DAY 9 – SUNDAY, MAY 20
Corey Andonovski (Chilliwack Chiefs)
The Cinderella run for the Chiefs is complete, and Andonovski did his part to make sure the clock never reached midnight. He threaded a perfect pass to Kaden Pickering for the tying goal in the second period before poking in the GWG in the third to give Chilliwack its first national title. The victory caps an incredible year for the Uxbridge, Ont., native, who (along with teammate Harrison Blaisdell) became one of just five players to win the RBC Cup and World Junior A Challenge gold in the same season.
DAY 8 – SATURDAY, MAY 19
Jonah Capriotti (Wellington Dukes)
What. A. Performance. The goaltender single-handedly led his team into the championship game, making a ridiculous 50 saves in a semifinal win over Wenatchee. The Dukes managed two goals on just 14 shots, but that was enough for Capriotti, who made 19 saves in the first period, 15 in the second and 16 more in the third, frustrating the Wild time and after time and holding the highest-scoring team in the tournament to just a single goal, their fewest in a game since March 17.
DAY 6 – THURSDAY, MAY 17
Kaden Pickering (Chilliwach Chiefs)
The Chiefs spread around the offence with five players posting multi-point performances in the preliminary-ending win over the Pistons, but it was Pickering who got himself involved in the biggest moments. The Madrid, N.Y., native did yeoman’s work on the opening goal, forcing a turnover behind the net and getting the puck to Corey Andonovski in the slot, and crashed the crease early in the third period to sweep in the 3-0 amrker and give the hosts just a little more breathing room.
DAY 5 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
Finn Evans (Ottawa Jr. Senators)
The best of the Jr. Senators through three games, the Toronto native was at it again against the Pistons when his team needed it most. Evans scored his third goal of the week – good for second in the tournament – to get Ottawa within one in the second period, and helped set up Owen Guy for the game-tying marker midway through the third in an eventual overtime win. He has six points in four games, leaving him even with Wenatchee sniper Jasper Weatherby for the scoring lead with one day of prelim play remaining.
DAY 4 – TUESDAY, MAY 15
Matt Dorsey (Wenatchee Wild)
After four overtime games, which lasted a combined seven minutes and 13 seconds, the shootout finally made an appearance and it was Dorsey who got the winner for the Wild, going five-hole on Connor Hicks in the fifth round to secure a win and a semifinal spot for the Pacific champs. Dorsey also added a goal in regulation time, tying the game with a power-play marker in the first period, as Wenatchee made it three wins in as many games and held its spot atop the standings with the prelims winding down.
DAY 3 – MONDAY, MAY 14
Ted McGeen (Wellington Dukes)
The first three days in Chilliwack have been all about overtime, and it was McGeen’s turn to be the hero against Steinbach; he took a drop pass from Andrew Rinaldi just inside the blue-line and picked the top corner on the short side past Matthew Radomsky to get the Dukes into the win column. McGeen became the fourth different player to score an extra-time winner – with the preliminary round only half done, the quartet of overtime games have already set a tournament record for one round robin.
DAY 2 – SUNDAY, MAY 13
Will Calverley (Chilliwack Chiefs)
As if there was any doubt. The Chiefs captain turned in one of the best single-game performances in RBC Cup history against Ottawa, scoring all four goals – including the overtime winner – to lead Chilliwack to a huge come-from-behind victory. After getting the hosts on the board in the second period, Calverley tipped in two goals in the third to erase a pair of deficits, and showed off his hands one more time in the extra period, redirecting in a Powell Connor shot to put Chilliwack in the win column.
DAY 1 – SATURDAY, MAY 12
Daniel Chenard (Chilliwack Chiefs)
On a day where both games reached overtime and only six goals were scored, it’s hardly a shock that a goaltender turned in the best performance. Chenard almost single-handedly got the host team a win, shaking off 62 days of inactivity to turn away 32 shots – 15 in the third period – and get Chilliwack a single point. The strong showing shouldn’t be much of a surprise; Chenard posted a 1.51 GAA and .927 save percentage in the opening round of the playoffs, when the Chiefs scored just 16 goals in a seven-game loss.