The Wenatchee Wild used a shootout to earn a semifinal berth, while the
Chilliwack Chiefs assured themselves of a Saturday spot of their own with a
shut out win Tuesday at the 2018 RBC Cup.
WENATCHEE WILD 3, OTTAWA JR. SENATORS 2 (SO)
Matt Dorsey scored in regulation time and before adding the winner in Round
5 of the shootout to give the Wild an extra-time victory over the Jr.
Senators on Tuesday afternoon, helping the Pacific Region champions stay
unbeaten and earn a spot in the semifinals.
It was just the second shootout in the history of Canada’s National Junior
A Championship – the West Kelowna Warriors edged the Trenton Golden Hawks
4-3 at the 2016 tournament in Lloydminster, Alta.
“Throughout the playoffs we had games like that where it was just tough,
tight games. This team has great character; we never give up no matter what
the score is. We’re always going to the very last minute and if you beat
us, then so be it, because you beat our best effort. This team just battles
— Austin Park, Wenatchee Wild
CHILLIWACK CHIEFS 2, WELLINGTON DUKES 0
Daniel Chenard was terrific in a 26-save performance, including 12 saves in
a busy third period, backstopping the Chiefs to a win over the Dukes on
Tuesday night and a berth in the semifinals.
Will Calverley and Corey Andonovski scored the goals for the Chiefs, who
have earned points in all three games (overtime loss, overtime win,
regulation win). It is the 15th consecutive year the host team has
qualified for the weekend; the last to miss out on the semifinals was
Charlottetown in 2003.
“As far as our game plan, not a lot has changed. Obviously with [nine]
weeks off you get a little rust on your stick. We’re getting past that
point now, we’re coming out of our zone a lot cleaner, and I think that’s
helped a lot. We’re all really excited. We still have a game against
Steinbach, and we want to win that so we can be the highest seed we can be.
Everyone is feeling really good right now.”
— Harrison Blaisdell, Chilliwack Chiefs
Wenatchee Wild 1-2-0-0 | 9GF 6GA | 7 points
Chilliwack Chiefs 1-1-1-0 | 7GF 5GA | 6 points
Ottawa Jr. Senators 0-1-2-0 | 7GF 8GA | 4 points
Wellington Dukes 0-1-1-1 | 4GF 6GA | 3 points
Steinbach Pistons 0-0-1-1 | 5GF 7GA | 1 point
Jasper Weatherby (Wenatchee) 3G 3A 6P
Will Calverley (Chilliwack) 5G 0A 5P
A.J. Vanderbeck (Wenatchee) 2G 3A 5P
Finn Evans (Ottawa) 2G 2A 4P
Nick Lalonde (Ottawa) 1G 1A 2P
Seth Eisele (Wenatchee) 1-0 / 1.09 GAA / .933 SV%
Daniel Chenard (Chilliwack) 2-1 / 1.62 GAA / .942 SV%
Jonah Capriotti (Wellington) 1-2 / 2.00 GAA / .938 SV%
Connor Hicks (Ottawa) 1-2 / 2.14 GAA / .925 SV%
Austin Park (Wenatchee) 2-0 / 2.22 GAA / .898 SV%
STAR OF THE DAY
Matt Dorsey – Wenatchee Wild