2002 Royal Bank Cup Championship Game

By Mike Simon

2002 Royal Bank Cup Championship Game

May 12th 2002 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Championship Game – Halifax Oland Exports (MarJHL) VS. OCN Blizzard (MJHL)

Going into today’s championship game Halifax was the perfect 5-0 in Round Robin/Semi Final play in the 2002 RBC Cup. While OCN came into the game with a 3-2 record. Those records aside it came down to one final game for these teams today.

The two teams played a well discipline, tight defensive first period of play. With the only goal of the period coming at the 8:04 mark by OCN center Russell Smith who wired the puck past Halifax goalie Andrew Sim. Justin Williams and Jamie Muswagon picked up the assists on Smith’s goal.

Halifax finally got onto the board early into the second period with a early goal at 1:57, by Halifax native Rob Dunphy who banged the puck past OCN goalie Marc-Andre Leclerc. Jason Snow picked up the only assist on Dunphy’s goal.

After two periods of play the game was tied 1-1

Going into the third both teams continued their tight defensive play. Finally at the 12:13 mark of the third Halifax Native BJ Brown lifted the puck over Leclerc’s shoulder the give Halifax the 2-1 with less then 8 minutes to go in the game. Jason Snow picked up his second assist of the game.

With both goalies coming up with some great saves to keep there team in the game late in the third OCN pulled their goalie for the extra attacker. But Halifax goalie Andrew Sim held ground not allowing OCN to get the game tying goal.

Halifax iced the game at 19:30 with a empty net goal from Francis Cloutier. To give Halifax the victory infront of 3,143 fans at the Halifax Fourm.

With the win the Halifax Oland Exports became the second team from the Maritime Junior ‘A’ Hockey League to win the National Junior ‘A’ Championship dating back to the cup’s beginning in 1971. The first team to capture this championship was the Summerside Western Capitals, lead by Columbus Blue Jackets Assistant coach Gerard Gallant in 1997 when they hosted the event.

Final Score – Halifax 3, OCN 1

Shots on Goal:
Halifax – 31
OCN – 29

Players of the Game:
OCN – Russell Smith
Halifax – Andrew Sim