Novice Canucks plow through Senators

The Canucks caught fire for 20 minutes in the championship game, making two other periods rather inconsequential.

The Canucks caught fire for 20 minutes in the championship game, making two other periods rather inconsequential.

They scored seven second-period goals to beat the Senators 9-1 in the novice division final of the Whitehorse Minor Hockey Association’s Closing Tournament at the Canada Games Centre on Sunday.

“We’ve had a strong team all year,” said Canucks head coach Derek Johnstone. “The Senators have come on and beaten us the last two games, so the score doesn’t really depict how it was. The Senators have a better team than that.

“Everyone knew we could play better and it was a good game today.”

The Senators won Yukon’s novice championships earlier this year and went into the final as the top-seed, defeating Canucks in the round-robin.

Nine straight goals for the Canucks sent the Yukon champs reeling.

Canucks’ Johnny Timmons led the team in scoring with four goals in the final.

“He’s probably one of the strongest players in the league, if not the strongest,” said Johnstone. “We were lucky to have him on our team this year. He played well again today.”

Also scoring for the Canucks were Tanner Gurrell with one goal and three assists, Tyson Matthews with two goals and Sabastian Insley and Zander Underhill each with one goal. Jase Johnstone was in net for the Canucks.

Preventing the shutout for the Senators was Landon Cowper scoring the only third-period goal of the game with 6:27 left. Cowper took a pass in front of the Canucks net, did a little spinorama and fired it in.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

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