REGINA BLANKS CHÂTEAUGUAY, STAYS PERFECT AT TELUS CUP
RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP, Que. – Clarke Flegel stopped all 29 shots he faced, and Tyron Brown and Owen Sillinger each had a goal and an assist to lead the Regina Pat Canadians to a 5-0 win over the Grenadiers de Châteauguay on Tuesday afternoon at the 2015 TELUS Cup.
Riley Woods, Tylor Ludwar and Tyler Adams had the other goals for the Pat Canadians, who posted their second five-goal win in as many days; they beat Toronto 7-2 in Monday’s tournament opener.
Regina finished the first period outshot 18-8, but took a 3-0 advantage to the intermission.
Woods converted on a two-man advantage midway through the first, taking a pass from Sillinger and roofing a wrist shot over the glove of Châteauguay goaltender Kyle Jessiman.
Another five-on-three led to another goal just 77 seconds later; Ludwar’s point shot bounced off bodies in front before finding the back of the net, pushing the Regina lead to 2-0.
Brown rounded out the first period scoring with 1:28 left, beating Jessiman through the five-hole.
Flegel was at his best in the opening frame, making 18 of his 29 saves as the Grenadiers swarmed, trying to take an early lead and avoid attempting a second comeback in as many days.
The Pat Canadians added to their lead with the lone goal of a physical second period; Adams redirected a perfect back-door pass from Brown past Jessiman to make it a 4-0 game after 40 minutes.
Sillinger took sole possession of the tournament scoring lead with his goal late in the third period, giving him six points (three goals, three assists) in the first two games.
Regina managed two goals on 11 power play opportunities, including multiple two-man advantages, while the Grenadiers went without a goal on their five chances.
The final shots-on-goal tally favoured the West Region champions, 33-29.
Regina is the third team in the last 10 years to open Canada’s National Midget Championship with back-to-back wins by at least five goals, joining the 2006 Prince Albert Mintos and 2011 Vancouver NW Giants.
It looks to remain undefeated Wednesday when it takes on the Strathmore Bisons (4 p.m. ET), while Châteauguay will be on the ice at Centre Premier Tech for a matinee match-up against the Newbridge Academy Gladiators (noon ET).