Sept 7, 2014 (ISN) – ESQUIMALT, B.C. – It was a fun afternoon had by all.
Inside the Archie Browning Sports Centre, an enthusiastic crowd was on hand to
witness the Vancouver Canucks Alumni eke out a 5-3 win over the Victoria Cougars.
The Cougars pulled to within one only to have Cliff Ronning score the insurance goal
into an empty net with 12.6 seconds remaining in regulation. Ronning, who played
six seasons for the Canucks during the early to mid-1990s, completed the hat-trick
after scoring once in the first period and then adding another in the second.
But the big winner on Sunday was the Canadian Cancer Society.
With proceeds from the 50/50 draw, the concession, the bar, the silent auction, the
sales of photographs, and ticket sales going to the Canadian Cancer Society still
being tallied – the final amount will no doubt be a substantial one.
The afternoon got started with Canucks public address announcer John Ashbridge
introducing both lineups.
Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders Chandler Grieve, Jordan Carrie, Jason Bland, and
Justin Whittaker as well as Matt Williams and Mayor of Esquimalt Barb Desjardins
were then introduced onto the ice. After Mayor Desjardins said a few words,
herself, Grieve, and Williams performed the ceremonial puck drop.
Taking the faceoff was Ronning and Cougars defenseman Robert Zadra.
The Canucks Alumni led 1-0 after one period before second period goals from Ronning,
David Bruce, and Denis Pederson put the visitors ahead by four.
Wade Johnson, Ryan Carson, and Michael Fretz scored in a ten minute span in the
third period for Victoria but that would be as close as the Cougars would get.
The Victoria Cougars would like to thank everyone who was involved and to those who
came out and donated to the cause.
Fans got to mingle with the Canucks Alumni players during a meet-and-greet after the
Tickets from the game today will also be valid for the Cougars game against the
Saanich Braves on Thursday, September 11.