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Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018
Some separation in the field at TELUS Cup
by Randy Pascal

It's a two-tier tournament following two days of play at the 2018 TELUS Cup in Sudbury.

As play came to a close on Tuesday evening, the Notre-Dame Hounds, Cantonniers de Magog and Lethbridge Hurricanes all share top billing, each with a record of 2-0, while the Moncton Flyers, Toronto Young Nationals and host Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves are all two games off the pace, at 0-2.

After stopping Moncton 4-1 on Monday, the Cantonniers de Magog spotted Toronto a 2-0 lead before storming back, scoring five straight goals in the second period alone. Simon Pinard and Jérémy Rainville paced the Québec attack with two goals each, with Jérémy Lapointe, Gabriel Fontaine and Karl Vaillancourt also finding their way on to the scoresheet.

Nolan Lowe responded with a pair of goals in a losing cause, with Jack McTiernan and Yianni Tsiampis netting one goal each. The Lethbridge Hurricanes may not be scoring a lot, but they are extremely adept at holding opponents off the board.

The Pacific Region representatives followed up a tight 2-1 win over the host Nickel Capital Wolves with a 2-0 whitewashing of the Moncton Flyers, riding first period markers from Dylan Nevil and Zack Stringer to victory.

Byron Fancy turned aside all 24 shots he faced in picking up the shutout while Brandon McKenna stopped 29 of the 31 pucks directed his way for the Flyers. The Sudbury crew continue to be challenged in finding the back of the net, blanked 4-0 by the Hounds after scoring only once against Lethbridge in their opener.

The Notre-Dame squad from Wilcox, Saskatchewan showcased a balanced attack, receiving tallies from Quinn Schmiemann, Cordel Larson, Ethan Ernst and Drew Englot and a 15-save performance from Aaron Randazzo between the pipes.

The results to date set the stage for an interesting final three days of round robin play, with four teams set to advance to the semi-finals on Saturday. For coach Peter Michelutti Jr and company, their Wednesday evening matchup with Moncton becomes pretty much a do or die affair, with Toronto and Lethbridge battling each other at noon, while Magog and Notre-Dame faceoff at 3:30 p.m.

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