It was a tough night for the hosts of the 2018 Allan Cup and the other Saskatchewan team in the quarterfinals last night at the AGT Centre.

The first matchup of the evening featured the Bethune Bulldogs versus the Ontario champions -- the Stoney Creek Generals.

A third period marker from the Bulldogs was not enough to spark a comeback as the Generals won 3-2 to advance to the semifinals.

#17 for the Generals Sean Blanchard caught up with us after the game, and told us what it took to get past Bethune. 

"Unfortunately we played the first game with only 13 skaters and it's tough to match-up with teams like Rosetown and Lacombe when you don't have a full line-up," Blanchard said. "today (Thursday) we had a full line-up and it helped our legs at the end of the game."

 17 Sean Blanchard#17 Sean Blanchard has played with the Stoney Creek Generals since their inaugural season

In the second quarterfinal match-up, it was the Rosetown Redwings looking to get past the Atlantic's Elsipogtog Hawks in order to continue playing on home ice.

Although, it wasn't in the cards for the Redwings last night.

Despite a valiant effort from the hosts in the first half of the game, the Hawks managed to stun the home crowd and slot 5 goals past Wings goaltender Tyler Steel. 3 of those Hawks tallies came in the third period which included an empty net goal. The final score was 6-4 Elsipogtog.

20180412 222456Elsipogtog Hawks after the final buzzer in quarterfinals

Coach for the Redwings Keegan McAvoy spoke about their loss after the game. 

"We controlled probably 45 to 50 minutes of that hockey game but you gotta put pucks in the net and bury when you have chances," McAvoy said. "If you don't, you let teams linger around like that, you know they've got some offensive punch there and they capitalized when they had a chance."

He said throughout the tournament, his team has struggled to take full advantage of some of the chances they had. 

"Obviously we had some issues with our power-play the whole tournament," McAvoy said. "It's tough to win the tournament if your power-play goes cold. That was one of the things we kinda relied on all year and it kinda fell apart on us here for the past three games. You just lose momentum, your power-plays are supposed to kind of give you momentum in a hockey game and I figured that was a big turning point for us, not only in this game but in the other two games as well."

He also thanked all of the Redwings fans for their support throughout the year. 

"Just the support this week for the first three games has been incredible and I truly much appreciate Rosetown getting behind the tournament like they have. It's been definitely nice to see and you know I can't thank our corporate sponsors and everybody that helps us every year to put the team on, I can't thank them enough."

With the losses, it means both of Saskatchewan's representatives in the Allan Cup have now been eliminated from the playoff round.

One of the key components of the Hawks game on Thursday was their exceptional goal-tending. Goaltender Bryan Gillis for the Hawks caught up with us after the game to tell us about their big win. 

"It felt great," Gillis said. "I mean you come to this tournament, you wanna win games. Probably on paper a bit of an upset, but it feels good."

He told us what he thinks of the competition so far this year.

"Every team is great here," Gillis said. "It doesn't make a difference who we play, we just have to execute and out-work other teams."

30 Bryan Gillis#30 and Goalie for the Elsipogtog Hawks Bryan Gillis

The semifinals kick off this evening with a 4:00 PM showdown featuring the Stoney Creek Generals against the South East Priaire Thunder, who are the 1st place team from Division 1.

At 8:00 PM, Elsipogtog will take on the Lacombe Generals for a chance to meet in the final with the winner of Stoney Creek vs South East.

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Generals goalie Dave Brown makes a save after a shot from the Bulldogs at the top of the face-off circle. (photo: Emmett Shortt)


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