From: Hockey Canada Website
New year, new city, same result for the Camrose Kodiaks.
DU recruits Shawn Ostrow had two assists and Joe Colbone added another assist as the Pacific Region champions opened the 2008 RBC Cup with a 5-1 win over the Weeks (Nova Scotia) Crushers on Sunday afternoon.
The win moves the Kodiaks to an impressive 18-6 all-time at the National Junior A Championship, spanning five visits (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008). It also moves Camrose head coach Boris Rybalka to within one of Dwight McMillan’s record of 19 wins by a head coach at a Canadian national hockey championship.
A team usually led by snipers Jesse Todd, Mike Connolly and Colborne, the Kodiaks relied on offense from the defense against the Crushers, getting goals from blueliners Olsen, Stollery and Petiot to rebound from an early 1-0 hole.
Weeks, the East Region champions from Nova Scotia, who beat three league champions in four days at the regional championship to cement their underdog status, opened the scoring just shy of the eight-minute mark, as Andrew Joudrey took a pass from the corner and beat Camrose goaltender Allen York.
The Camrose powerplay took over from there, capitalizing on three of their first four chances to take control of the game. The Kodiaks finished 3-for-7 with the man advantage.
The Kodiaks hit the ice next on Monday afternoon (2:00 p.m. ET), when they take on the Humboldt Broncos in what could be a preview of Sunday’s championship game, while the Crushers face the Oakville Blades on Monday night (7:00 p.m. ET).