Day 2 Results
Soo Thunderbirds (1-1) vs. Portage Terriers (1-0)
RESULT: 4-3 Portage
WIEBE ENDS DOUBLE OT MARATHON, GIVES TERRIERS WIN OVER THUNDERBIRDS
HUMBOLDT, Sask. - Andrew Wiebe scored with 47.1 seconds left in the second overtime to end the longest RBC Cup game in five years and give the Portage Terriers a 4-3 win over the Soo Thunderbirds on Sunday afternoon.
The game was the first to go past one overtime since the Prince George Spruce Kings and Camrose Kodiaks played the longest game in tournament history in a 2007 semifinal; Prince George beat Camrose 3-2 on a goal scored early in the fifth extra frame.
Before Wiebe's heroics it was the line of Brent Wold, Mike Gemmill and Brendan Harms that led Portage (1-0). The trio were in on all three of the Terriers' goals in regulation time - Wold scored twice and added an assist, Gemmill had a goal and two helpers and Harms had three assists.
One day after making 44 saves in the Thunderbirds' win over Penticton, John Kleinhans stopped 68 of 72 shots for the Soo (1-1), giving him a ridiculous 112 saves on 117 shots through two games - a .957 save percentage.
Nick Romano, Greg Sartoretto and Matt Amadio scored the goals for the Thunderbirds, who erased three one-goal deficits to force overtime despite being outshot 48-26 in regulation time. Overall, the Soo was on the short end of a 72-44 shot clock.
Penticton Vees (0-2) vs. Humboldt Broncos (2-0)
RESULT: 3-2 Humboldt
JOHNSTONTHE OVERTIME HERO AS BRONCOS TOP VEES
HUMBOLDT, Sask. - Andrew Johnston scored at 4:57 of overtime, in the dying seconds of a power play, as the Humboldt Broncos handed the Penticton Vees a 3-2 defeat on Sunday night at the 2012 RBC Cup.
Johnston's goal, which came with three seconds left in a five-minute checking from behind major handed to Penticton defenceman Kyle Beaulieu as regulation time expired, means the Broncos sit alone atop the standings after two days with an unblemished 2-0 record.
The Vees, meanwhile, dropped to 0-2; it's the first time all season Penticton, which lost 2-1 to the Soo Thunderbirds in Saturday's tournament opener, has been on the losing end in back-to-back games.
Matt Glowa and John Lawrence had the goals in the regulation time for Humboldt, which has started 2-0 for just the second time in five trips to the National Junior A Championship - it also won its first two games at the 1987 tournament, which the Broncos hosted.
Glowa had an eventful first 28 seconds - he opened the scoring just seven seconds after the opening face-off, poking a loose puck past Penticton netminder Michael Garteig, and received a checking from behind penalty and game misconduct just 21 ticks later.
Wade Murphy scored both goals for the Vees, which had not lost two in a row since dropping Games 2 and 3 of their Interior Conference semifinal to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks during last year's BCHL playoffs.
Garteig finished with 40 saves, including a couple of huge stops in overtime before Johnston's winner, while his counterpart in the Humboldt goal, Matt Hrynkiw, kept Penticton's high-powered offence in check with 29 saves.
MY RECORD : 2-2
Day 3 Pick
Woodstock Slammers (0-1) vs. Portage Terriers (1-0)
Portage may still be in recovery from the double OT win over the Soo Thunderbirds but the Terriers have more than enough in the tank to take out the Slammers.
I did not see this day coming. The Penticton Vees have elected to wait until the Royal Bank Cup to start their first two game losing streak of the season? Certainly the hometown Broncos were going to have the crowd behind them but I never imagined we would see the Vees drop two in a roll.
What do you think?
**GAME RECAPS FROM HOCKEY CANADA**