Defenceman Ty Prefontaine’s goal at 11:06 of the second overtime lifted the host Saskatoon Contacts to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Wild in Sunday’s Telus Cup West final at Rod Hamm Memorial Arena in Saskatoon.
The Contacts captured their sixth regional title and will now represent the West at the national Telus Cup championship in Quispamsis, NB, April 18-24.
A crowd of 1,000 packed the arena and witnessed a back-and-forth battle between the host Contacts and the Manitoba-champion Wild. Winnipeg’s Caiden Daley and Saskatoon’s Quinton Ong traded first-period goals. Then Noah King tallied 7:05 into the second to give the Wild a 2-1 lead which held until the intermission.
A bouncing puck from the stick of Saskatoon’s Austin Wieler tied the game 2-2 just 1:34 into the third, but Brendan Arnold’s power-play goal 2:05 later put Winnipeg back in front.
The Wild went back to the power play soon after, but the Contacts’ Jonah Bumphrey stole momentum for his team when he earned a penalty shot after being pulled down on a shorthanded breakaway. Winnipeg goalie Mitchel Adamyk appeared to foil Bumphrey’s penalty-shot attempt with a poke check but the puck rode up and over the netminder, leading to a 3-3 tie.
The deadlock lasted through the rest of regulation, plus a 10-minute overtime. Then, 11:06 into the second overtime, Prefontaine rushed end-to-end and fired a wrist shot that went off the post and in.
Contacts 4 Wild 3 (2OT)
Scoring by period
Saskatoon 1 0 2 0 1 – 4
Winnipeg 1 1 1 0 0 – 3
1. Winnipeg, Daley (Namaka, Keane) 3:51
2. Saskatoon, Ong (Albrecht) 7:16 (pp)
Penalties – Cassie Wpg (head contact) 6:58, Adrian Stn (slashing) 7:23, Bumphrey Stn (boarding) 17:18, Lieffers Stn, Daley Wpg (roughing) 17:50
3. Winnipeg, King (Namaka, Daley) 7:05
Penalties – Coppinger Wpg (boarding) 0:40, McNeilly Stn (head contact) 7:25, Adrian Stn (tripping) 14:04.
4. Saskatoon, Wieler (Hamm) 1:34
5. Winnipeg, Arnold (Stotts) 3:39
6. Saskatoon, Bumphrey 6:14 (sh, penalty shot)
Penalties – Prefontaine Stn (interference) 2:00, Antoniadis Stn (closing hand on puck) 6:06, Vogel Stn (slashing) 7:40, Hamm Stn (interference) 10:32.
Penalties – None.
7. Saskatoon, Prefontaine (unassisted) 11:06
Penalties – None.
Shots on goal
Saskatoon 11 9 9 6 5-40
Winnipeg 9 10 11 3 9-42
Goalies – I. LaBelle Stn; Adamyk Wpg.
Power plays – Saskatoon 1-2; Winnipeg 1-8.
Players of the game – Prefontaine Stn; Daley Wpg.