Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJQ) vs Timmins Rock (NOJHL)
The smallest slate of the round-robin kicked off on Sunday at 3:30, with these two squads going head-to-head. Terrebonne was able to snatch their first victory of the tournament away from Timmins late in the contest.
The Rock held a 1-0 for almost 40 minutes of play as Harry Clark scored the opener with under two minutes left in the first. The next time the puck found the back of the net, there was less than six minutes to go in the third period.
That goal in question was scored by Anthony Di Cesare, who was on the doorstep for the rebound in a 2-on-1 rush. This tied the game up, and while it seemed like these two squads were destined for overtime, Di Cesare had a different idea.
#CentennialCup | Anthony Di Cesare does it again for the @cobraterrebonne as they score a pair of late goals to take the lead over Timmins 🚨 pic.twitter.com/mqdlAuNTRt— CJHL (@cjhlhockey) May 14, 2023
Di Cesare says their team's mentality was the biggest factor in this one.
"I think everyone has a big heart. That's the key to our success," Di Cesare continues. "Our resilience is the thing that puts us ahead every night."
Both of these teams will play their next game against the Brooks Bandits. For Timmins, that will go down this afternoon and the Cobras will face off against the Bandits tomorrow.
Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) vs Kam River Fighting Walleye (SIJHL)
One of these two teams was going to pick up their first-ever victory at the Centennial Cup in this game, and it turned out to be the Pistons. Steinbach defeated the Fighting Walleye 5-2, which helps the MJHL champions' hopes of qualifying for the elimination rounds.
Nick Mikan opened the scoring for Steinbach but Jack Cook responded a few minutes later with a perfectly placed wrist shot to tie the game. The contest was knotted for all of 16 seconds before Brett Kaiser put home a rebound to take back the lead.
The Pistons wouldn't give up their edge on the scoreboard throughout the rest of the game. Landon Roberts redirected a shot from Travis Hensrud late in the second to make it 3-1.
Ty Paisley and Ian Amsbaugh both scored in the third for Steinbach, and Ethan Lang put one home late to bring the final score to 5-2.
#CentennialCup | @HNLiveCA @DaveDawson7 chats with @MJHLPistons Brett Kaiser following his performance in their win over Kam River. pic.twitter.com/us1kbkG1gk— CJHL (@cjhlhockey) May 15, 2023
These two teams will get today to rest but will be back in action tomorrow. Kam River has a morning matchup with the Collingwood Blues, and the Pistons see the Battlefords North Stars in the night game.
Day five of the Centennial Cup tournament begins today at 11:30 when the Ottawa Jr. Senators take on the Yarmouth Mariners.