A huge performance from the Senior AAA Rosetown Redwings in last night's quarterfinal at the 2019 Allan Cup has them playing tonight in one of the semifinals.
After building a three-goal lead between the first and second periods, the Redwings never allowed the Prairie Thunder to make a comeback in the game. Rosetown held on to win the game 4-2 in front of a bustling crowd in Lacombe, Alberta. Jordan Johnston, Kyle Ireland, Jared Jagow and Zachery Zadorozniak all found the back of the net for the Redwings.
Despite the Thunder going two for five on the man advantage, they couldn't solve Wings goaltender Nik Amundrud during even strength play. The former Saskatoon Blade, who started in his first game of the tournament, frustrated the Manitobans with 39 saves to help the Redwings move on to the next round.
This was also the first time Rosetown were held scoreless on the power play in the tournament. In their two contests prior to the quarterfinal, the Wings capitalized on five of their ten power play opportunities between Innisfail (3/6) and Stoney Creek (2/4). Last night, the Wings went 0 for 5.
The Redwings are now in one of tonight's semifinals against an opponent they are all too familiar with. It will be an Allan Cup Hockey West showdown at the Gary Moe Sportsplex as the Lacombe Generals will host the Redwings in front of the Lacombe faithful.
Fans may have thought yesterday's Rosetown game versus South East would turn out to be one of the best matchups in the tournament. But tonight's clash between the ACHW rivals may prove to be the best game of the 2019 Allan Cup other than the final.
Rosetown and Lacombe tied their season series 3-3 during the 2018-2019 regular season. The Redwings were bounced out of the playoffs early after getting swept by the Innisfail Eagles; Lacombe went on to defeat Innisfail in three games in the final to claim the 2019 ACHW championship.
The Generals have finished as runners up in the two previous Allan Cup tournaments and would love nothing more than to finally win the cup in their community with the nation watching live on their televisions. As for the Redwings, they're gunning for their first championship in club history and are hoping to become the first Saskatchewan team since the Lloydminster Border Kings in 2007 to win the trophy.
Tonight's semifinal between the Rosetown Redwings and Lacombe Generals begins at 8:00 p.m. MDT from Lacombe, Alberta. The winner will play in tomorrow's final at 6:00 p.m. either between the Stoney Creek Generals or the Innisfail Eagles.
Innisfail won their quarterfinal match 5-1 yesterday over the Haut-Madawaska Panthers. Meanwhile Stoney Creek earned themselves a bye to the semis after claiming the first seed following round robin action.