Stoney Creek Sabres 4, Regina Rebels 1
- A second-consecutive three-point game (2G, 1A) from Madison Burr (Paris, Ont.) helped the Stoney Creek Sabres secure its second win.
- Stryker Zablocki (Prince Albert, Sask.) scored the lone goal for Regina.
Northern Selects 2, Étoiles de Laurentides-Lanaudière 1
- Kendall Doiron (Antigonish, N.S.) scored the eventual game-winner just past the midway point of the second period to give the Northern Selects its second win in as many days.
- Maika Gauthier (Mirabel, Que.) recorded her first goal of the tournament for the Étoiles.
Fraser Valley Rush 10, Prince Albert Bears 1
- Hannah Dods (Chilliwack, B.C.) scored a pair of goals as Fraser Valley secured its first win.
- Aynsley D’Ottavio (Rosedale, B.C.), Daphne Meng (Richmond, B.C.) and Nahvin Bal (Surrey, B.C.) had a goal and an assist each for the Rush.
- Prince Albert’s Kinley Brassard (Saskatoon, Sask.) scored short-handed in the first period.
Next Games (Tuesday, April 25):
Northern Selects vs. Stoney Creek Sabres – 12 p.m. MT/2 p.m. ET
Fraser Valley Rush vs. Regina Rebels – 3:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. ET
Étoiles de Laurentides-Lanaudière vs. Prince Albert Bears – 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET
All preliminary-round games, as well as both semifinals and the bronze medal game, can be live-streamed at HockeyCanada.ca. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast the gold medal game on April 28 at 4 p.m. MT/6 p.m. ET. To download game highlights from the 2023 Esso Cup, please CLICK HERE.
“It was a good opportunity for us to take a timeout before the 5-on-3 power play to get our routes drawn up and make sure we were all aligned, and we were lucky to get a goal and take the lead.
“[Regina] came out flying, and we need to give them a lot of credit. We were a little slow out of the gate, but as long as we can control the puck the way we want, we will have a good chance to win more games.”
- Stoney Creek Sabres head coach Taylor Abbott (Hamilton, Ont.) on the eventual game-winning goal and controlling the puck
“Our team feels pretty good right now. As the tournament goes on and we keep playing against the good teams that are here, we are going to keep getting better. Personally, I feel like I gained more confidence after getting that first goal. I beat [the Étoiles] defence and went in on a breakaway and shot it on my backhand. It was not the hardest shot, but it went in. I was a little shocked, but it feels good to score the game-winner.”
- Doiron on the team’s play and her first goal of the 2023 Esso Cup
“We tried to keep moving the puck and keep moving our feet, and maintain good habits for tomorrow and moving forward. We need to keep getting stronger every game, and that was our message to the team. I thought we did a great job of that tonight.
[The Esso Cup] is so rare because our players get to play against other players from across the country, and to meet those players and see different styles of play. This event is a life-changing experience because we get to meet new people from different places.”
- Fraser Valley head coach Tony Lindsay (Richmond, B.C.) on the team’s performance and the experience of the Esso Cup
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