Weekend sports wrap: Terriers win RBC Cup



The following is a recap of what transpired in local sports over the weekend . . .

Terriers win RBC Cup

The Yorkton Terriers are this year's RBC Cup national junior 'A' hockey champions.

Russell product Derek Falloon netted the overtime winner as the Terriers edged the Carleton Place Canadians 4-3 on Sunday in the championship final in Vernon, B.C.

Falloon jammed a loose puck through the pads of Canadians goaltender Guillaume Therien which ended up just inches across the goal line, as the Terriers won their first ever national junior 'A' title.

It was an incredible comeback for the Terriers, who overcame a 3-1 deficit with less than three minutes to go in the third period as Tanner Lischynsky and Dylan Johnson scored eight seconds apart to tie the contest at three apiece.

The Terriers, who lost their first two round robin contests at the event, ended up having to win four do-or-die games in five days in order to take home the title. Yorkton is also the first SJHL team to win the RBC Cup since Humboldt in 2008.

The Terriers advanced the championship game after doubling up the host Vernon Vipers 6-3 in a semifinal, while the Canadians took down the MJHL's Dauphin Kings 5-3 in the other semi.

The Kings roster included former Neepawa Native Brayden Cuthbert, who ended up netting two goals in five games at the event.

"We knew Carleton Place was a good team, and it was going to be a tough game to win," said Cuthbert regarding the semifinal loss. "We had a good first two periods but our third wasn't good enough to win us that game."

Cuthbert and the Kings finished with a 3-1 round robin record at the event, good for first place in the standings, before losing to Carleton Place on Saturday in the playoffs.

Overall, Cuthbert says the season was an amazing experience.

"Especially the second half [of the year]. We did great as a team, and individually I did well which is always a bonus," he continued.

Cuthbert is eligible to return to the Kings next season for his overage year.

Kings' Stiliadis named MVP, top goaltender

Dauphin Kings netminder Michael Stiliadis was named the RBC Cup MVP and top goaltender at a banquet on Friday.

Stiliadis finished the event with a 3-2 mark overall, with a 2.32 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.

The top forward and top scorer awards went to Colton Sparrow of the Vernon Vipers; Michael Prapavessis of the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots took home the top defenceman award, while Brett D'Andrea of the Canadians was named the most sportsmanlike player.

Meanwhile, Brandon product Mitch Van Teeling of the Kings was named an RBC Cup legacy scholarship winner. The $500 scholarship is awarded to one graduating player from each of the five participating teams.

Memorial Cup: Oil Kings pick up win

The WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings picked up a win at the 2014 Memorial Cup junior hockey championship, defeating the host London Knights 5-2 on Sunday night.

Edgars Kulda had two goals and an assist for the Oil Kings (1-1) in the win.

The Oil Kings dropped a 5-2 decision to the OHL's Guelph Storm in their first game of the event on Saturday.

The Oil Kings will take on the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Tuesday night.

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Steeves passes away

Doug Steeves, known simply as the "Godfather of Brandon football", has passed away.

Steeves spent more than 40 years as a coach and is known for starting football programs at the Brandon-based high schools Vincent Massey, Crocus Plains and Neelin.

He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and just last year was enshrined into the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame.

He was 80 years old.

Shilo hosts MJT Junior World Championship

The Shilo Country Club in Shilo hosted the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour for the first time on May 17 and 18 where junior golfers competed for titles in four divisions and the chance to qualify for the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, CA, this July.

Bobbi Uhl, 14, of Erickson, was shortlisted for the girls 13-14 age category for the Junior Worlds. Meanwhile, Zach Wytinck of Glenboro finished in second place in the juvenile boys 15-16 age category, while Nathan Wright of Warren ended up tied for third.

All spots to the Junior World Golf Championship will be confirmed once all qualifiers compete.

The two-day tourney also included a skills competition. Winners included Uhl and Wytinck and Joel Baron of Carberry, who won their respective divisions in the closest to the pin event.

The next Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour stop in Manitoba is the MJT Prodigy Series at Teulon, July 3 and 4.

Lankvelt, Schneider and Team Canada secure world championship berth

Toon Van Lankvelt of Rivers along with Brandon's Dustin Schneider and the Canadian men's national volleyball team defeated Costa Rica in straight sets on Monday at the world qualifying tournament in Mississauga, Ont.

The win means Team Canada secured a berth into the 2014 world volleyball championship.

The Canadian women's team, which includes Dauphin's Tabi Love, also earned a world championship berth after defeating Mexico in straight sets in the final.


NHL playoffs: Canadiens down 2-0 to Rangers

The Montreal Canadiens are without the services of their No. 1 goaltender and are now down 2-0 in their Eastern Conference final playoff series against the New York Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves helping the Rangers defeat the Canadiens 3-1 on Monday night in Montreal in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series.

Carey Price, the Habs star goaltender, ended up getting hurt in Game 1 of the series on Saturday. The Rangers won that game 7-2.

Meanwhile, the Chicago Blackhawks hold a one game lead in their Western Conference series against the Los Angeles Kings. Brandon Saad had a goal and an assist as the Hawks defeated the Kings 3-1 in Game 1 on Sunday.

Canada closes out the round robin with another win

Team Canada has won six games in a row after edging Norway 3-2 in their final round robin contest at the world hockey championship.

Team Canada finished in first place in the group A standings and will play either Latvia or Finland in a quarter-final on Thursday.

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