2008 National U18 Club Championship

Séminaire St-François Blizzard  7 -  Calgary Buffaloes  4



For second year in a row the Séminaire Saint-François Blizzard are Canada’s number three Midget team.

Player of the game Guillaume Asselin scored twice and added an assist, and the Blizzard scored four times in the third period to break open a 3-3 tie on their way to a 7-4 win over the Calgary Buffaloes in Sunday’s bronze medal game at the 2008 TELUS Cup.

The win gave Saint-François their 13th medal in 14 trips to the National Midget Championship – they won three gold medals as the Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy – and denied Calgary their sixth medal in six trips.

It was the Blizzard who struck early for the game’s opening goal, as Asselin beat Calgary goaltender Sean Cahill just 4:49 in for his fifth goal of the tournament, but the Buffaloes netted a pair in a span of 56 seconds, chasing Blizzard netminder Jean-Phillipe Gagnon from the net.

Despite holding a 12-5 edge in shots on goal, the Blizzard found themselves heading to the dressing room down by a goal, but Tommy Giroux pulled the Quebec champions even 7:37 into the second period.

Jordan Kanygin and Justin Ducharme traded goals just 27 seconds apart late in the middle frame as the game headed to a decisive third period even at 3-3.

After almost 10 minutes of back-and-forth action to begin the final 20 minutes, it was the Blizzard who would break through, as Asselin picked up his second of the game, and Jean-Phillipe Mathieu made it a two-goal advantage just 55 seconds later with a blast from the point on a Saint-François powerplay.

The Buffaloes again came back, as Jona Szakacs forced the puck past Jean-Michel Fortier, who had come in to replace Gagnon, to cut the lead to one at 5-4.

But just as they did on Saturday in their semi-final loss to Sudbury, the Buffaloes allowed a backbreaking shorthanded goal, as Patrick Delisle-Houde made it a 6-4 game.

Tommy Déry scored into an empty net in the final seconds and the celebration was on for the Blizzard, who became the first Quebec team to win medals at back-to-back National Midget Championships since they did it themselves, winning bronze in 1995 and gold in 1996.

Brett Switzer picked up player of the game honours for Calgary, who was outshot 35-26.


Game Information
Game Number 18  Round Bronze Medal
Arena Nick Smith Centre City, Country Arnprior, Ont., Canada
Month / Day / Year 04/27/2008 Time (local) 11:00 AM ET
Attendance 428 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Séminaire St-François Blizzard (QUE) 1 2 4 7
Calgary Buffaloes (PAC) 2 1 1 4
First Period
   04:43 QUE 38 Guillaume Asselin (47 Jean-Phillipe Mathieu, 37 Frédérick Roy)
   06:49 PAC 14 Jake Hayes (10 Blair Wentworth, 16 Jona Szakacs)
   07:45 PAC 12 Chris Collins (18 Brody Sutter)

   00:26 QUE 44 Dave Leclerc (Inter. on Goaltender)
   10:28 QUE 48 Tommy Déry (High Sticking)

Second Period
   07:37 QUE 26 Tommy Giroux (56 Jérome Gauthier-Leduc)
   17:01 PAC 20 Jordan Kanygin (9 Brett Switzer)
   17:28 QUE 57 Justin Ducharme (38 Guillaume Asselin, 44 Dave Leclerc)

   16:28 QUE 41 Frédéric McNicoll (Boarding)
   16:28 PAC 19 Riley Reinbolt (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
   19:01 QUE 57 Justin Ducharme (Slashing)

Third Period
   09:37 QUE 38 Guillaume Asselin (56 Jérome Gauthier-Leduc, 57 Justin Ducharme)
   10:32 QUE 47 Jean-Phillipe Mathieu (51 Laurent Dumont, 44 Dave Leclerc) PP
   12:16 PAC 16 Jona Szakacs
   14:22 QUE 50 Patrick Delisle-Houde SH
   19:47 QUE 48 Tommy Déry (44 Dave Leclerc) EN

   02:13 QUE 38 Guillaume Asselin (Slashing)
   05:27 PAC 16 Jona Szakacs (Tripping)
   07:05 QUE 50 Patrick Delisle-Houde (Roughing After Whistle)
   10:08 PAC 7 Tyler Horton (Cross Checking)
   13:29 QUE 51 Laurent Dumont (Roughing)
   14:29 PAC 22 Hayden Rintoul (Roughing)
   16:32 QUE 38 Guillaume Asselin (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
   16:32 PAC 19 Riley Reinbolt (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
   17:27 QUE 40 Christopher Tremblay (Slashing)
   19:52 QUE 44 Dave Leclerc (Roughing After Whistle)
   19:52 QUE 51 Laurent Dumont (Major - Fighting)
   19:52 PAC 3 Ben Wilson (Major - Fighting)
   19:52 QUE 44 Dave Leclerc (10-Minute Misconduct)
   19:52 PAC 19 Riley Reinbolt (10-Minute Misconduct)
   19:52 QUE 51 Laurent Dumont (Game Misconduct)
   19:52 PAC 3 Ben Wilson (Game Misconduct)
   19:52 PAC 19 Riley Reinbolt (Roughing)
   19:52 PAC 3 Ben Wilson (Instigator)

Séminaire St-François Blizzard
29 Jean-Phillipe Gagnon On 1/07:46   Off 3/20:00
30 Jean-Michel Fortier On 1/00:00   Off 1/07:45
Calgary Buffaloes
1 Sean Cahill On 1/00:00   Off 3/18:41
1 Sean Cahill On 3/19:48   Off 3/19:49

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Séminaire St-François Blizzard 12 11 12 35
Calgary Buffaloes 5 10 11 26

Player of Game
Séminaire St-François Blizzard 38 Guillaume Asselin
Calgary Buffaloes 9 Brett Switzer
Referee Mathieu Desjardins
Lines People Jonathan Powell, Jonathan Andress

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