MILLER GETS FOUR POINTS, REGINA BEATS HOSTS TO STAY UNBEATEN
RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP, Que. – Arthur Miller had two goals and two assists, Owen Sillinger added three more points to his tournament-leading total, and the Regina Pat Canadians remained the lone unbeaten team at the 2015 TELUS Cup with a 6-3 win over the Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame on Thursday night.
The Regina win finalizes the four semifinal teams at Canada’s National Midget Championship; the Pat Canadians will be joined by Châteauguay, Strathmore and Toronto, with final positions to be determined by Friday’s games.
Tylor Ludwar, Conner Chaulk and Riley Woods ended the night with a goal and an assist apiece for Regina, while Jake Tesarowski chipped in with two assists.
Chaulk kept a tradition alive by scoring just 45 seconds in; it marked the third time in as many Thursday games that a team had scored a goal before the clock reached the one-minute mark.
But the Albatros answered right back when Emanuel Aucoin cut in from the wing and put a wrist shot top shelf at 4:07, and Hunter Moreau fed Vincent Ouellet-Beaudry with a beautiful back-door pass to give the hosts their first lead at 14:54.
Regina struck quickly to start the second period, scoring again in the first minute; this time is was Miller getting the goal on the power play to tie the game only 30 ticks in.
He added his second of the frame, this one shorthanded, to give Regina the lead again at 7:24, snapping a shot just over the pad of Collège Notre-Dame goaltender Marc-Antoine Dufour.
The Pat Canadians put a trio of pucks past Dufour to pull away in the final 20 minutes, started by Ludwar’s third of the tournament at the 5:23 mark.
After Moreau’s slap shot got the Albatros back within a goal, Sillinger kept the puck on a three-on-two and rifled a wrist shot just inside the far post for his tournament-leading fifth to restore the two-goal advantage.
Woods finished the scoring into an empty net with 55 seconds left, with Miller and Sillinger capping their impressive nights with their second assist apiece.
Regina will try to finish off a perfect preliminary round when it meets the winless Newbridge Academy Gladiators on Friday (1 p.m. ET), while the Albatros will play one final game in front of their home fans at Centre Premier Tech, taking on the Grenadiers de Chateauguay in an all-Quebec match-up (4:30 p.m. ET).