CALGARY - Team Alberta jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second period, and then held off Team Manitoba for a 4-3 victory in the final round-robin game at the 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary.
With the victory, Team Alberta heads into Saturday’s semi-final action as the top seed with an unblemished record of three wins.
But there is not much rest either team, as Alberta and Manitoba square off in a rematch at 1 pm in the first semi-final at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport.
Brayden Morrison scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 16:31 mark of the second period. Manitoba scored 35 seconds later, and added one more in the third period, but Alberta held on for the victory.
Jake Sanderson scored on the power play in the first period for Team Alberta, and Ronan Seeley and Noah Boyko scored in the second period for Alberta. Assists were tallied by Kaiden Guhle (2), Connor McClennon (2), Kyle Crnkovic (2), Boyko and Ozzie Wiesblatt.
Garin Bjorklund earned the win in net for Team Alberta. Alberta outshot Manitoba, 27-15.
In the other game on Friday, B.C. blanked Saskatchewan, 6-0. Those teams will meet in the other semi-final at 4:30 p.m.
Semi-final winners meet in the gold medal final on Sunday at 1:30 pm. The bronze medal game is set for 9:30 am on Sunday.
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