Notre Dame Hounds Capture Telus Cup With Perfect Record
Hounds become first team to win all seven games at Canada’s National Midget Championship in regulation since 1987
SUDBURY, Ont. – The Notre Dame Hounds have won their fifth National Midget Championship, besting the Cantonniers de Magog by a score of 5-1 to win gold at the 2018 TELUS Cup.
The Hounds headed into the first intermission with a one-goal lead over the Cantonniers, who were leading in shots-on-goal 12-5 after 20 minutes. Finding their groove, Notre Dame came on early in the second, taking a 2-0 lead on Luke Mylymok’s first goal of what would become a hat-trick night for the 16-year-old from Wilcox, Sask. After 40 minutes of play, the Hounds were up 4-0.
Jérémy Rainville (Brigham, Que.), team captain for the Cantonniers de Magog and a tournament top-scorer, helped put his team on the board in the opening minutes of the third period with an assist on the goal by Simon Pinard (Drummondville, Que.). Notre Dame shut down Magog’s shot at a comeback, with Mylymok closing the scoring at 17:44 in the third frame.
“You need your best players to step up in the big games, and it’s a little easier on the coaches when you get that kind of separation. What a game by [Luke Mylymok],” said Notre Dame head coach Devan Praught. “All year long, he led the way offensively for us. We had other guys too. But Luke’s just one of those players – it’s a big game and on the biggest stage. What a player. Unbelievable. I mean, [I’m at] a loss for words. What a group of kids. They won. The work they put in to see that come and now the looks on their faces, they’ve earned this.”
Sunday’s victory puts this year’s edition of the Notre Dame Hounds in elite company; no team has gone undefeated in regulation time since the Riverains de Richelieu in 1987. Notre Dame’s 1986 team also accomplished the feat. The Hounds have now won Canada’s National Midget Championship five times (1980, 1986, 2009, 2010, 2018), and earned nine medals – two silver, and two bronze.
A Humboldt Broncos’ Humboldt Strong banner hung in the Hounds’ dressing room all week. The team carried the banner onto the ice as part of their celebration, with the Saskatchewan-based players held it as the team skated up to collect their gold medals.
“You could feel the presence of all of them here with us today, and all of them rooting for us back home,” said Mylymok of the players and families involved in the tragedy last month. “We couldn’t be any more happy to represent the province of Saskatchewan, our school. It’s just an unbelievable feeling to be able to play for those guys.”
The Hounds became the first team to ever win five national titles and the first team to win all seven games in regulation at Canada’s National Midget Championship since the Riverains du Richelieu in 1987. They also set the record for consecutive games without a loss at the tournament, at 22.
The win also completed a perfect 20-0 postseason for Notre Dame, which went 9-0 to win the SMAAAHL championship, and won all four games at the West Regional before going seven-for-seven in northern Ontario. In total, the Hounds went 59-5 this season.
Mylymok finished the tournament as the leading scorer, racking up nine goals and 13 points in seven games. He was at his best when it mattered most, recording six points in two medal round games. The Hounds had Quinn Schmiemann win the Top Defenceman award at the tournament, while Brad Morrissey earned the Most Sportsmanlike award.
The 2019 TELUS Cup will be held April 22-28 in Thunder Bay, Ont., with the Thunder Bay Kings playing host.