November 3, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – Team Alberta captured Gold at the 2013 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup with a 4-2 victory over Team BC in the final game of the tournament on Sunday, November 3rd, at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, AB.
Regina Pats prospect Sam Steel led the way with a goal and an assist, earning Player of the Game honors for Team Alberta, who have won Gold in three of the four editions of the tournament.
“It’s unbelievable…it probably hasn’t set in yet,” said Steel, a product of Sherwood Park, AB, who was also named to the tournament All-Star team. “From start to finish, it was just a great event…It’s always good when you get to play against the best players in western Canada, and I’m just happy to be here.”
Cole Johnson, Tyler Benson and Skyler McKenzie also scored while Kale Clague chipped in two assists for Alberta, who finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, including posting back-to-back wins over the defending champions from BC.
“Coming in, we knew it would be very competitive,” said Clague, a Brandon Wheat Kings prospect who was named to the tournament All-Star team alongside Steel. “Our team, there was special things we built as a group, and we became close like a family, and I think that was what separated us in the tournament.”
Caleb Fantillo had a goal and an assist and Beck Malenstyn scored for Team BC, who defeated Alberta in the gold medal game last year but fell to Alberta twice in the 2013 tournament.
Goaltender Stuart Skinner made 19 saves to claim the victory for Alberta, while Brody Willms stopped 36 of 40 shots fired his way in a losing cause for Team BC.
HD (720P) Game Highlights for Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3mixrte6vzgfdt1/Gold%20Medal%20Game%20Hilites.mp4
Bronze Medal Game: Team Manitoba 10 – Team Saskatchewan 3
Calgary, AB – Team Manitoba claimed the Bronze medal at the 2013 Western Canada Under-16 Challenge Cup after defeating Team Saskatchewan 10-3 on Sunday morning at Father David Bauer Arena in Calgary, AB.
Brett Howden, a Moose Jaw Warriors prospect, scored a hat trick and set up two more for a five-point effort for Manitoba, who took a 4-3 lead into the first intermission and added six unanswered goals the rest of the way to take the Bronze.
Howden’s linemates, Tanner Kaspick and Nolan Patrick also enjoyed tremendous performances, with Kaspick netting three goals and Patrick picking up six assists. Patrick also put up four goals in Manitoba’s 5-2 win over Saskatchewan on Saturday evening in the final round robin game, giving him a whopping 10 points in his final two games of the tournament.
Taylor Ross scored a goal and set up another for Team Saskatchewan, who finish the tournament with an 0-4 record, while Curran Reeve and Kaden Elder also scored. Ross, a Vancouver Giants prospect, finished the tournament with four goals and six points to lead Saskatchewan in scoring.
Ryan Kubic stopped 22 of 25 shots he faced in the Manitoba net, earning his first win of the tournament. Declan Hobbs stopped 25 of 32 shots he faced over 51 minutes of action after replacing starter Colby Entz, who allowed three goals on six shots in the opening eight minutes of the game.
Howden earned Player of the Game honors for Manitoba while Ross took Player of the Game honors for Saskatchewan.
HD (720P) Game Highlights for Download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bna8halkr0spd9r/Bronze_Medal_Game_Sas%40MB.mp4
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