The early game saw the Yorkton Terriers open their tournament with a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. Although I missed the game due to work back in Merritt, buzz around the area is seeming to keep Yorkton in the hunt as their play on Sunday resembled the other 4 teams play in their tournament openers.
The Terriers fell 6-5 in 2OT to the Charlottetown Abbies in the 1999 Championship. On this year's roster is Revelstoke's Riley Hunt, a former Vernon Viper and Salmon Arm Silverback.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on 107.5 KISS FM with Graham Turnbull, as well as on GX94 with Benny Walchuk. Watch on FAST Hockey with Robb Hunter and Dan Marshall at HockeyCanada.ca!
For a great preview of Monday's game, visit VipersDieHardFan's blog, which has been kept up to date with all the RBC Cup information you can ask for!
This is from the Dauphin Herald:
Brent Wold's goal 8:37 into overtime lifted the Dauphin Kings to a 4-3 win over the Carleton Place Canadians at the RBC Cup in Vernon, B.C.
The win improves Dauphin's record to 2-0 and they sit in first place in the standings.
The Kings opened the scoring on a power-play goal from Jesse Bernard at 14:42 of the first period.
Vinny Post tied it early in the second period for Carleton Place and the Canadians took the lead five minutes into the third on a shorthanded goal from Stephen Bayliss.
The lead would not last long as Stephen Cooney tied the game at 12:05.
Neither team could net the go-ahead goal the rest of the period and the game went into overtime where Wold would end the game on a backhand shot in front of the net.
Dauphin's Michael Stiliadis and Carleton Place goalie Guillaume Therien each made 31 saves.
The Kings were 3-7 on the power play, while Carleton Place was 0-3.
Tanner Butler was named Player of the Game for Dauphin.
The Kings have an off-day, Monday, and return to action, Tuesday when they play the host Vernon Vipers at 9 p.m., Manitoba time.
This is from VipersDieHardFan's Blog:
1st Period: The Terriers got on the board first and early, just 1:18 into the contest Yorkton caught Evan Buitenhuis out of position and out of the blue paint were able to get the loose puck into the open cage for their only goal of the game. The Patriots responded quickly tying the game just twenty two seconds later before taking over the game. Just over three minutes later Toronto Lakeshore took a 2-1 lead and even though either team didnt get alot of pucks to the net the Patriots were the better of the two teams, carried most of the play. The Terriers didnt have alot of puck possesion most of the afternoon was in their own end most of the game. Toronto Lakeshore was up 2-1 after 20 minutes of play. Shots were even 6-6.
2nd Period: The Patriots with two goals in the middle frame really took over the game outplayed Yorkton in the 2nd period. The Terriers got into penalty trouble were down three goals looked rattled and come unglued at times getting involved in the after the whistle activities getting off their game. The Patriots again were the better team, carried the play and looked good. Yorkton with very little puck possesion had troubles all afternoon generating any kind of offensive attack. The Terriers had troubles getting into the Toronto Lakeshore zone, and getting any kind of forecheck or pressure going. The puck would get into the Patriots zone before coming right back out. Kale Thomson made two big saves late in the period to keep this game from getting away on Yorkton. The Pats were up 4-1 after 40 minutes of play. Toronto Lakeshore outshot Yorkton 13-7.
3rd Period: With a three goal lead heading into the third, the Pats slowed the game down, carried the better of the play at times but did a good job at winding down the clock without giving up any real scoring chances, and did a great job at not allowing the Terriers back in the game. A pretty slow period with not alot of action in a period where it looked like both teams just wanted to wind the clock down and call it a game. The Patriots would score once more for a 5-1 lead. Toronto Lakeshore outshot Yorkton 13-10.
Game Thought's: (Toronto Lakeshore)
I wouldnt say today was a must win but the Pats didnt want to go down 0-2 in their first two games at the RBC Cup. After a 2-1 loss yesterday to the Dauphin Kings in a game the Patriots should have won, Toronto Lakeshore has really impressed me so far in the tournament. This team I would say is the smallest club at the 2014 Royal Bank Cup but one of if not the fastest-quickest team I have seen and Ive been at all the games so far. The Patriots are quick, they move the puck well, good on their feet, not that physical or really play the body but more of a puck moving team that is skilled and can put the puck in the net. There defence so far has looked pretty good. In the two games they have played its been hard to get a read on there goaltending, as I dont think Evan Buitenhuis has been overly tested yet in the first two games. Hes looked good at times making some good saves.
Game Thought's: (Yorkton)
It looked good early as the Terriers scored 1:18 into the game before giving up five straight falling 5-1 to Toronto Lakeshore in the teams first game of the RBC Cup. I wasnt overly impressed with Yorkton much of the afternoon. The Terriers had trouble all day getting the puck-play into the Pats zone and if they did couldnt generate much of a forecheck or pressure generating very little offence all afternoon. Yorkton kind of like the Vipers last night took too many penalties and seemed to get off their game in the 2nd period. The Terriers were outplayed and outworked most of the afternoon will play the Vipers tomorrow night.