THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Brad Morrisey tallied twice while Ethan Ernst scored once and helped set-up two others as the Notre Dame Hounds defeated the Thunder Bay Kings 7-1 Saturday afternoon in the final round robin game of the TELUS Cup West Regional, presented by Windsor Plywood, at Fort William First Nation Arena in Thunder Bay.
With the result, Notre Dames finishes first with a 3-0 record and will now advance to the championship game Sunday against the Winnipeg Wild (2-1) at 2 p.m. ET back in Thunder Bay.
Following a touching and moving pre-game ceremony honouring the victims and those associated with the horrific events involving the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Friday, a sombre start to the contest saw the majority of the first period remain scoreless.
However the Hounds would strike late as they caught a Kings’ defender on an ill-timed decision that resulted in a two-on-one and saw Ernst bury the rebound off a Stanley Cooley shot with just 33 seconds remaining in the frame.
The second stanza Notre Dame break it open as Avery Winslow and Luke Mylymok scored at even strength while Quinn Schmiemann and Morrisey connected on the power play to put them up 5-0 after 40 minutes.
Thunder Bay did get one back early in the third off the stick of Christian Veneruzzo, but Morrisey and Jake Dale added later markers for the visitors to round out the scoring.
Aaron Randazzo made 20 saves to pick-up the win for the Hounds.
Jordan Smith started for the Kings and suffered the loss allowing five on 36 shots in two periods of work while Seth McKay turned aside five of seven in third period relief.