Tuesday , 21 March 2023

St. Paul Canadiens advance to NEAJBHL Final

The St. Paul Canadiens will get a chance at redemption.

The Yens defeated the Vermilion Tigers in six games on Monday night with another overtime victory, this time 2-1 thanks to a goal from Louis-David Fournier.

It’s the second series winner for Fournier, who has elevated his play once again in the post-season.

“Watty [Isaak Watters] was well covered by their dman, and I said why not, let’s try it,” said Fournier on what he saw coming down the wing before scoring the overtime winner. “There was an opening high blocker so I just shot the puck and it went in.”

After ousting the Tigers, it’s a rematch of last year’s final. The Canadiens will go head to head with the Wainwright Bisons for the NEAJBHL Championship.

“They gave us everything they had today and we found a way to win in overtime,” said coach Corey deMoissiac after the game.

Ethin Campbell provided some key saves down the stretch for his group.

All eight wins by the Canadiens this playoff run has been by one goal, including five which have gone overtime.

“I’m just doing what I can to keep the boys in the game,” said Campbell after Game 6. “Trying to lay my body on the line whenever I get the chance, making big saves in big moments. I’m lucky they put one in for me.

“We got redemption from last year, hopefully we can get that win back.”

The Wainwright Bisons were taken six games by the Killam Wheat Kings and also clinched the series on Monday night.

Last year, the Bisons swept the Canadiens in the final.

The Canadiens did defeat the Bisons in the 2019-20 postseason, but the final was not played due to the COVID shutdown.

In finals that have been played, Wainwright has won every title since 2016.

The schedule for the final will be released soon, but Game 1 and 2 will be in Wainwright.

In the regular season, the Canadiens won one of four matchups vs the Bisons.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. 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.