The St. Paul Jr B Canadiens secured a huge win, on Friday evening, in front of the home crowd. The number 1 team in the Northeast Alberta Jr B Hockey League (NEAJBHL), the Wainwright Bison were in town. With the Candiens out shooting the Bison 53 to 32, the Canadiens took a 3-2 win, at the Clancy Richard Arena.
Tyrell Bourk lit up the clock with a beauty from Alexander Astasiewicz & Braydon Burak, one minute into the game. Giving the Canadiens the momentum they needed to pop in another goal before the close of 20 minutes. Keaton Gordon secured the two goal lead, for St. Paul, with the help of Zach Bendall.
In his first appearance on Lakeland Connect’s Xtreme Oilfield Technologies Intermission Report, Brodie Grykuliak said the team was focusing on the game, not their opponent, “it doesn’t matter who it is, Wainwright or anyone. We’re going to stick to our game plan.”
The team stuck to it by answering an early goal put in by Bisons’ Chandler Klein 28 seconds into the second period. Dyson Roy with help from Alexander Astasiewicz cleaned it up, only to be responded by Klein later in the period. All of Klein’s efforts would prove to be null, as the Canadiens kept firing and checking to hold off Wainwright in the third, for a 3-2 final.
“It was a great team effort from goaltending out. You can’t have any passengers on board when you’re playing a team like this,” Head coach of the St. Paul Canadiens, Joe Young, says the club talked about what was expected before going into the game. “We executed. There were times when they had the pressure on us and we had to sustain it a little bit. We got running around and our goaltender made some really good saves for us.”
“We’re playing some really good hockey and creating our own breaks,” Coach Young says the club will keep with their systems during practice, “their putting in the efforts and they’re starting to get rewarded for it.” The Canadiens were on a 5 game win streak, before heading into Lac La Biche. “No matter who we’re playing we’re putting in the same effort.”
The Lac La Biche game show great resilience, as the Canadiens took a back-to-back battle into a two goal deficit and then battled back with three goals in a row in the third for the advance with six minutes left in the game. The Clippers soon tied it up to force extra time; where the Lac La Biche team eventually won, 6-5.
The Canadiens received good news over the weekend, in the form of a grant. Over $18,000 was presented to the hockey club for hosting the 2017 Jr B Provincial Championships. MLA for the Two Hills – St. Paul – Lac La Biche region, Dave Hansen presented the cheque on Friday.
The Canadiens have a one game weekend, on the road to Vegreville for a Friday night game against the Rangers.