2019 Esso Cup

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2019 Esso Cup
Game #19
Gold
Final
April 27, 2019 4:00 pm EDT
Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex
Sudbury, Ont.

Scoring

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

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
1
2
3
F
10
12
10
32
13
9
12
34

Statistics

PP
PIM
1 / 2
4
1 / 2
4

Game Story

SLASH ATTAIN DYNASTY STATUS WITH THIRD CONSECUTIVE ESSO CUP

QUINTON AMUNDSON

SUDBURY, Ont. – The three-peat is complete. Mackenzie Kordic scored twice, and the St. Albert Slash defeated the Sudbury Lady Wolves 4-1 in the gold medal game Saturday to win their third-consecutive Esso Cup championship.

The Slash are the first team to win any of Hockey Canada’s club-team championships (Esso Cup, TELUS Cup, National Junior A Championship, Allan Cup) since the Warroad Lakers went back-to-back-to-back at the Allan Cup from 1994-96.

Kordic scored the game-winning goal midway through the second period, and added the insurance marker with just over five minutes remaining in the final frame.

Taylor Anker and Dayle Ross also lit the lamp for the Slash, and Isabelle Lajoie notched two assists.

Taylor Scott scored the lone goal for the Lady Wolves.

Brianna Sank delivered a terrific 31-save performance to earn the win; Mireille Kingsley stopped 31 of 34 shots in defeat.

The first period was a story of two halves: the first 10 minutes were a chess match as the suffocating defensive style that both clubs employed made it difficult for any shots to get through to the net, while the back half was a scoring-chance derby at both ends of the ice.

Scott brought over 1,000 rollicking Lady Wolves fans to their feet for the first time by scoring the opening goal with 2:46 left in the first period. Madison Laberge set her up with a centring pass out of the corner, and Scott proceeded to beat Sank from the slot inside the right post.

St. Albert knotted the game at 2:38 of the second as Anker replied with a goal from the slot of her own.

The Slash seized the golden goal just under nine minutes later, at 11:26, thanks to a highlight-reel-worthy toe-drag snipe through a screen from Kordic.

Sudbury nearly answered with the tying goal multiple times late in the period as they got behind the Slash defence to force Sank to make several show-stopping saves to preserve the one-goal edge heading into the second intermission.

While the Lady Wolves had their chances in the third period, the championship prowess of the Slash took over as their strong defensive structure kept them steadily humming towards victory.

Kordic buried a rebound in front of the crease during a power play to make the score 3-1, and Ross ignited the celebrations with an empty-net goal with 39 seconds remaining on the clock.

Play-by-Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Jaidia Pisani
Tripping (2:00)
03:15
PENALTY
Penalty: Madison Laberge
Tripping (2:00)
13:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Jaden Bogden
Slashing (2:00)
16:20
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Taylor Scott

Assists: Alexe Clavelle, Mylène Lefebvre
17:14
2nd Period
GOAL
Goal: Taylor Anker

Assists: Madison Willan, Isabelle Lajoie
02:38
GOAL
Goal: Mackenzie Kordic

Assists: Bronwyn Boucher, Taylor Anker
11:26
3rd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Alexe Clavelle
Slashing (2:00)
13:49
GOAL (POWER PLAY)
Goal: Mackenzie Kordic

Assists: Allison Reich, Madison Willan
14:54
GOAL
Goal: Dayle Ross

Assists: Isabelle Lajoie
19:21

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins SA SVS GAA SV%
Brianna Sank STA 60 34 33 1 0.971
Mireille Kingsley SUD 60 32 28 4 0.875

Game Leaders

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

Previous Games

4 - 1 W @ Sudbury Lady WolvesSUD
Apr 27, 2019
1 - 4 L vs. St. Albert SlashSTA
Apr 27, 2019
2 - 1 W @ Saskatoon StarsSAS
Apr 26, 2019
5 - 0 W vs. Stoney Creek SabresSCS
Apr 26, 2019
0 - 4 L @ Stoney Creek SabresSCS
Apr 25, 2019
5 - 2 W vs. As de QuébecQUE
Apr 25, 2019
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