Calgary, AB- After Team White squeaked by with a 2-0 victory on Sunday, the teams continued the tight play on Monday. The two teams (Red and White) skated to a 2-2 tie at Father David Bauer Arena.
After not scoring a goal on Sunday, Team Red got on the board first on Monday night. Jimmy Bubnick (Kamloops Blazers, WHL, 2009) took advantage of Olivier Roy's (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL, 2009) mistake behind the net at the 15:38 mark. Roy was leaving the puck behind the net for his defenseman but Brayden Schenn of Team Red stole the puck away. Schenn then fed the puck to Bubnick.
With no other scoring in the first, Red came out for the second period with the 1-0 lead. That would disappear in the second stanza. Bryce O’Hagan (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL, 2010) of Team Red did make some big saves in the period. Matt Brown (Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL, 2009) tied the game with 5:29 to go with Evander Kane (Vancouver Giants, WHL, 2009) and Ryan Ellis (Windsor Spitfires, OHL, 2009) getting the helpers. 2:57 later Matt Duchene (Brampton Battalion, OHL, 200) got a short handed tally that beat Maxime Clermont (Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL, 2010) with Ellis recording his second assist.
Landon Ferrero (Red Deer Rebels, WHL, 2009) is the son of former NHLer Ray Ferrero and got the game back to even at the 12:33 mark. His hardwork around the net was rewarded when he stuffed it by Nathan Lieuwen (Westside, BCHL, 2009).
Roy and Lieuwen combined to stop 20 shots. Clermont and O’Hagan stopped 31 pucks. The two teams lace them up again at 2pm on Tuesday in the third and final inter squad game.
It's another close game. With the talent the 1991 group has, there should be some tough choices. It's a good problem to have but I feel that Hockey Canada would want to field two teams in this event.
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(Nathan also is a writer for MVN.com. He's the writer for the Asylum which covers the Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL. He's also a regular contributor to the NHL Source also at MVN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com)
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