Dakota Boutin converted a two-on-one feed from Lance Yaremchuk at 18:36 of the third overtime, ending the longest game in TELUS Cup history and giving the Mintos their third national championship in the last nine years.
Linden Hora’s second goal of the game came 3:28 into overtime as the Rockets erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to knock off the Young Nationals and win the bronze medal in their first TELUS Cup appearance.
Étienne Montpetit made 39 saves, Danick Crête had a goal and two assists and the Grenadiers advanced to Sunday’s gold medal game and a match-up with Prince Albert thanks to a semifinal victory over the Young Nationals.
Lance Yaremchuk had a hat trick and added an assist, Connor Ingram racked up 30 saves and the Mintos advanced to the TELUS Cup gold medal game for the third time in the last nine years, beating the Rockets in the first semifinal.
Grenadiers captain Martin-Olivier Cardinal had a goal and an assist, Brandon McCulloch got the winner into an empty net with 1:05 to go and Châteauguay eliminated the host Generals with a victory in the preliminary round finale.
Jared Blaquiere, Teal Sobkowicz and Kody White scored goals, Lane Michasiw made 17 saves to post his second shutout in as many starts, and the Mintos wrapped up first place in the preliminary round, blanking the Macs.
Tanner Campbell, Carter Hikichi, Tyson Jost and Jake Kryski all scored twice, the Rockets racked up 52 shots on goal and 12 skaters had at least one point to lead Okanagan to its first win, a rout of the first-place Young Nationals.
Loch Morrison scored the winner late in the second period, Lance Yaremchuk added an empty-netter, Lane Michasiw made 30 saves for the shutout and the Mintos booked their spot in the semifinals, blanking the host Generals.
Ethan Marsh’s goal with 3:23 to go capped a remarkable third-period comeback by the Macs, as Halifax scored four times in a span of 10:31 in the final frame to stun the Rockets and pick up its first victory of the 2014 TELUS Cup.
Jeremy Pullara, Steven Harland and Noah Gurr scored the goals to help the Young Nationals top the Grenadiers, win their third in as many days and become the first team to clinch a berth in Saturday’s TELUS Cup semifinals.
Marco Bozzo scored the first hat trick of the 2014 TELUS Cup to pace the offence and Jeremy Pullara added a goal of his own, leading the Young Nationals over the host Generals and helping the Central champions to first place.
Keegan Kjargaard scored for Prince Albert, Gen Bryshun replied for Okanagan – both in the third period – and the Mintos and Rockets skated to yet another tie at the TELUS Cup, the second draw for Prince Albert and third for Okanagan.
Martin-Olivier Cardinal, Samuel Levac and Brandon McCulloch scored two goals apiece, Tyler Hylland had four points and eight skaters recorded at least two as the Grenadiers earned their first TELUS Cup win, routing the Macs.
Moose Jaw held a 3-1 second-period lead, but two highlight-reel plays from Tanner Wishnowski helped Okanagan battle back to draw even, leaving the host Generals and Rockets with just a single point for the second day in a row.
Tyler Longo scored a pair of goals, Max Routledge added two assists and Izzy Benigno turned aside all 22 shots he faced for the shutout as the Young Nationals got into the win column in Moose Jaw, blanking the winless Macs.
Lane Michasiw and Ryan Coughlin were spectacular in goal, Dakota Boutin and Justin Doucet traded power play goals, and the Mintos and Grenadiers skated to an entertaining tie in the Day 2 opener, keeping both teams without a loss.
The host Generals saved the best for last in their TELUS Cup opener, getting goals from Dawson Davidson and Ben Verrall 57 seconds apart midway through the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and earn a tie with the Macs.
Special teams was key for the Grenadiers and Rockets; both teams scored once on the power play and Okanagan added a goal shorthanded as the teams skated to a draw to open their TELUS Cup schedules at Mosaic Place.
Dakota Boutin, Teal Sobkowicz, Lance Yaremchuk and Keegan Kjargaard scored goals, and Connor Ingram made 30 saves, helping the Mintos to the first win at the 2014 TELUS Cup, beating the Young Nationals in the tournament opener.