Game 1: Team Manitoba 4 - Team Saskatchewan 2
Brendan Leipsic scored 1 goal and added an assist to lead Team Manitoba to a 4-2 win over Team Saskatchewan in game 1 of the 2009 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup from Blackfalds AB.
Jordyn Boyd opened the scoring for Manitoba 6:38 into the 1st frame, and Brayden Cuthbert added a marker late in the period to give Manitoba a 2-0 lead after 1 period of play.
The second period saw Saskatchewan bounce back with Jared Iron scoring a power play marker 9:53 into the second period. Manitoba regained a two goal advantage with two quick goals 1minute and 3 seconds apart. Sutton Olson scored his first goal of the tournament unassisted and Brendan Leipsic capped off his player of the game performance with a goal 1minute and 3 seconds later.
Saskatchewan scored the only goal of the third period when Tyler Balog scored with only 17 seconds left in the game.
Manitoba will take on Team BC at 4:00pm at Blackfalds multiplex on Friday. Team Saskatchewan will meet Team Alberta at 7:00 in Game two of the Friday night Double header.
Game 2: Team Alberta 6 - Team BC 4
A 3 assist effort from BC defenseman Morgan Rielly was not enough as Team Alberta Defeated Team BC 6-4 in the back half of a Thursday night double header at the Blackfalds Multiplex. A large crowd was on hand as Delegates from Blackfalds, the WHL and each of the 4 western branches officially kicked of the U-16 Western Canada Challenge Cup before the game.
Alberta held a 2-1 lead after the first period on Goals from player of the game Branden Troock and Tyrell Goulbourne. BC’s loan marker in the 1st period was on the power play off the stick of Morgan Zulinick.
The second period saw both teams score twice to keep the game at a one goal affair. Austin Plevy scored in 2:17 into the period to tie the game at 2. Alberta responded with back to back even strength goals from Mike Winther and Zane Jones respectively. Team BC scored a late period marker at 19:17 on the power play as Griffin Reinhardt potted his first of the tournament.
The third period saw team Alberta pull away with two goals from Brandon Magee and Jayden Hart to give them a 6-3 lead. Team BC player Turner Popoff scored at 13:39 in the third but it wasn’t enough as Team Alberta won 6-4 in a very spirited, tight checking affair.
BC takes on Manitoba in their second game on Friday afternoon at 4:00, while Alberta faces their Eastern Neighbor Saskatchewan at 7:00 on Friday.
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)