2018 RBC Cup

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2018 RBC Cup
Game #3
Preliminary
Final
May 13, 2018 2:00 pm PDT
Prospera Centre
Chilliwack, B.C.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
1
2
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
11
4
4
19
8
15
9
32

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 2
6
1 / 3
4

Game Story

WILD COME FROM BEHIND TO EDGE PISTONS, STAY UNBEATEN

JASON LA ROSE

CHILLIWACK, B.C. – Zak Galambos and A.J. Vanderbeck scored less than four minutes apart in the third period to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead, and the Wenatchee Wild made it two wins in as many days at the 2018 RBC Cup with a 4-3 victory over the Steinbach Pistons on Sunday afternoon.

The three points all but lock up a semifinal spot for the Pacific Region champions; since the tournament went to a five-team format in 1990, no team with at least two wins has ever missed the final four.

After Daniel McKitrick gave the Pistons a 3-2 lead early in the third period, Galambos struck for a power-play goal just over a minute later before Vanderbeck rocketed a slap shot over the short-side shoulder of Steinbach goaltender Matthew Thiessen for the game-winner.

Early on it looked like a quick turnaround would doom the Wild, who were back on the ice only 16 hours after finishing their tournament-opening overtime win over Chilliwack on Saturday night.

Luke Bellerose opened the scoring for the Pistons just 2:33 in, burying a Brady Tatro rebound, and Austin Heidemann raced in and went five-hole on Wenatchee netminder Austin Park for the 2-0 goal at 5:06.

That would be all for Park, who allowed two goals on four shots before giving way to Seth Eisele.

Jasper Weatherby got the comeback started for the Wild in the final minute of the first period, going bar-down from the slot, and he tied it less than a minute into the second when he danced his way past a defender before tucking a beauty around Thiessen.

After being outshot 11-5 in the first period, Wenatchee held a one-sided 21-6 edge over the final 40 minutes, neutralizing a Steinbach offence that averaged the fourth-most goals per game in the country this season.

McKitrick briefly gave the Pistons another lead when he ripped a one-timer past Eisele at 2:26 of the final frame, but that would be it for offence from the West Region champions, who made their national championship debut.

Weatherby finished with two goals and an assist in the win, while Vanderbeck had a goal and two helpers.

Steinbach is right back to it Monday night, taking on the Wellington Dukes in the lone game on the schedule (7 p.m. PT), while the Wild see the ice next on Tuesday afternoon against the Ottawa Jr. Senators (2 p.m. PT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
GOAL
Goal: Luke Bellerose

Assists: Brady Tatro, Mark Taraschuk
02:33
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Seth Eisele

05:06
GOAL
Goal: Austin Heidemann

Assists: Bradley Schoonbaert, Tristan Culleton
05:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Braden Purtill
Slashing (2:00)
11:06
PENALTY
Penalty: Slava Demin
Interference (2:00)
13:51
GOAL
Goal: Jasper Weatherby

Assists: A.J. Vanderbeck
19:21
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Jasper Weatherby

Assists: A.J. Vanderbeck, Lukas Svejkovsky
00:21
PENALTY
Penalty: Luke Bellerose
Hooking (2:00)
07:39
PENALTY
Penalty: Cooper Zech
Interference (2:00)
10:12
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Daniel McKitrick

Assists: Tyson McConnell, Mark Wilson
02:26
PENALTY
Penalty: Darby Gula
High-Sticking (2:00)
02:57
GOAL
Goal: Zak Galambos (power play)

Assists: Cooper Zech, Jasper Weatherby
03:53
GOAL
Goal: A.J. Vanderbeck

Assists: Josh Arnold, Chad Sasaki
07:31

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Matthew Thiessen WST 60 32 28 4 0.875
Seth Eisele PAC 54 15 14 1 0.933
Austin Park PAC 5 4 2 2 0.500

Game Leaders

Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 2 - Assists 1 - Points 3
G 2 - A 1 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 2 - Points 3
G 1 - A 2 - P 3
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1

Previous Games

1 - 4 L vs. Chilliwack ChiefsHST
May 17, 2018
1 - 2 L vs. Wellington DukesCEN
May 19, 2018
4 - 5 L vs. Ottawa Jr. SenatorsEST
May 16, 2018
7 - 1 W @ Wellington DukesCEN
May 17, 2018
2 - 3 L @ Wellington DukesCEN
May 14, 2018
3 - 2 W vs. Ottawa Jr. SenatorsEST
May 15, 2018
Videos
Photos
2018 RBC Cup: CWK 4 – WEL 2 (Championship)
The Chiefs scored three unanswered in the third to win the RBC Cup.
2018 RBC Cup: CWK 3 – OJS 2 (Semifinal)
Pickering got the winner and the Chiefs advanced to the RBC Cup final.
2018 RBC Cup: WEL 2 – WEN 1 (Semifinal)
Capriotti finished with 50 saves to help the Dukes upset the Wild.
2018 RBC Cup: WEN 7 – WEL 1 (Preliminary)
Galambos and Von Ungern had 2G each to help the Wild to first place.