CALGARY - Team Alberta’s penchant for the dramatic was on display once again, skating away with gold at the 2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup after a 3-2 overtime win over Team BC.
Carter Chorney played the hero for Team Alberta, scoring the medal-winning goal just 31 seconds in to the extra frame.
Team Alberta jumped out to a 2-0 with goals from Ethan Browne and Dylan Holloway, and took a 2-1 lead into the third period after Ethan Leyh replied for Team BC. Alex Swetlikoff knotted the score at two with just five minutes left in the game, setting up a dramatic, albeit short, overtime battle.
Goaltender Taylor Gauthier stood tall for Team Alberta in net, stopping 32 of 34 shots en route to a gold medal. Roman Basran took the overtime loss for BC, making 26 saves on 29 shots.
"We got the job done today, it was a close game," said Head Coach Bram Stephen. "All week, there were certain points in games, in the Saskatchewan game they tied it up late, and in this game (BC) tied it up late, and it wasn’t easy, none of the games were. They all seemed to come together in key moments, the group got closer as the week went on, and they played a strong team game."
Chorney fittingly was named Team Alberta’s player of the game for his overtime heroics, while Leyh earned the honours for BC.
The gold medal is the third in a row for Alberta at the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, and fifth medal overall in the tournament’s six-year history.
Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Team Manitoba took the bronze medal after defeating Team Saskatchewan 4-1.
2016 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup All-Star Team
Goaltender – Byron Fancy (Alberta)
Defenceman – Kaedan Korczak (Saskatchewan)
Defenceman – Braden Schneider (Saskatchewan)
Forward – Logan Barlage (Saskatchewan)
Forward – Peyton Krebs (Alberta)
Forward – Joshua Williams (British Columbia)