Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Beats Manitoba at Canada Winter Games to Book Spot in Men's Hockey Final

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Beats Manitoba at Canada Winter Games to Book Spot in Men's Hockey Final

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Alberta books spot in gold-medal game

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - The shutdown goaltending of Ian Scott and three power-play goals from his Alberta teammates made all the difference in a 3-1 semifinal win over Manitoba Friday in men's hockey at the Canada Winter Games.

Scott, a 16-year-old Calgary native, stopped 32 shots and was only beaten by Cayden Kraus's fluttering backhander in the first period.

"It's nice to get the win, it's all about results in this tournament and you just help the team by whatever means possible," said Scott. "I had lots of help. They had lots of power-play chances but our penalty killing shut them down and we had lots of power-play offence."

Alberta opened the scoring on the first power play of the game, 4:53 into the first period. Kyle Olson took the puck in deep and found the tape of Kobe Muir's stick in front and he fired in a high shot.

Manitoba got that one back a few minutes later when Kraus took the puck off the boards at the blue-line and let go a shot past Scott.

Manitoba owned the puck for much of the second period and forced Scott to make several tough saves to keep the game deadlocked at one apiece. Leif Mattson and Tyler Campbell each had great scoring chances denied while at the other end of the ice, Alberta's offence was stagnant-- failing to register a shot until the period was almost half over.

But a couple of power plays late in the period gave the Albertans momentum and Manitoba eventually bent under the pressure. …

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