TORONTO (CIS) – Defenceman Spencer Abraham from Queen’s University scored the shootout winner and had two assists in regulation to lead the CIS men’s hockey all-stars to a 5-4 victory over the National Junior Team prospects in the first leg of a two-game series at the MasterCard Centre, Saturday night.
Forwards Alex Saulnier of Moncton, with two, and Eric Locke of StFX and Olivier Hinse of Concordia with one apiece scored in regulation as Team CIS overcame an early 2-0 deficit before surrendering 3-2 and 4-3 leads of its own later in the contest.
Queen’s goaltender Kevin Bailie was outstanding in the win with a 40-save performance as Team Canada finished with a 44-31 advantage in shots on goal.
Game 2 is set for noon EST on Sunday at the MasterCard Centre, live on the web at www.cis-sic.tv.
“It’s pretty rare for a defenceman to be called upon in a shootout but I think I’m 4-for-4 now in my career,” said Abraham, a native of Campbellville, Ont., who played for Brampton and Erie in the OHL before being named the CIS rookie of the year in 2014-15. “I went to my go-to move, a nice toe-drag, and pretty much had an open net.”
“Our goal coming into the series was to win both games, so it was a solid start for us tonight,” said Team CIS head coach Shawn Camp from the University of Guelph. “We battled hard on every loose puck and we managed the puck really well. We gave ourselves a chance to win in the shootout and we’re pretty please right now. Very happy with the overall effort.”
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Online Stats: http://www.leaguestat.com/oua/MEN/en/stats/schedule.php
1. CAN Mitchell Stevens (1) (Julien Gauthier), 9:21
2. CAN Travis Dermott (1) (Julien Gauthier, Mathew Barzal), 12:35 PP
3. CIS Eric Locke (1) (Alex Saulnier, Stephen MacAulay), 12:58
4. CIS Olivier Hinse (1) (Colin Behenna), 13:13
Matthew Pufahl (CIS) cross checking, 12:23.
5. CIS Alex Saulnier (1) (Eric Locke, Spencer Abraham), 16:20
6. CAN Julien Gauthier (1) (Travis Sanheim), 18:27 PP
Liam Heelis (CIS) hooking, 9:22;
Stephen MacAulay (CIS) cross checking, 16:52;
Pierre-Luc Dubois (CAN) hooking, 18:52.
7. CIS Alex Saulnier (2) (Spencer Abraham, Matthew Pufahl), 7:22 PP
8. CAN Anthony Beauvillier (1) (Michael Dal Colle, Nick Merkley), 17:37
Matthew Pufahl (CIS) hooking, 1:31;
Roland McKeown (CAN) high sticking, 5:24;
Stephen MacAulay (CIS) high sticking, 8:56;
Travis Konecny (CAN) tripping; 19:56.
OVERTIME (5 minutes 4×4)
CAN Mathew Barzal – Saved
CIS Eric Locke – Saved
CAN Anthony Beauvillier – Saved
CIS Alex Saulnier – Saved
CAN Brendan Perlini – Saved
CIS Spencer Abraham – GOAL
GOALS (by period)
CIS: 2-1-1-0: 4 (CIS wins 5-4 in SO)
CAN: 2-1-1-0: 4
SHOTS ON GOAL (by period)
CIS: 12-7-12-0: 31
CAN: 16-14-11-3: 44
CIS – Kevin Bailie (W, 1-0, 44 shots, 40 saves, 4 GA, 65:00)
CAN – Mason McDonald (L, 0-1, 31 shots, 27 saves, 4 GA, 65:00)
Referees: Joe Park, Pat Myers
Linesmen: Aaron Neely, Ryan Holmstead
START: 7:32 p.m.
END: 9:43 p.m.