2019 National Junior A Championship

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2019 National Junior A Championship
Game #4
Preliminary
Final
May 12, 2019 7:00 pm MDT
Centennial Regional Arena
Brooks, Alta.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
1
2
2
5

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
19
14
13
46
6
4
6
16

Statistics

PP
PIM
2 / 5
2
1 / 1
10

Game Story

BANDITS COME BACK TO BEAT TERRIERS, STAY PERFECT AT NJAC

JASON LA ROSE

BROOKS, Alta. – Simon Gravel scored twice in the third period, including the game-winning goal in the opening minute, to help the Brooks Bandits come from behind to down the Portage Terriers 5-3 on Sunday night at the 2019 National Junior A Championship.

The Bandits are just the fifth host team since 2000 to open with consecutive wins, joining the 2002 Halifax Oland Exports, 2004 Grande Prairie Storm, 2006 Streetsville Derbys and 2012 Humboldt Broncos.

Andrew Lucas, William Lemay and Mack Hancock had the other goals for Brooks, which turned a two-goal deficit into a one-goal lead within 83 seconds late in the second period and early in the third.

Gravel gave the Bandits their first lead only 53 seconds into the final frame, parking himself at the top of the crease and banging home a feed after yeoman’s work by Ryan Mahshie behind the Portage goal, and he finished the scoring into an empty net as the clock struck zero.

The hosts controlled the play early, holding the Terriers without a shot on goal for the first 10 minutes, but quickly found themselves down 2-0.

Reilly Funk opened the scoring at 10:16 after Jay Buchholz jumped on a turnover at the side of the net and fed the puck in front, and Reece Henry had his centring pass bank off a Brooks skate and past goaltender Pierce Charleson at 14:57 to stun the capacity crowd at the Centennial Regional Arena.

Lucas got one back for the Bandits before the end of the period, getting a wrist shot through traffic for a power-play goal to send Brooks to the intermission down 2-1 despite outshooting the Terriers 19-6.

Ty Barnstable restored the two-goal edge for Portage with just over four minutes to go in the second period, getting his stick on a Sam Huston shot in the high slot, but that was the final highlight for the West Region champions.

Lemay made it 3-2 with 30 seconds left in the middle frame, circling into the slot and beating a screened Ethan Peterson, and Hancock jumped on an Andranik Armstrong rebound in the slot 17 seconds later to make it 3-3 after 40 minutes.

The Bandits locked down after the go-ahead goal by Gravel, allowing just six shots in the third period.

Brooks outshot the Terriers 46-16 overall.

The hosts will try to make it three-for-three when they take on the Ottawa Jr. Senators on Tuesday night (7 p.m. MT), right after Portage faces off against the Oakville Blades (2 p.m. MT).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Braden Billaney
Tripping (2:00)
07:50
GOAL
Goal: Reilly Funk

Assists: Jay Buchholz
10:16
GOAL
Goal: Reece Henry

Assists: Sam Huston, Cody Thompson
14:57
PENALTY
Penalty: Braden Billaney
Interference (2:00)
16:57
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Andrew Lucas

Assists: Luke Bast, Arnaud Vachon
18:46
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Reilly Funk
Roughing (2:00)
08:02
PENALTY
Penalty: Andrew Lucas
Roughing (2:00)
15:09
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Ty Barnstable

Assists: Sam Huston, Joey Moffatt
15:42
GOAL
Goal: William Lemay

Assists: Randy Hernández, Simon Gravel
19:30
GOAL
Goal: Mack Hancock

Assists: Andranik Armstrong
19:47
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Simon Gravel

Assists: Ryan Mahshie, Randy Hernández
00:53
PENALTY
Penalty: Braden Billaney
Tripping (2:00)
05:39
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Ethan Peterson

17:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Owen Murray
Slashing (2:00)
18:46
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Ethan Peterson

18:46
GOAL (POWER PLAY) (EMPTY NET)
Goal: Simon Gravel

Assists: Ryan Mahshie
19:59

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
Pierce Charleson BRO 60 16 13 3 0.813
Ethan Peterson POR 58 45 41 4 0.911

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

4 - 3 W vs. Prince George Spruce KingsPG
May 19, 2019
1 - 5 L @ Prince George Spruce KingsPG
May 15, 2019
4 - 3 W vs. Ottawa Jr. SenatorsOTT
May 18, 2019
4 - 5 L @ Oakville BladesOAK
May 14, 2019
3 - 1 W @ Prince George Spruce KingsPG
May 16, 2019
3 - 5 L vs. Brooks BanditsBRO
May 12, 2019
Videos
Photos
2019 NJAC: BRO 4 – PG 3 (Championship)
Boyko scored twice to lead the Bandits to their second national title.
2019 NJAC: BRO 4 – OTT 3 (Semifinal)
Boyko scored and set up the GWG to send the Bandits to the final.
2019 NJAC: PG 2 – OAK 1 (Semifinal)
Neaton turned aside 32 shots to lead the Spruce Kings into the final.
2019 NJAC: OAK 7 – OTT 4 (Preliminary)
Reeves scored a hat trick to help the Blades secure third place.