Junior A Northmen have stellar Minto Cup

September 1, 2016   ·   0 Comments

O-ville loses final game in overtime

The Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs have claimed the 2016 Junior Minto Cup with a 6-5 overtime win over the Orangeville Junior A Northmen in the final game of the national tournament.

The final game was a result of competition that got underway on August 20, at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia.

The Northmen earned the right to go to the Minto Cup after winning the Province on August 9, in front of a hometown crowd in a final OJALL series against the Six Nations Arrows.

The competition got underway with the Northmen facing Coquitlam on August 20. The Adanacs scored with 2:45 left in the third period for an 8-7 win.

O-ville as back at it the next day when they faced the Delta Islanders in an evening game.

It was another close game with the Northmen taking an early lead and the Islanders coming back in the second to tie the game at seven.

The game was tied at eight in the third period before the Northmen managed to pull ahead by two goals at the midway mark. They held on to take the game 10-9.

Orangeville faced the Calgary Mountaineers for the first time on August 22. It was a low scoring game with Calgary taking an early lead.

The final was 5-3 for Calgary.

The two teams met again the next day (Aug. 23) but this time the Northmen pulled way ahead with a seven goal second period. They held on to win 12-7.

Orangeville and Coquitlam advanced to the final series which was a best of five match-up.

The Adanacs came out on top with a 3-2 win in the first game of the series.

Orangeville responded with a 9-6 win in game two the following night on Friday, August 26, to tie the series.

The British Columbia team moved ahead with a 9-7 win in game three.

The series was again tied 2-2 after game

four on Sunday, August 28, when the Orangeville team was back in with a 6-5 win to force the entire tournament down to a single game – winner take all.

The final battle came down to an overtime period when Orangeville’s Matt Vangalen scored the goal that tied the game at five with 1:33 left on the clock in the third period.

Coquitlam got a single goal in the ten minute overtime period for a 6-5 lead and managed to hang on to win the game, the series, and the Minto Cup.

The two teams last met up in the Minto Cup final in 2012 when the Northmen won the national title over the B.C. team.

Coquitlam has been in the final the past two years, losing both times to the Six Nations Arrows.

Third time’s a charm for the Adanacs as they now claim the title for 2016.

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