The hosts, the (1-1) Ontario Junior Hockey League Cobourg Cougars headed into action at the 2017 RBC Cup national championships on May 16th in an evening match – up against the (1-0-1) Ligue de Hockey Junior AAA du Québec champions, the Terrebonne de Cobras in Cobourg, Ontario.
Only 22 seconds into the game, Cougar Spencer Roberts finds the back of Corba netminder Jérémy Bélisle’s net to give Cobourg a 1 – 0 lead on an unassisted goal. At two minutes even, defenseman Nick Minerva sends a pass to Cougar Josh Maguire to give the hosts a 2 – 0 lead. Scoring his second of the contest at 16:11 of the middle stanza, Roberts fires Cobourg’s third of the game with being set up Connor MacEachern and Jesse Baird. Theo Lewis finds the back of Bélisle’s net at 14:01 of the final period to add to the Cougars lead with Quinn Syrydiuk notching the contributor on Lewis’ goal to bring the game to 4 – 0.
With the Corbas on a power play with 4:17 left in the game, Éric Leger sinking the LHJQ champions first of the game with an unassisted goal to pull Terrebonne within three. Jesse Baird fires the fourth of the game for the Cougars at 18:34 of the period with Jamie Huber registering the helper on Baird’s goal. With Lewis wrapping the puck around Bélisle’s net, the Cobourg forward jammed the puck past the Corba netminder to give the OJHL Cougars a 5 – 1 win on an unassisted goal with six minutes left in the game.
Cougar goaltender Stefano Durante stopped 20 of 21 shots in Cougars second win of the 2017 RBC Cup while Terrebonne netminder Jérémy Bélisle turned away 16 of 22 shots in the Corbas 5- 1 loss. Game stars for Tuesday’s evenings contest were Spencer Roberts (Cobourg Cougars) and Éric Leger (Terrebonne de Corbas). With the 5 – 1 win over the Corbas, the OJHL Cougars win earn a berth to May 20th RBC Cup semi – final.
Minerva told the Junior Hockey Network that “Our performance was outstanding, but I couldn’t be anymore proud of our team. They played us hard and didn’t make it easy but we battled and stayed on the same page and had success. Our penalty kill was textbook today and if it wasn’t for that who knows what the score would have been .. our team realizes we are in but the focus is on tomorrow against a tough opponent and the focus is on winning we want first place and to prove to everyone we can compete with anyone. To clinch is awesome its one of many goals we have set out to achieve.”
Terrebonne next opponents will be the British Columbia Hockey League’s Penticton Vees on May 18th in an afternoon matinee in Cobourg with a 3:30 p.m (EST) start while Cougars take to the ice in a 7:30 p.m puck drop on the 18th against the AJHL Brooks Bandits.
Photo Credit: Tim Bates (OJHL Images)