Showcase Day 1 Recap
Barrhead Bombers 0, Cold Lake Aeros 9
The highest scoring team in the league came out of the gate with pace and energy, shutting out the Barrhead Bombers 9-0 in the first game of the 2021 Showcase.
Lucky Cardinal was called for an interference midway through the opening period which gave the Aeros a timely man-advantage. Esa Patton got behind the puck and scored the opening goal at 8:53 of the first, with an assist from Braden Swampy.
Patton's goal would prove to be the winning goal, however, the Aeros took off with eight unanswered tallies to overwhelm the Bombers.
Sean Symes led all skaters in points with three helpers, while Stephen Mosgopolous scored twice and Nathan Stevens added two back-to-back goals in the second. Nathan Proulx secured the shutout for Cold Lake with 19 saves.
Hinton Timberwolves 7, Vegreville Vipers 2
Hinton was able to avenge its 4-3 overtime loss from Nov. 13 against Vegreville, with a whopping 7-2 victory on Showcase Day 1.
This was the third meeting between the clubs this season and the Timberwolves take a 2-1 season-series advantage thanks to a strong first period that ultimately left Vegreville on its heels.
Five different Timberwolves combined for seven goals, but Marian Pazitka registered two goals and two assists to lead Hinton.
It wasn't until late in the second period that the Vipers were able to get on the board. Despite scoring two consecutive goals on the efforts of Matteo Gagliardi and Connor Henriksen, it was going to be a steep climb as Hinton had already built up a six goal advantage.
Pazitka would register his second goal of the game to reach the final 7-2 at 2:19 of the second.
Vegreville Vipers 4 OT, Barrhead Bombers 3
Although both teams had already played in the morning, the final game of Day 1 went the distance as it required overtime.
The Vipers remain perfect against the Bombers going 4-0 in the season-series with the win.
In both games leading up to this one, the team that scored first won. The trend would be tested. After Vegreville made it 2-0, the Bombers answered in under a minute with Kochan's first of the night.
The first half would end 2-1 in favor of the Vipers, but they were caught off guard to open the second half. Kochan tallied his second goal in the opening minute of the second half making it 2-2.
A close game turned nail-biter would ensue as both teams exchanged goals. Cody Anderson scored the only unassisted goal of the match at 14:50 of the second making it 3-2 for the Vipers. About two minutes later, Kochan completed his hat trick and sent the game to overtime.
A slight breakaway opportunity for the Vipers was extinguished by an initial save from Olson, but the rebound was just out of his reach allowing Pewarchuk to net the game winner.
Sam Delaisse made 23 saves and eared his third win of the season.