Battlefords North Stars vs Collingwood Blues
These two undefeated squads went head-to-head to start day three of the Centennial Cup. Collingwood held on late to secure a 3-1 victory, making them the first team to win two games at the tournament.
Cam Garvey opened the scoring in the first period. The 40-goal scorer raced to the puck after it bounced off the end boards and fired a sharp-angle shot into the back of the net.
The goalies stood tall for the rest of the first and into the second but the scoring resumed in the final period. Ayden Dooley added to Collingwood's lead early in the frame but Steven Kesslering picked up his second goal of the tournament to make it a one-goal game once again.
With less than three minutes to go, the Blues had a golden opportunity and took advantage.
#CentennialCup | Spencer Young gives the @CwoodBluesJrA some insurance late in the 3rd 🚨 pic.twitter.com/Nsq2fE6N7j— CJHL (@cjhlhockey) May 13, 2023
Noah Pak stopped 36 shots to help Collingwood secure the 3-1 victory. Battlefords was on a 13-game winning streak coming into this game, dating back to the first round of the SJHL playoffs. Pak says they were aware of the streak, but it didn't faze them.
"We did our pre-scouting on the team, and we knew they were a great team coming into this," Pak explains. "We think we could meet them later on in the tournament here. We think we're as good as every team here. We play confident, and that's our mindset coming into every game."
Both teams are off today but the North Stars will face off with the Terriers tomorrow night, and the Blues will match up with the Kam River Fighting Walleye on Tuesday.
Brooks Bandits vs Ottawa Jr. Senators
The reigning champions remain undefeated after another impressive performance on Saturday. The Brooks Bandits were victorious over the Ottawa Jr. Senators 5-1 after a dominant second period.
The Bandits went into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead after Oak Lake's own Hunter Wallace scored his second of the tournament, with just 15 seconds left in the period.
Brooks broke the game open in the second. They found the back of the net four times, three of those goals coming in the span of a minute.
#CentennialCup | Aiden Fink puts home the one-timer as the @BrooksBandits offence explodes in the 2nd period to take a 5-0 lead 🚨 pic.twitter.com/fpBNqRXZYT— CJHL (@cjhlhockey) May 13, 2023
Chase Lammi scored the lone goal for Ottawa in the third but by then, it was all but over.
Bandits forward Aiden Fink chipped in on two of the goals in the one-minute frame and says Ottawa was a very good team but notes the Bandits' offence can get the best of anyone.
"We're the top goal-scoring team in the country. We score a lot," Fink continues. "It was fortunate that we scored three goals in a minute but we score a lot of goals all the time."
These two squads will use today to rest before getting back to the action tomorrow. The Bandits will battle the Timmins Rock, and the Senators are taking on the Yarmouth Mariners.
Kam River Fighting Walleye vs Portage Terriers
Click the related story below for all the details on the Terriers' record-breaking performance.
Day four of the Centennial Cup begins today at 3:30, with Cobras de Terrebonne in action against the Timmins Rock.