Sunday, April 17, 2011
GERVAIS LEADS CANADA ATTACK IN WIN OVER SLOVAKS
Bryce Gervais scored his first three goals of the tournament to pace Canada's attack in a 6-3 win over Slovakia to round out the Regional Centre Cup.
The win assured Canada a 2nd place finish with a 2-1 record.
They were facing a Slovakian side that was coming off a 12-1 schlacking from the Russian Junior Select Red Stars the day before.
Click to here to listen to Head Coach Tim Kehler's post game comments.
Canada got off to a fast start in the first period. They struck 4 times in a span of 4:49 on a pair of goals from Gervais and singles from Jarryd Ten Vaanholt and Austin Carroll.
It was a penalty filled second period. Slovakia got on the board just seconds into a 5 on 3 powerplay with a one timer from right point.
The Canadians got the goal back when Bryce Gervais completed his hat-trick by scoring on a 5 on 3 of their own.
Click to here to listen to Bryce Gervais' post game comments.
The teams traded goals to end the period and Brayden Jaw scored a well deserved goal to end the second period. He went to the net and banged home a a Justin Fillion rebound for Canada's 3rd powerplay goal of the afternoon.
Click to here to listen to Brayden Jaw's post game comments.
Canada surrendered a shorthanded goal with just over three minutes remaining to complete the scoring.
These two wins to finish the tournament takes this experience to a whole new level for the players, coaches, support staff and the parents.
Everybody left home in Vancouver on April 8th having no knowledge of what to expect when we arrived in Russia. Now that the tournament is complete for Canada, everyone will take home memories that will last a life time of a great trip.
Congratulations to General Manager Ron Paterson for doing a fantastic job of putting this whole trip together on short notice. This trip wouldn't be possible without the work he put in long before we left and when we got here.
Congratulations to Tim Kehler and Colin O'Hara for bringing this team together and guiding them to their 2nd place finish.
Hats off to Wayne Hubbard, Larry Martin, and Dan Illich for doing everything in their power to take care of the players needs at a moments notice.
Thank you to Alexei Volkov for being a translator here. His fantastic work made breaking the language barrier so easy. His easy going personality fit in so well with this group.
And last, but certainly not least congratulations to the players. They gave their all every single game. Will come away with the usual bumps and bruises. Those will heal and go away. But the memories they will come home with will last forever.
Everyone here did a fantastic job of representing Canada and the BCHL very well while in Russia.