Team Saskatchewan Men's U16 Program Finished 4th at CWG 2019
Monday, February 25, 2019 - With week one (1) officially complete at the Canada Winter Games, the Team Saskatchewan Men's Hockey program placed 4th amonst the 13 provinces and territories. The result achieved by this year's team was the best result for Team Saskatchewan since claiming Gold at the 1995 Canada Winter Games.
Team Saskatchewan began the tournament in Pool B amongst familiar compeition. Their opponents were the three (3) western branches that normally would all take part in the WHL CUP, if not for it being a Canada Winter Games year. Team Saskatchewan opened with a stunner of a victory against the hosts, Team Alberta. The game would be a back and forth afair with Saskatchewan trailing most of the game. Team Saskatchewan would tie the game at 3-3, midway through the 3rd period on a goal by Logan Linklater (Kindersley) and then in overtime would see the sudden victory goal scored by Nolan Allan (Davidson) to cap a 4-3 win. The following day, Team Saskatchewan played Team B.C. to a 4-3 regulation loss. Two (2) goals from Cole Sillinger (Regina) and another by Kevin Anderson (Regina) would prove to not be enough to take home the win that day. The last game of the round-robin was against Team Manitoba and would ultimately determine Saskatchewan's fate in the next round. The boys in green put forth an all-around team effort and skated to a 7-1 victory on goals by Kevin Anderson, Blake Swetlikoff (Regina), Gabriel Klassen (Prince Albert), Nolan Allan, Joe Arnsten (Swift Current) and two (2) goales by Logan Linklater. With the completion of that game, Saskatchewan would finish in 2nd place behind Team Alberta with five (5) points in the standings (regulation win, overtime win and regulation loss).
Pool B - Preliminary Results
With the preliminary round complete, the Quarter-final game would pit Saskatchewan against Team Nova Scotia. The two teams would trade goales in the 1st period of play. Nova Scotia would then open the scoring in the 2nd period before Team Saskatchewan would get goals from Logan Linklater and Gabriel Klassen. The game would then be blown open with Ashton Ferster (Prince Albert) scoring in the 3rd period and Nolan Allan and Cole Sillinger adding empty netters for a 6-3 win. Goaltender Brett Mirwald (Saskatoon) stopped 34 shots en-route to the victory.
The Semi-final would witness Team Saskatchewan take on the top seed from Pool A, in Team Quebec. A strong 1st period lead by goals from Ashton Ferster and Blake Swetlikoff would take Saskatchewan up 2-0 at the break. Team Quebec would roar back with four (4) goals in the 2nd period to tilt the ice in their favour before finishing the game with two (2) more goals in the 3rd. Saskatchewan would add a goal from Cole Sillinger but Team Quebec proved to be stronger in a 6-3 game.
With the loss, Team Saskatchewan would play in the Bronze Medal game. The opponent would be a rematch of the overtime thriller against Team Alberta. This time around, Team Alberta would get the last laugh as they eased to a 12-0 victory. The result was not what Saskatchewan had in mind but looking back on the week that was, Saskatchewan should be proud of the effort during these six (6) games.
Our Male Hockey team had a solid week of competition at the Canada Winter Games, and our athletes and coaching staff have tons to be proud of. We had a great start to our tournament, beating Alberta and Manitoba in the round robin to finish second in our pool. We continued to do well as we beat Nova Scotia in the quarter finals. For the first time since 1995, when Team Sask Men's Hockey won gold and was captained by Patrick Marleau, our team made it to the semifinals. We came up short against Quebec in the semifinals and lost to Alberta in the Bronze game yesterday. We are very proud of the team by how they played this week by finishing fourth at the Canada Games.
Joel Houseman, Director of Operations, Senior Coordinator of High-Performance
Team Saskatchewan Scorers
Players who registered at least one (1) point, as per CWG Results Male