OJHL Cougar Minerva Sinks OT Winner to Win National Championship

Last fall, 132 teams started the road to the RBC Cup and on May 21st in Cobourg, Ontario at the 2017 RBC Cup only two teams remained with the hosts, the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Cobourg Cougars took to the ice against the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits in the 2017 RBC Cup national championship final. The Cougars defeated the western Canada champions 5 – 2 in round robin action on May 18th in RBC Cup action.

From the right side of Brooks netminder Mitch Benson on a Bandit turnover, Cougar Jamie Huber sinks Cobourg’s opening goal of the contest on their first shot of the game at 3:56 of the first. Connor MacEachern has the helper on Huber’s goal. With Cougar defenseman Nick Minerva in the penalty box for hooking, Bandit Connor Jean slides a goal to right of Cobourg goaltender Stefano Durante to even the game 1 – 1 on a AJHL champions tying unassisted goal 8:51 into the first. At 11:29 of the final period, Nick Prkusic finds space under Durante’s five hole to sink the go – ahead goal for the Bandits with defenseman Cale Makar drawing the assist on Prkusic’s goal.

Cougar defenseman Brennan Roy fires the puck from Bandit blueline and tipped by Ryan Casselman into Benson’s net to even the game 2 – 2 with 64 seconds left in the game. Cougar defenseman Matt Bumstead sends a pass across the blueline to defense partner Nick Minerva at 8:21 of the overtime to have Minerva fire the national championship game winner behind Benson to give the Cobourg their first ever RBC Cup national championship. Bandit netminder Mitch Benson turned away 20 of 13 shots while Cougar goaltender stopped 41 of 43 in Cobourg’s national championship 3 – 2 win.

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