After playing out a three-game weekend, the St. Paul Jr. B Canadiens skated away with four of a possible six points. Despite starting the weekend with a 3-2 loss to rivals, the Cold Lake Ice, the team was able to rally back for a 4-0 win over the Lloydminister Bandits and a 2-0 win over the Vermilion Tigers. Truly inspiring was Michael Davis play over the weekend, playing in all three games, the 18 year old took 97 shots and secured two shutout wins.
Game 1 vs Cold Lake
“We couldn’t ask for a better game to come out of the break,” Head Coach of the St. Paul Canadiens, Joe Young says the emotions behind playing rivals, the Ice, will boost the team’s energy after two weeks off. “It’s always exciting to play these guys and you have to be at the top of your game to play with them”.
Nearly equal on shots fired, 38-30 in favour of Cold Lake, the game was very back-and-forth with opportunities squashed on both parts. The visiting Cold Lake club put in the first goal of the game, 1:22 in the second, from Jean-Guy Boisvert. That was quickly answered by Captain of the Canadiens, Dyson Roy, with Tanner Carr & Braydon Burak on the assist. The Cold Lake Ice put in one more goal, this time from Coltan Buchta, to close the period 2-1.
Battling back in the third, the Canadiens let another by, for a 3-1 game at the 5 minute mark of the third. The period was pretty tense, with no capitalization of opportunities for the club. The team managed to sneak one in with just seconds on the clock, from Zach Bendall, helpers to Brendan Wozniak & Bailey Lonsberry. It was a 3-2 final in favour of Cold Lake at the Clancy Richard Arena.
Game 2 vs Lloydminister
Back at the Clancy for a Saturday night game, the Canadiens were ready to change script from the night before. Playing with the same intensity fans saw on Friday, the Habs were able to steamroll the Bandits in a 4-0 victory.
Jared Malo opened the game, late in the first with a goal for the Habs; Braydon Burak would collect the apple. The team kept the momentuem going as the shot out of the gates for the second period. Dyson Roy putting in a goal, with Brendan Wozniak, followed by Bailey Lonsberry. Dyson Roy & Zach Bendall with assists.
It was a 3-0 game headed into the third and it looked as though nothing could stop this team. They were executing plays very smoothly and gaining from every opportunity presented. Veteran Zach Bendall ended the game with a stand-up-and-shout unassisted beauty. It was a 4-0 final for the St. Paul boys.
Game 3 vs Vermilion
Over the weekend, Vermilion was hit with a blow like no other, their ice plant went down. Thanks to neighbouring communities; including Elk Point and Marwayne, they were able to move around the schedules and ensure that games were played; including the Jr B. game. The game was moved to Marwayne, where the Canadiens adapted quickly to the new ice and won 2-0.
Braydon Burak and Sean Greene were the goal scorers for the game, with Bailey Lonsberry picking up assists on both goals. Dyson Roy and Piita Manyfeathers also collected points for their contributions. Michael Davis put up his second shutout win of the weekend taking on 27 shouts in the game.
The Canadiens move on to Frog Lake this Friday with an 8:00pm game.