CALGARY - Team Alberta will defend the Western Canada U16 Challenge crown after a 3-2 victory over Team BC on Friday night.
Connor Bouchard scored the winning goal with just over six minutes to play, as Team Alberta finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. Ethan Browne and Dylan Holloway assisted on the game-winner.
Brayden Tracey took care of the rest Team Alberta’s offence with his third and fourth goals of the tournament to erase an early 1-0 BC lead. Tracey got his first of the game with less than three minutes remaining in the second period, on assists from Peyton Krebs and Kirby Dach, and followed that with a penalty shot tally just over a minute into the third period.
BC tied the game 2-2 three minutes later, setting the stage for Bouchard’s winner. Joshua Williams scored both goals for Team BC.
Byron Fancy earned the win in net for Team Alberta, stopping 25 of 27 shots. Roman Basran took the loss in the BC net.
Tracey and Williams were named the players of the game.
Team Alberta advances directly to the championship final on Sunday at 1 pm. They will play the winner of Saturday’s semi-final between Team BC and Team Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan earned its semi-final berth with a 3-2 overtime win over Team Manitoba Friday afternoon.
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