STURTZ’S THREE POINTS LEAD CANADIANS INTO RBC CUP FINAL
JASON LA ROSE
VERNON, B.C. – Andy Sturtz had a goal and two assists, breaking out a tournament-long scoring slump and helping the Carleton Place Canadians to a 5-3 semifinal win over the Dauphin Kings on Saturday night, booking a spot in Sunday’s championship game at the 2014 RBC Cup.
The Canadians will face the Yorkton Terriers Sunday night (7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, TSN) with Canada’s National Junior A Championship on the line.
Carleton Place is into the final in its first appearance at the national championship; the Canadians are in just their fifth season of existence, having made the jump from Junior B in 2009.
Anthony McVeigh scored twice for Carleton Place, while Luke Edwards and Dylan Gareau added singles.
Dylan Butler, Tanner Butler and Brayden Cuthbert replied for Dauphin.
It didn’t take the Canadians long to open the scoring; McVeigh tipped in a Kelly Summers point shot just 2:35 in, beating Kings netminder Michael Stiliadis, who was named Top Goaltender and Most Valuable Player at Friday night’s awards banquet.
Dauphin responded with a pair of goals in the second half of the opening period. Dylan Butler tied the game with a shorthanded goal at 11:58, going five-hole on Carleton Place goaltender Guillaume Therien, and Tanner Butler gave the Kings their first lead at 16:41, snapping a shot past Therien from the high slot.
Down 2-1 after one and outshot 16-7, the Canadians tied the game just 2:10 into the second period when Edwards found a loose puck at the side of the Dauphin net and beat Stiliadis for the 2-2 goal.
Cuthbert restored the Dauphin lead just past the 12-minute mark when he was left alone in front of Therien, but the advantage lasted just 43 seconds because Sturtz wired a shot over the shoulder of Stiliadis to make it 3-3.
The goal was the first of the tournament for Sturtz, who had 104 points in the regular season and accepted the RBC Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year award on Friday, but had just a single assist in four preliminary round games.
He picked up his third point of the night on the game-winner, dishing to Gareau, who one-timed a shot over Stiliadis’ glove midway through the third period.
McVeigh wrapped up the scoring with 11.3 seconds to go, finding the empty Dauphin goal.
Neither team had much chance to do damage on the power play; the Canadians and Kings each took just a single minor penalty in the game.