2019 TELUS Cup

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2019 TELUS Cup
Game #1
Preliminary
Final
April 22, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
Fort William Gardens
Thunder Bay, Ont.

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
1
1
2

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
14
12
8
34
3
14
8
25

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 3
12
0 / 6
6

Game Story

MACS DOWN YOUNG NATIONALS IN TELUS CUP OPENER

JASON LA ROSE

THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Josh Crooks scored both goals, including the game-winner early in the third period, to help the Halifax Macs edge the Toronto Young Nationals 2-1 in the opening game Monday at the 2019 TELUS Cup.

Liam Oxner made 33 saves for the Macs, who won their curtain-raiser at Canada’s National Midget Championship for the fourth time in six all-time appearances.

Crooks needed just 32 seconds of the third period to give Halifax the lead for good; the puck found its way onto his stick in the slot, and his lightning-quick release beat Toronto goaltender James Gray to the glove side.

Oxner was the story in the first period, keeping the game scoreless despite Halifax being outshot 14-3.

The Macs struck for the opening goal in the first minute of the second when Daniel Kline sprung Crooks, and he slipped a backhand through the legs of Gray.

Toronto finally solved Oxner late in the middle frame; a shot from Elias Cohen bounced up and over the Halifax netminder to send the game to the intermission even at 1-1.

The second period was the busiest for both teams, with the Macs holding a 14-12 edge in shots on goal.

Chances came at both ends after the Crooks goal in the third; the Macs failed to capitalize on a trio of chances to extend their lead on the power play, while the Young Nationals hit a late post that would have tied the game.

Dropping its opener is nothing new to Toronto. It has started with a loss in all four of its TELUS Cup appearances over the last six years, including 2015 when it won the national title.

Halifax will look for a 2-0 start when it takes on the Cantonniers de Magog on Tuesday (12 p.m. ET), right before the Young Nationals face off against the Calgary Buffaloes (4 p.m. ET).

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Daniel Kline
Hooking (2:00)
07:11
PENALTY
Penalty: Justin Hardie
Cross-Checking (2:00)
11:00
PENALTY
Penalty: Logan Carruthers
Hit to the Head (2:00)
14:40
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Josh Crooks

Assists: Daniel Kline, Logan Carruthers
00:59
PENALTY
Penalty: Joshua Currie
Slashing (2:00)
07:31
PENALTY
Penalty: Liam Del Mastro
Hit to the Head - Double Minor (4:00)
13:48
GOAL
Goal: Elias Cohen

Assists: Peter Stojcevski, Ethan Eliopulos
18:38
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Josh Crooks

Assists: Mitchell McLeod, Cameron Brown
00:32
PENALTY
Penalty: Ethan Eliopulos
Hit to the Head - Double Minor (4:00)
04:18
PENALTY
Penalty: Ethan Eliopulos
Interference (2:00)
10:44

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GA SV%
James Gray TOR 58 25 23 2 0.920
Liam Oxner HFX 60 34 33 1 0.971

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

2 - 1 W @ Cantonniers de MagogMAG
Apr 28, 2019
2 - 5 L @ Calgary BuffaloesCGY
Apr 26, 2019
4 - 2 W vs. Calgary BuffaloesCGY
Apr 27, 2019
1 - 1 L @ Thunder Bay KingsTBK
Apr 25, 2019
4 - 2 W @ Tisdale TrojansTIS
Apr 26, 2019
0 - 2 L @ Tisdale TrojansTIS
Apr 24, 2019
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2018 TELUS Cup: NDH 3 – TOR 2 (Semifinal)
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