goals in the first seven (7) minutes of play in the period. Tyler Wootherspoon (Surrey, BC) scored the first and Devon Allenby (Chilliwack, BC) with the second. The Thrasher’s Bradley Parker (Chilliwack, BC) added one (1) late, but it was not enough, the Canucks won the game 4-3.
The second game of the day pitted Team Flyers against Team Leafs. Early in the first period the referees awarded a penalty shot to the Leafs and Brandon Formosa (Mission, BC) capitalized for his team giving the Leafs the early 1-0 lead. Early in the second period the Leafs added to their lead with a marker by Jessie Siemens (Richmond, BC). The Flyers battled back in the second half of the period scoring two (2) goals to tie the game. Justin Georgeson (Maple Ridge, BC) scored the first and Lee Orpen (Nanaimo, BC) with the second. Two (2) minutes into the third period the Flyer’s Marcus Basara (Coquitlam, BC) scored to give his team the 3-2 lead. This was answered by the Leafs three (3) minutes later with a goal by Jared Crossan (Prince George, BC). The game remained tied, so overtime was required. Overtime settled nothing, so the game went to a shoot out. The Leafs scored on their first three (3) shots giving them the win. Myles Fitzgerald (Port Alberni, BC) scored the shootout winning goal.
The third game of the day had Team Canucks taking on Team Bruins with the winner advancing to the gold medal game. The Canucks started the game strong scoring two (2) goals in the first period. Arthur Andrews (Castlegar, BC) scored the first goal and Devon Allenby (Chilliwack, BC) with the second. The Canucks continued the momentum into the second period with two (2) goals in the first four (4) minutes of play. Goals were scored by Troy Petrick (Nelson, BC) and Brock Balson (Kamloops, BC). The Canucks goaltender Laurent Brossoit (Surrey, BC) shut the door the rest of the game and picked up the 4-0 shut out win.
The fourth and final game of the day had Team Stars taking on Team Leafs with the winner advancing to the gold medal game. After a back and forth first period the Stars were first on the board with a late marker by Tyson Weir (Sparwood, BC). The Leafs came out strong in the second period and were rewarded with a goal by Tyson McCallum (Dawson Creek, BC). The Star’s Weir answered to restore the lead for his team, but the Leaf’s McCallum scored his second to tie the game at two (2). Before the period was over the Stars restored the one (1) goal lead with a marker by Brendan Persley (Kelowna, BC). The teams came out strong in the third period exchanging goals four (4) minutes into the period. Cain Franson (Sicamous, BC) scored for the Canucks and Jared Dirk (Penticton, BC) for the Leafs. The Leafs dominated the last 10 minutes of the game scoring three (3) unanswered goals to win the crucial game, 6-4. Goal scorers for the Leafs were Brandon Formosa (Mission, BC), Brendon Mangone (Fernie, BC) and McCallum with his third goal of the game.
The BC Hockey Male Under 17 High Performance Program is an introduction to International High Performance Hockey which involves a series of short term camps and competitions just as our national teams are exposed to it at a higher level. In addition, the Under 17 program is a pre-cursor to the well-established Hockey Canada Program of Excellence, consisting Canada’s Under 18, World Junior and Men’s National Teams.
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