The Rosetown Redwings completed round robin play yesterday evening at the 2019 Allan Cup with a 6-3 loss against the Stoney Creek Generals.
Wings captain Jordan Johnston had himself another great performance at the tournament, recording two goals and one assist in the game. Justin Fox tallied the first goal of the evening while the Redwings were on the powerplay.
While the Redwings did find success on the powerplay once again, scoring twice on their four chances, it wasn't enough for the Saskatchewan club to keep pace with the defending Allan Cup champs in the match. Stoney Creek ended the night going one for four on the powerplay.
On the other bench, Generals captain Rob Hisey stood out in the win for his side, putting up a goal and two assists in the victory. His pass led to the game-winning goal scored by defenceman Martin Lee on a counter attack in the Redwings end.
After a great showing in Rosetown's opening match, goaltender Brody Hoffman allowed five goals on 30 shots in the contest, dropping his record to 1-1 at the tournament. In the other cage, Ryan DeMelo stopped 27 of 30 shots he faced from the Redwings in the win.
The loss for Rosetown means they'll have to play some extra hockey if they want to stay alive in the tournament. Stoney Creek's two wins in two games gives them first place in the division with the Redwings and Innisfail Eagles, meaning they receive a bye from the quarterfinals and are automatically placed in the semis.
Even though the Redwings finished the round robin second in their division with one win and one loss, they receive the fifth seed for the upcoming knockout rounds. Rosetown was tied with Haut-Madawaska, Lacombe and South East from the other division with 2 points. After the tiebreakers to determine seeding for byes and quarterfinals (head-to-head records, goals for(goals for+goals against), the Division Two teams all received higher seeds for the quarters.
Seeding of Teams after Round Robin
1. Stoney Creek (4 pts)
2. Lacombe (2 pts)
3. Haut-Madawaska (2 pts)
4. South East (2 pts)
5. Rosetown (2 pts)
6. Innisfail (0 pts)
While Stoney Creek and Lacombe receive byes from the first knockout round, it means the Rosetown Redwings will now take on the South East Prairie Thunder in one quarterfinal, while the Haut-Madawaska Panthers battle the Innisfail Eagles in the other quarterfinal.
Last time Rosetown and South East played against each other was back in the 2012 Allan Cup Final. It was a 4-1 victory for the Prairie Thunder to claim their first ever championship in heart-breaking fashion for the Wings. It'll definitely be something the Redwings players and coaches will consider when entering tonight's battle.
The Thunder have gone down a similar path as the Wings so far in the tournament. The Steinbach, Manitoba club began the tournament with a 4-2 victory over the Lacombe Generals on the first day of action. But yesterday, the Thunder were unable to handle the Panthers speed as Haut-Madawaska skated to a 4-1 win.
This will be the first time the Redwings and Thunder meet at this year's Allan Cup. No doubt it will be a tough task at hand for the Redwings; but with a chance to play in the semifinals on the line, they'll be bringing their best effort to the ice to make sure the tournament doesn't end for them this evening. While the Wings are still searching for their first Allan Cup triumph, the Thunder have won the cup on two occasions: 2012 in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and 2015 in Clarenville, Newfoundland.
Tonight's quarterfinal contest between Rosetown and South East goes this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. MDT from the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe.