WINNIPEG — Scoring six unanswered goals, including four in less than five minutes to open the third period, the Kelvin Clippers could not be stopped on Saturday night.
The Clippers defeated the Oak Park Raiders 6-2 in the semifinal game of the 2012 Milk Provincial AAAA Boys’ High School Hockey Provincial Championship at Eric Coy Arena.
Kelvin, which got into the provincials on a wild-card berth, will now meet the St. Paul’s Crusaders in the championship final on Monday at 8 p.m. at Eric Coy Arena.
St. Paul’s had earned a bye straight to the final with a 4-0 win over Kelvin in the last round robin game of the tournament at noon on Saturday. The players of the game were goaltender Adam Vanderlinden of St. Paul’s and Dominic Blouin of Kelvin.
"Getting to the final, it means a chance at redemption, we get to meet St. Paul’s again," said Clippers forward Mike Lorange, who scored his team's first goal with 1:11 left in the second period. His team was trailing 2-0 at the time.St. Paul’s beat Kelvin 3-2 in the deciding game of the city championship last Monday. "They beat us in the (city) finals and it hurt a lot but we’ve got to keep our heads up and get the win."
Sirrell said Kelvin beat St. Paul’s in their first four meetings and St. Paul’s won the next three.
In the third period, the Clippers got goals from Dylan Allary and Chad Pearch just 17 seconds apart to take a 3-2 lead in the first three minutes of the period. A bizarre goal from Isaac Bellan that banked off a Raiders’ defenceman and off the post into the net followed by a slapshot goal by Pearch put Kelvin up 5-2 with 13 minutes left to play. Beau Zelenwich’s power-play marker at 15:03 sealed the deal.
It was a difficult loss for Oak Park which won the 2011 provincial crown beating St. Paul’s 4-3 in the final game.
"We were ready to go, we were prepared, had a really good start to the game," said Raiders head coach Joel Nedecky whose got goals from Yeroschak and Alex Hollyoake to lead 2-0 midway through the second frame. "But a couple goals went in that as a team we would really have liked to have back and then it seemed like that really took the win out of our sails and deflated us and then we just couldn’t get it back."
In the Saturday morning round-robin contest, Oak Park edged Brandon’s Crocus Plains Plainsmen 3-2. The players of the game were Cory Yeroschak of Oak Park and Crocus Plains" Tyler Ingraham.