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Men’s U18 Club Nationals Recap April 29, 2023 U18 Club Nationals

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

April 30, 2023

Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François 6, Toronto Jr. Canadiens 1

  • Six different skaters scored unanswered goals, including three on the power play, for Séminaire Saint-François.
  • Mavrick Rousseau-Hamel (Québec, Que.) collected three assists for the Blizzard, while goaltender Raphaël Précourt (Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Que.) stopped 31 shots.
  • Toronto goaltenders Evan Maillet (Mississauga, Ont.) and Paolo Frasca (Vaughan, Ont.) split time in goal, making 23 and 16 saves, respectively.

Gaulois de Saintt-Hyacinthe 5, Saskatoon Blazers 3

  • Timothé Girard (St-Hyacinthe, Que.) registered two points (1G, 1A) and was named player of the game for the Gaulois.
  • Thomas Queenton (Boucherville, Que.) also recorded two points (1G, 1A), while Mathieu Gosselin (Varennes, Que.) scored the game-winning goal early in the third period and added an assist.
  • Goaltender Alex Garrett (Saskatoon, Sask.) stopped 40 shots for the Blazers.

2023 Men’s U18 National Club Championship Award Recipients:

  • Most Valuable Player: Émile Guité (Chambly, Que.), Gaulois de Saint-Hyacinthe
  • Top Forward: Cole Reschny (Macklin, Sask.), Saskatoon Blazers
  • Top Defenceman:Xavier Veilleux (L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que.), Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François
  • Top Goaltender: Paolo Frasca (Vaughan, Ont.), Toronto Jr. Canadiens
  • Most Sportsmanlike Player: Aidan LaRose (Calgary, Alta.), Calgary Flames
  • Scholarship ($1000): Félix-Antoine Parenteau (Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Que.) , Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François

Next Games (Sunday, April 30):

Bronze medal game: Saskatoon Blazers vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT

Gold medal game: Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François vs. Gaulois de Saint-Hyacinthe – 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT

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, while the bronze medal game can be live-streamed at To download game highlights from the 2023 Men’s U18 National Club Championship, please CLICK HERE .

Quotes :

“We played well today. What is important is that we bounced back from yesterday’s heart-breaking shootout loss. We had to prove ourselves as a team. We gave ourselves some momentum going into the gold medal game. We will see who we are up against, but if we play the Gaulois, we will look to get revenge after they beat us in the Coupe des Champions.”

- Rousseau-Hamel on the Blizzard’s win and playing in the gold medal game.

“We played a very disciplined game today. Even though we allowed the first goal early on, we found a way to get back into the game. Whether it is on the power play or five-on-five, all our players contributed, from the first line to the fourth, as well as our three pairs of defencemen. As for tomorrow, a seventh game in seven days, the key will be to leverage all the preparation work we have been doing and combining all elements to be successful on the ice. We know we will be against a very good team, and we have to be even better if we want to win.”

- Blizzard du Séminaire Saint-François head coach Mathieu Turcotte on today’s game and preparing for the gold medal game.

“We had some opportunities in the first period, but we did not capitalize and they took the lead. However, we came back and managed to score some big goals after that. We took a couple of penalties, so that made it a bit stressful, but William Dumont’s big goal late was a relief. We feel like we went through the front door after the win at the Challenge and at the Coupe des Champions, and we will be ready for the gold medal game tomorrow.”

- Queenton on the Gaulois’ win and the opportunity to capture a gold medal

“The guys were really committed tonight, especially at the end of the game when they were blocking shots. I am really happy for our group, and also for William Dumont. He is a hard-working, young player who made no mistake with the shot on the two-on-one to seal the deal. We showed the depth of our team tonight, and that has kept us successful all year, having different players step up every game. We are proud to be able to play in the first final between two Quebec teams in over 20 years. The Blizzard is a well-structured and well-run team. It will be a hard battle and we will need to be well-prepared.”

- Saint-Hyacinthe head coach Jean-Philippe Sansfaçon on his team’s performance and preparing for the gold medal game between the two Quebec representatives.

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