Kam River Fighting Walleye vs Collingwood Blues
The Fighting Walleye competed hard in their final game at the Centennial Cup on Tuesday but fell 4-1. The Blues remain undefeated at the tournament and have locked in a spot in the quarter-final, with the potential to secure a bye into the semi-finals.
Collingwood scored two in the second and led 2-0 after 40 minutes. Kam River did respond early in the third, with Jeremy Dunmore picking up his second of the Centennial Cup.
Dylan Hudon responded near the midway point in the frame.
#CentennialCup | Dylan Hudon feeds Cam Garvey who rips it shelf to give @CwoodBluesJrA some breathing room in the 3rd. pic.twitter.com/d7ddUMAxJc— CJHL (@cjhlhockey) May 16, 2023
Ethan Broderick added found the back of the net once more for the Blues, and they skated away with their third win. Hudon says the locker room was very happy to know they will be playing more hockey this weekend.
"It feels great (to clinch a playoff spot). We came here wanting to do that pretty quickly," Hudon continues. "It feels great, and we want to roll that momentum into game four."
The Fighting Walleye's first-ever trip to the Centennial Cup has come to an end, but the Blues will face off with the Terriers tonight at 7:30.
Cobras de Terrebonne vs Brooks Bandits
The Bandits have secured a bye into the semi-finals after winning their last round-robin game last night. Brooks defeated the Cobras 6-1 Tuesday afternoon.
The Bandits scored three in the first period. Elliot Dutil, Aiden Fink, and Heath Armstrong were credited with the goals. Genaro Fronduto was the only Cobra to find the back of the net, doing so in the second period.
Brooks answered with another two in the second period, including Fink's second of the night and fifth of the tournament.
#CentennialCup | A sweet little feed from Dutil finds Fink and it’s in the back of the net to give the @BrooksBandits a 5-1 lead. pic.twitter.com/tKQzdk3qfI— CJHL (@cjhlhockey) May 16, 2023
Ethan Beyer scored late in the third to seal the deal. Fink, Beyer, and Hudson Malinoski are now the top three scorers in the Centennial Cup. Fink has 11 points, while the other two have eight.
The Bandits have now advanced to the semi-finals and will be back on the ice on Saturday. Terrebonne's last game of the round-robin goes down this afternoon against the Yarmouth Mariners.
Battlefords North Stars vs Steinbach Pistons
Steinbach may have deserved a better fate, but nonetheless, the MJHL Champions are eliminated from playoff contention. The Pistons' final round-robin game saw them drop a 3-1 contest to Battlefords in a game where Steinbach outshot their opponents 24-16 in the last two periods.
Steven Kesslering got things started offensively for the North Stars picking up his fourth goal of the tournament on the power-play in the first period.
After a scoreless second period, Steinbach knew they needed a regulation win to move on, and they came out flying in the third. Noah Szabo put home a goal early, and while they had a plethora of chances throughout the rest of the period, that was all the offence they could muster up.
One of the Canadian Junior Hockey League's MVP finalists showed exactly why he is in the running.
#CentennialCup | Kian Bell gets a late one to go through the wickets of Wasik and the @SJHL_NorthStars take a late lead in the 3rd. pic.twitter.com/gd17m0OxyR— CJHL (@cjhlhockey) May 17, 2023
Kesslering added an empty netter late, tying him for the Centennial Cup lead in goals, which brought the final to 3-1.
The Pistons Centennial Cup journey has ended but they were able to pick up their first win at the event in franchise history before being sent home. Battlefords will now prepare for the playoff rounds this weekend.
The final day of the round-robin kicks off today at 11:30, with the Timmins Rock and Ottawa Jr. Senators going head-to-head.