Prince Edward Island 10—Yukon 1
(Halifax, N.S.) Mark MacMillan tallied 4 points including 2 goals and a pair of assists to pace Prince Edward Island to a 10-1 victory over Yukon in Men’s Hockey action at day 1 of the Canada Winter Games at the Metro Centre in Halifax.
P.E.I. had a balanced scoring attack, netting three goals in the first and second periods and tallying four goals in the final frame. Yukon got on the board early in the second period on a goal by Tyrell Hope cutting the P.E.I. lead to 3-1, but that is as close as they would get as Yukon surrendered the game’s final seven goals.
Daryl MacCallum stopped 13 of 14 shots sent his way in the Prince Edward Island goal, while Nigel Sinclair-Eckhart suffered the loss in goal for Yukon, facing 33 shots.
Prince Edward Island will face Newfoundland in their next game while Yukon faces off against the Northwest Territories. Both games will be at 11:30am Atlantic time.
Newfoundland and Labrador 7—Northwest Territories 1
(Dartmouth, N.S.) Newfoundland and Labrador kicked off their Canada Winter Games with a win in Men’s Hockey, defeating the Northwest Territories 5-1 at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Liam Hynes’ goal late in period one, would stand up as the game winner.
Marcus Cuomo had a pair of goals to pace Newfoundland while Cody Villebrun has the lone marker for the Northwest Territories as he tied the game up midway through the first period. The Territories were unable to solve Newfoundland goaltender Mitchell Puddester the rest of the way. Connor Goudreau got the start in goal for the Northwest Territories.
It will be an all-maritime matchup as Newfoundland next plays Prince Edward Island and an all territory game between Yukon and Northwest Territories also playing in group C action on Sunday morning.
Quebec 5—British Columbia 4 (Shootout)
(Halifax, N.S.) Guilliaume Gauthier scored the shootout winner propelling Quebec to a thrilling 5-4 win over British Columbia in a back and forth game at the Metro Centre in Halifax.
Jonathan Drouin led Quebec with a goal and an assist while Curtis Lazar and Sam Reinhart each had three point games for British Columbia. Philippe Desrosiers picked up the win in goal for Quebec facing 27 shots, while Tristan Jarry made 29 saves in the loss for B.C.
Quebec’s next action is against Ontario Sunday night at the Metro Centre while B.C. faces Nova Scotia Sunday afternoon, both games are at the Metro Centre.
New Brunswick 6—Manitoba 4
(Dartmouth, N.S.) New Brunswick held off a late charge from Manitoba and won their opening match in men’s hockey at the Canada Winter Games.
There was no scoring in the first period but New Brunswick opened a 5-1 lead midway through the third period before Manitoba scored three times to cut the lead to one. New Brunswick would get an empty net goal from Shane Dallaire to secure the victory. Dallaire and Scott Fenwick each had a goal and an assist for New Brunswick. Braydon MacDonald had a pair of goals while Madison Bowey also had two points to lead Manitoba.
Alex Collette was stellar in goal for New Brunswick making 42 stops for the win. Justin Paulic suffered the loss for Manitoba facing 24 shots.
Manitoba faces prairie rival Saskatchewan, while New Brunswick will play Alberta tomorrow at the Dartmouth Sportsplex.
Ontario 5—Nova Scotia 0
(Halifax, N.S.) Jason Da Silva made 23 saves en route to a shutout victory for Ontario over Nova Scotia in front of over 6,000 fans at the Metro Centre in Halifax.
Ontario would get goals from 5 different players as Nick Baptiste’s goal with less than a minute to play in the first period would stand up as the game winner. Jordan Maletta and Bo Horvat each had a pair of points in the victory for the defending gold medal winners from Ontario.
Jacob Fancy faced 25 shots in goal for Nova Scotia suffering the loss.
Alberta 4—Saskatchewan 0
(Dartmouth, N.S.) Alberta rode goaltender Eric Comrie’s 45 save shutout performance on their way to a 4-0 win over prairie neighbor Saskatchewan at the Dartmouth Sportsplex.
Greg Chase led the way offensively for the Albertans scoring a goal and an assist. Josh Morrissey, Cole Benson and Morgan Klimchuk added singles for Alberta.
Brett Lewchuk suffered the loss in goal for Manitoba making 29 saves.