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Tuesday, May 22, 2018


REGINA - Robert Thomas scored the winner on the power play as the Hamilton Bulldogs edged the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3-2 on Tuesday in the Memorial Cup round-robin finale for both teams.

The win earns the Ontario Hockey League champion at least a berth in Friday's semifinal.

Hamilton holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Titan although still has to wait for the result of Wednesday's matchup between the Western Hockey League's Swift Current Broncos (0-2) and the host Regina Pats (1-1).

Nicholas Caamano and Benjamin Gleason, on the power play, also had goals for the Bulldogs (2-1).

Jeffrey Truchon-Viel and Samuel Asselin scored for Acadie-Bathurst (2-1), which lost for the first time at this year's Canadian major junior championship.

Kaden Fulcher stopped 33 shots for the win in net as Evan Fitzpatrick turned away 31-of-34 shots in defeat.

The Titan had trouble staying out of the penalty box all night and were charged with five penalties, including a double minor. Hamilton finished the game 2 for 6 on the power play while Acadie-Bathurst failed to score on three opportunities with the man advantage.

Thomas's winner came just over a minute into the third period with a wrist shot above Fitzpatrick's glove.

Gleason opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 14:33 of the first with a slap shot through traffic from the point.

A big hit in Hamilton's end led to a turnover a few minutes later and the Bulldogs capitalized at the other end with Caamano slapping one past Fitzpatrick in the slot.

Fitzpatrick was tested early and made a highlight-reel paddle save on Isaac Nurse just 36 seconds into the first, diving across his crease to make the stop.

He had to come up strong later in the period when he misplayed a puck at the side of the net that caused a turnover and stellar opportunity.

Fitzpatrick got lucky just over four minutes into the second when a one-timer from MacKenzie Entwistle went through his legs and hit the post, but stayed out.

The Titan finally got one back when Truchon-Viel was left in front where he tapped in pass from Noah Dobson into a wide-open net.

Acadie-Bathurst struck right back after Thomas's goal when Truchon-Viel launched a cross-ice pass right on top the stick tape of Asselin. Truchon-Viel leads all tournament scorers with nine points.

Notes: Attendance at Brandt Centre was 6,072.

(Canadian Press/Ryan McKenna)


Anonymous said...

Attendance reads 6,270. My God, who is making all this stuff up because it really looks bad on here. And please try to remember, it is on NATIONAL T.V. and we are not all blind. More empty seats tonight than any other game so far. PITIFUL.

Anonymous said...

Beyond pathetic attendance Regina you have been nationaly embarrassed.

Anonymous said...

There's NO WAY THERE WAS EVEN 4000 there nice try

Anonymous said...

The Quebec coach showed just how smart he is. Unlike Paddock, he didn't pull his goalie and try to tie the game up. He knew he was ahead of Ontario in the goals for and against should there be a three way tie. Paddock pulling his goalie the other night means the Pats would have to win by 4 goals over Swift to gain top spot in the round robin play. Otherwise a three goal win could have done it. It was a major faux pas by Paddock who didn't seem to understand the playoff formula. A Pats win is about the the only realistic pathway to Sunday's game. A loss means a tie breaker and not many teams ever do that.

Anonymous said...

I agree, someone bought all those tickets for OHL QHL game, because there were 4,700 max actually at the game. We have eyes.

william weppler said...

To the Anon who is complaining about JP's supposed major faux pas and pulling his goalie in 1st game. IF Pats had been in their 3rd and final game and KNEW they couldn't lose by 2 goals you can bet JP would not have pulled the Goalie. Being that it was the 1st game in the Tournament and if Titan had been playing that game do you not think Quebec Coach would have pulled his Goalie...come on and think before you blog!

Anonymous said...

Robert Thomas is not as good as I thought he would be. I dont think he makes the NHL next year, doesnt make his teammates better. Will he still be called a two way forward playing against guys like McDavid and Laine and Matthews? I highly doubt it....he steals pucks because he is good at creeping back into the play and works hard to get back but that wont happen at the next level. Sam Steel is by far the most NHL ready player in the tourny. Then its Noah Dobson. Then maybe Thomas but I am not sold on him and I've watched a million players over the years. I may be an old man now but I am usually always right when it comes to predicting players career outcomes. He could be a 3rd liner at best but not for a few years. His feet are not fast...shifty....but not fast. He's gonna get killed in the show trying to go through his legs twice a period, just like Cale Fleury did to him.

Also : Gruden keeps mentioning the hockey Gods but seems to forget about them in post game interviews when he gave every excuse possible afetr the loss to the Pats. They were no better in the other 2 games , Swift was just awful, and they easily coulda lost last night with any decent reffing as the penalties were 6-1. They got beat by the better team that night and yet Paddock didnt use being off for 46 days as an excuse. Excuses are for losers, the hockey Gods will take care of And then the post game excuses will be hilarious to watch. They arent that great, they beat Swift on a flubbed shot and had all the calls last night. If the Pats play them again and play their game they will expose those clowns, and I only say clowns because a team tales on the attitude of their coach, the guy is a clown.If they do happen to win good for those kids, but I personally have no time for excuse making clowns.