Hockey May 13, 2018


Overtime was the theme of the day as the puck dropped Saturday at the 2018
RBC Cup – the Ottawa Jr. Senators and Wenatchee Wild both worked extra time
to earn identical opening-day wins.


OTTAWA JR. SENATORS 2, WELLINGTON DUKES 1 (OT)

Finn Evans tipped in a Zachary Salloum wrist shot just 61 seconds into
overtime, giving the Jr. Senators a come-from-behind win over the Dukes in
the curtain-raiser Saturday afternoon at the Prospera Centre.

The game was a battle of Ontario, with the champions of the Ontario Junior
Hockey League and Central Canada Hockey League facing off. The win by
Ottawa means the CCHL has won five of the last six meetings, although the
OJHL still holds a 6-5 edge overall.

“I thought we came out hard. Our power play wasn’t great, which is usually
not the case for us. We have to adjust to the ice surface as it’s a little
soft right now because of the heat outside. We’re going to have to keep it
simple. It will be a completely different game but it’s the same for both
teams, so we just have to adjust.”
— Martin Dagenais, head coach, Ottawa Jr. Senators


WENATCHEE WILD 2, CHILLIWACK CHIEFS 1 (OT)

A.J. Vanderbeck tied the game midway through the third period and Lucas
Sowder went end-to-end for the winner just 18 seconds into overtime, giving
the Wild a comeback win over the host Chiefs to finish the opening day of
play Saturday night.

The game was the fifth all-BCHL match-up at Canada’s National Junior A
Championship since 1990, and the first since the Vernon Vipers edged the
Victoria Grizzlies 5-4 in overtime in 2009.

“With four-on-four hockey, there’s a lot more space to make plays and use
your speed. I was just trying to get the puck to the net on the first shift
and it worked out for me.”
— Lucas Sowder, Wenatchee Wild

STANDINGS
Wenatchee Wild 0-1-0-0 | 2GF 1GA | 2 points
Ottawa Jr. Senators 0-1-0-0 | 2GF 1GA | 2 points
Chilliwack Chiefs 0-0-1-0 | 1GF 2GA | 1 point
Wellington Dukes 0-0-1-0 | 1GF 2GA | 1 point
Steinbach Pistons 0-0-0-0 | 0GF 0GA | 0 points

LEADING SCORERS
Finn Evans (Ottawa) 1G 1A 2P
Slava Demin (Wenatchee) 0G 2A 2P
Élie Boulerice (Ottawa) 1G 0A 1P
Frank Pucci (Wellington) 1G 0A 1P
Lucas Sowder (Wenatchee) 1G 0A 1P
Jared Turcotte (Chilliwack) 1G 0A 1P
A.J. Vanderbeck (Wenatchee) 1G 0A 1P

LEADING GOALTENDERS
Connor Hicks (Ottawa) 1-0 / 0.98 GAA / .952 SV%
Austin Park (Wenatchee) 1-0 / 1.00 GAA / .947 SV%
Jonah Capriotti (Wellington) 0-1 / 1.97 GAA / .923 SV%
Daniel Chenard (Chilliwack) 0-1 / 1.99 GAA / .941 SV%

STAR OF THE DAY
Daniel Chenard – Chilliwack Chiefs

NEXT GAMES
Steinbach Pistons vs. Wenatchee Wild (2 p.m. PT) –

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Chilliwack Chiefs vs. Ottawa Jr. Senators (7 p.m. PT) –

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