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Friday , 3 July 2020

St. Paul Canadiens roll with 5-0 win to take two game series lead on Bisons

Canadiens goaltender Brad Mistol stops the puck and freezes play with defencemen Nathan Degraves and Teagan Densmore protecting the crease.

The St. Paul Canadiens are rolling through the NEAJBHL playoffs.

Bradley Mistol made all 34 saves and Lane Wycotte scored a pair of goals for a 5-0 rout of the Wainwright Bisons on Sunday night.

The Canadiens take a 2-0 series lead against the four-time defending league champs and are undefeated so far in six playoff games outscoring opponents 32-17 in that span.

Contributions from Kurtis Labant, Janson Pashniak, and Darwin Morin rounded out the offense.

“That basically sums it up right there and kind of our season. We just get things done by committee,” said Coach Shawn Germain.

“We try to get everyone involved. I thought it was a real complete effort by the guys tonight and Mistol was really solid for us and so I can’t really complain too much about that effort and we just move on to Wednesday.”

 

That’s when the series resumes for Game 3 in Wainwright.

They’ll back home for Game 4 on Friday at the Clancy Richard Arena with the chance to sweep the series, if the Canadiens win on Wednesday, and punch their ticket to the NEAJBHL Final.

Darwin Morin leads the team in playoff scoring with five goals and 11 points in six games who added a pair of points to his postseason totals.

That’s 5th in the entire NEAJBHL scoring picture.

“Honestly I think we’re battling pretty good right now. My thoughts about that is we have to mentally focus on that and be prepared,” he said as the team led 2-0 in the first intermission.

Janson Pashniak doesn’t trail too far behind in the scoring department.

Pashniak scored to make it 4-0 Canadiens midway through the second period and got a helper on Morin’s third-period tally.

“We just had a puck held in at the blueline and Zandro [Luck-Palliotto] feed me a nice saucer pass on my backhand and just took it to the net. Take pucks to the net and good things happen,” he said on the goal.

“It’s a lot of fun. The boys are great. Coach Germs is doing a great job and I love what we’re doing,” said Pashniak on his first season with St. Paul.

 

The Canadiens could be on a collision course with the Lac La Biche in the final as the Clippers also hold a 2-0 lead in their series against Cold Lake and are undefeated as well in the postseason.

But to get there, the Canadiens need two more wins to clinch the series and they know it won’t come easy.

“We’re gonna expect a real hungry team on Wednesday. Like I said, they’re a very good club. They’ve won a lot. A lot of experience there. So this series is far, far from over. We gotta go in and take care of business,” said Germain.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.