The Flames twice burned up the Canucks’ lead before a third period surge gave the Canucks the title at the Whitehorse Minor Hockey Association’s Closing Tournament on Sunday at the Canada Games Centre.
The Canucks beat the Flames 6-4 in the final of the timbit division.
“They beat us in the round-robin, 7-6, and it was another close game today,” said Canucks head coach Kirk Price. “The kids played hard and had a lot of fun.”
The Canucks went 2-1 in the round-robin to place second behind the Flames, who went undefeated into the final.
The Flames fought back from two goals down to tie the final 3-3 in the second and came back from one goal down to make it 4-4 in the third.
With eight minutes left on the clock, Canucks’ Kieran Price found the five-hole to make it 5-4, 40 seconds before teammate Alix Walchuk knocked in a rebound to make it 6-4.
Canuck Drake Cooper had a hat trick in the game and teammate Justus Bourassa had a goal and an assist.
“Drake Cooper and Alix Walchuk, and Katelyn O’Brian, scored quite a bit of goals through the tournament as well,” said Price. “They were our faster skaters and team-players.”
Jaxson Long, Noah Kinney, Harlen Koyczan and Maddix Larocque scored for the Flames in the final.
In the battle for bronze, the Wild defeated the Penguins 6-5.
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