Sunday, October 22, 2017
Calgary, AB - For the first time since 2012, and the second time overall, British Columbia has won the WHL Cup (formerly Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup) after a 4-3 overtime victory over Alberta. Ben King (Vernon) scored the gold medal goal for BC in the extra frame.
It was the second straight gold medal game that went to overtime featuring Team BC and Team Alberta.
Alberta scored the only goal in the first period on a tally by Kaiden Guhle. The Wild Rose province would make it 2-0, as Connor McLennon scored at 12:51 of the second period. Team BC would come back with a pair of goals to end the period as Justin Sourdif (Surrey) and Tyson Phare (Maple Ridge) would get BC even at two (2) goals a-piece after 40 minutes of play.
Team BC would take their first lead of the game on a Ryan Watson (Delta) goal early in the third period. Alberta’s Connor McClennon would get his team even with his second goal of the game with under two (2) minutes to go in regulation.
Ben King would win it for BC only 2:37 into overtime bringing the gold medal back to British Columbia for the first time since 2012. Only BC and Alberta have won this event which started in 2009. (No tournament held in Canada Winter Games years).
Manitoba defeated Saskatchewan in the bronze medal game earlier in the day.
Team BC rallied back from a rough start to the tournament after dropping their first two (2) games of the WHL Cup. They lost 3-2 in a shootout to Manitoba and were beaten 6-2 by Alberta before a 6-0 win over Saskatchewan to finish the round-robin at 1-1-0-1. BC continued their hot play in their semifinal game with a 7-0 victory over Saskatchewan.
Team BC Roster
Team BC history at the WHL Cup (Male U16)
2009 – Fourth (Blackfalds, AB)
2011 – Bronze (Moose Jaw, SK)
2012 – Gold (Calgary, AB)
2013 – Silver (Calgary, AB)
2015 – Bronze (Calgary, AB)
2016 – Silver (Calgary, AB)
2017 – Gold (Calgary, AB)
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