Notre Dame and Magog to meet in the final
by Randy Pascal
It will be the Notre Dame Hounds (Wilcox, Saskatchewan) and les Cantonniers de Magog facing off in the final of the 2018 TELUS Cup Sunday
evening in Sudbury, though neither cruised their way into the gold medal encounter.
After running the table with a 5-0-0 mark in round robin play, the Hounds received quite the scare from the Toronto Young Nationals in the first of two
semi-final matchups on Saturday.
The Notre-Dame crew looked every bit as dominant as they had all week in the opening period, outshooting the Nats 14-3 and rewarded on the scoreboard thanks to an
unassisted goal from sniper Luke Mylymok.
A much more even middle stanza would see Toronto pull even when Harrison Caines hit the 4:24 mark, the teams retreating to their dressing rooms after 40
minutes of play deadlocked in a 1-1 tie.
Still, one sensed that Notre-Dame would eventually pull away. That feeling was halted in its tracks at 5:02 of the third, as Evan Pringle vaulted the
Central Regional champs to a 2-1 lead. Suddenly, time was no longer on the side of the Saskatchewan powerhouse.
But with about ten minutes of play, desperation kicked in and the Hounds cranked it up a notch. At 13:41, Drew Englot knotted the contest, yet again,
setting the stage for more offensive heroics from Mylymok.
With less than three minutes to play, the crafty offensive talent slipped loose off a draw in the Toronto zone, drilling a quick snap shot top corner past Young
Nationals' netminder Sean Wu, who was impressive, once again, finishing with 33 saves.
Amazingly, the second half of the semi-final double-header provided even more drama than the table-setter. Jeremy Lapointe scored at 7:14 of overtime,\
lifting Magog to a 5-4 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes, as Quebec reps look for their first title in nearly 20 years.
Simon Pinard, Olivier Picard, Charles Beaudoin and Jacob Dion accounted for the remaining goals for the winners, while 14 year-old sensation Zack\
Stringer scored twice for Lethbridge, joined on the scoresheet by Keegan McDowell and Carson Dyck countered for the 'Canes.
The back and forth affair would see the adversaries even at 2-2 after one period of play, 3-3 after the second, with Stringer forcing the extra session with his
second goal of the game, with less than two minutes showing on the clock.
That tightness extended to the shots on goal department as well, Lethbridge and Magog each firing 31 pucks at the opposing goaltender. The bronze medal game
(Toronto vs Lethbridge) is set for a 2:00 p.m. puck drop at the Sudbury Arena, while Notre Dame and Magog kick off the festivities at 7:00 p.m.