The St. Paul Jr B Canadiens finished off their playoff series against the Vegreville Rangers by dominating the game 13-1. Head Coach of the Canadiens, Joe Young, says the team didn’t expect to win by such a huge margin, but it made for a great energy leading into the next series.
“I don’t think you ever expect a win that big in a playoff game, but I think when you score in the first shift of the game and then leave the period with a huge lead, you’re feeling very comfortable. You just don’t think you’ll score that many goals in a game. We came out as good as we did in the previous four games, so I think they were a little overwhelmed,” states Young. The Canadiens took the series in five games, going 4-1, with Game 3 as their only loss. The closer, Game 5 saw Dyson Roy take home a hat trick and an assist, Kyle Braybrook had four points, two of which came from goals, Ryley Wozniak had two goals, Zach Sylvestre also had two goals, and single goals went to Tristan Craighead, Kona Jackson, Braydon Burak, Darrell Stranger, and Tanner Hellquist.
The Candiens now look ahead to Killiam, with that series starting Friday on the road. “Collectively, as a group, we’re really exited,” says Young, “we’ve had good games against them all year. It’s going to be a close series and high intensity. It’ll be a lot of fun and the guys are up for the challenge.” The Canadiens split the regular season with the Wheat Kings in win-losses, but Killiam finished slightly ahead in second place, which would give the Wheat Kings home ice advantage to start the series. Young says that doesn’t phase him, “not at all, we’ve played really good in Killiam this year. It’s kind of a different rink to play in, a lot smaller and not a lot of room to move in. If we use our team speed and remain physical, we’ll be fine.”
I want to keep playing like we did in the first round, we had a lot of energy, the guys were very focused and it was working. The guys understand we have an opportunity to do some pretty great things in this playoff of run. When it comes to Killiam, it’s going to be a tough series, they’re a team that doesn’t take too many penalties. I think it’ll come down to which team stays the most disciplined to win this series. – Joe Young Head Coach St. Paul Jr. B Canadiens
Game 1 of the St. Paul Jr B Canadiens – Killiam Wheat Kings series is Friday night, in Killiam at 8:00 pm. LCN will keep you posted if there will be a fan bus to the game.