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02.06.2020
Saskatchewan & Pacific Storm punch their tickets to National Finals.

 
The 2020 edition of the annual Crossover is now over after 39 games were played at the Kinsmen Centre in Edmonton, AB. In the end, the 19U Women from Saskatchewan repeated as champions while the 19U Men from Pacific Storm won their first Crossover championship. With these championships, both Saskatchewan and Pacific Storm now automatically qualify for the National Finals held in Montreal.
 

Winning the Crossover did not come easy for Saskatchewan as almost every game was close. In their first game, they needed a last-second goal from Hanna Kruppi to secure the 9-8 victory against the Calgary Renegades. In their second game against Fraser Valley, they held a 4 goal lead in the fourth quarter before Fraser Valley mounted a huge comeback scoring 5 unanswered goals to take the lead 9-8. Taeghen Hack again would come up big as she would tie the game with under three minutes to go, and Kimberly Frostad would score the game-winner with just over a minute left in the game as Saskatchewan would win 10-9. In their third game, Saskatchewan would lose to host Edmonton Tsunami 9-8. That loss seemed to spark the team as they would go on to win the next two games by a combined score of 23-9. This included their semi-final game against the Renegades in which they won 10-4.

 

To determine the other finalist, fans were treated to a fantastic game. Edmonton came into the game undefeated, and Storm came in ranked fourth with 3 losses. It looked like a classic mismatch, but nobody told Storm this as they went toe-to-toe with Tsunami, matching them almost goal for goal. With just under two minutes remaining, Storm was holding on to a 1 goal lead. It would not last long as Holly Fedyck would score on the penalty shot to tie the game. No goals were scored after that as the game would end tied 10-10. In the shootout, the two teams would trade one miss entering the 5th round. In the 5th round, Cassidy Thorne would be the hearo as she saved the penalty shot attempt and then scored the game-winner on her team’s next attempt.

 

In the final, Saskatchewan was looking to change the script from the last time they faced Tsunami. As with the previous two games, Saskatchewan put out a great defensive effort, holding Tsunami to just two goals through three quarters. Entering the fourth Saskatchewan held a small 4-2 lead and was looking to put the game away. It did not come easy as Tsunami would score three goals in the quarter to make it close. However, Saskatchewan would not be deterred as they would score 4 goals of their own to take the game 8-5. Goalie Rumina Edgerton played well as she made 9 saves in the game as well as having a steal. With the victory, Saskatchewan continues their streak as they now have qualified for all National Finals since the NCL’s inception.

 

On the Men’s side, Pacific Storm had a much different road to the Championship than Saskatchewan. The Storm came into the event undefeated at 9-0, and they left little doubt about how they got that record afterwards. In the round-robin, the Storm put on a clinic as they would go 6-0, winning all of their games convincingly. The offence was incredible as they averaged almost 20 goals per game. Connor MacMillan led the way offensively as he scored 25 goals in those six games. With a perfect round-robin, Storm received a bye into the championship.

 

In the semi-final game, Saskatchewan faced off against West Coast Warriors. Saskatchewan finished the round-robin with only one loss to Pacific Storm and came into the game as favourites as they were back to back Crossover champions. The West Coast Warriors finished tied with CAMO for the final semi-final spot, and since they tied in their only meeting, the next thing to look at was their goals for minus their goals against. In this category, it was extremely close as the West Coast Warriors beat out CAMO by just two goals. The semi-final game was tight and very defensive as no team was willing to give an inch. Heading into the fourth, Saskatchewan was clinging to a 6-4 lead. The Warriors would score a quick one to make it a one-goal game, but Saskatchewan would match them the rest of the way as they held on to win the game 8-6. Nate Eidsness and Brody McKnight were the difference makers as Eidsness would score 4 goals in the game while McKnight stopped 15 shots.

 

In the championship game, Pacific Storm showed off their offence and defence as they blew the game open with 4 goals scored and zero goals allowed in the second period. With a 6-1 lead, Storm would not let up, scoring 9 more times, winning the game convincingly 15-4. Garett Davis had a great game with 2 goals and 3 assists. While he did not lead the team in scoring, he led the tournament in assists with 16. With the win, Pacific Storm has yet to lose this year and is looking like a formidable foe for National Finals.

 

WPC would like to especially thank all the volunteers from Edmonton Tsunami, who helped to make the Crossover a fantastic event.

 

This Week in the NCL

This week, there will be 37 games played between Regina and Montreal in which most games will be for the 19U and MLWP age categories.

 
 
 
 

 


 
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