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Men’s U18 National Club Championship Media Recap - April 28

2023 Men’s U18 National Club Championship – Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., April 24-30

April 28, 2023
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Calgary Flames 2, Blizzard du Séminaire St-François 1 (SO)

  • Calgary Flames goaltender Brett O’Halloran (Calgary, Alta.) faced a tournament-high 59 shots in regulation and denied all five shooters in the shootout to secure the win.
  • The Pacific region representatives ended the tournament with a win, which was the first shootout game of the event.
  • Flames forward Braden Ivey (Calgary, Alta.) scored the only shootout goal.

Saskatoon Blazers 5, Pictou County Majors 2

  • Saskatoon forward Cole Reschny (Macklin,Sask.) registered three points (2G, 1A), including the game-winning goal on the power play late in the second period.
  • Josh Knittig (Saskatoon, Sask.) picked up two points (1G, 1A) and was name the Player of the game for the Blazers.

Toronto Jr. Canadiens 4, Gaulois de St-Hyacinthe 3 (SO)

  • St-Hyacinthe’s Rémi Cloutier (Mont-Laurier, Que.) and Toronto’s Paolo Frasca (Vaughan, Ont.) turned in stellar performances in goal.
  • Luciano Bruno (Vaughan, Ont.) scored twice for the Jr. Canadiens in the shootout to lead his team to a third-place finish in the standings.
  • Émile Guité (Chambly, Qué.) scored a pair of goals for the Gaulois, including the game-tying goal with 10 seconds remaining in the third period to send the game to overtime.

Final preliminary round standings:

TEAM

GP

W

OTW

L

OTL

PTS

GF

GA

1

Gaulois de Saint-Hyacinthe

5

4

0

0

1

13

31

14

2

Blizzard du Séminaire St-François

5

3

0

1

1

10

20

12

3

Toronto Jr. Canadiens

5

2

1

1

1

9

19

15

4

Saskatoon Blazers

5

2

1

2

0

8

20

17

5

Pictou County Majors

5

1

0

4

0

3

11

27

6

Calgary Flames

5

0

1

4

0

2

13

29

Next Games (Saturday, April 29):

Semifinal #1: Blizzard du Séminaire St-François vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT

Semifinal #2: Gaulois de St-Hyacinthe vs. Saskatoon Blazers – 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT

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 30 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. To download game highlights from the 2023 Men’s U18 National Club Championship, please CLICK HERE .

Quotes :

“We really wanted to play for each other today. The boys stuck together and knowing it was our last game, we wanted to make sure to finish the tournament on a good note. This win is a great way to end it.

“We knew coming into this tournament that we would face a lot of shots, and it feels awesome now to get the win. I felt confident the whole game because I knew the guys would have my back, and that someone would get it in the net at some point.”

- O’Halloran on the Flames’ win and facing a tournament-high 59 shots

“We stuck to our game plan today, and we played hard. We know [Pictou County] is a good team, we knew we had to win this one because we did not want our season to be over, and we are happy with the result tonight. Our line played well and credit to Raiden [Zacharias], he is a very good player and sees the ice very well. He is an excellent passer and a great leader, and it is good to have a guy like him on our team.”

- Reschny on the Blazers’ victory and the play of his linemates

“It was a total team effort tonight. All year this team has faced a lot of adversity. We were ready to face some adversity tonight, and the whole team showed up. That shows the character of our team, to play like we did in a hostile environment against probably the best team we have ever played, and it was a lot of fun. There are not too many guys who have as much character and who want to win as much as [Luciano Bruno] does. He always has a strong second and third effort. I can’t say enough about how hard he works, and it was nice to see him get rewarded. We had a good feeling that he was going to get the job done for us in the shootout.

“The last time we played the Blizzard, they worked very hard and they gave us a lesson of what we need to do to win this tournament. We will make sure we prepare and that we are ready for them tomorrow.”

- Toronto head coach Rick Varone on the shootout win, the performance of Luciano Bruno and facing Séminaire St-François in semifinals.

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