MATCH 8: Durham Lords 2, Red Deer Kings 0
The host Durham Lords punched their ticket to the CCAA Championship Final after a convincing 2-0 win against the Red Deer Kings.
Durham’s Joshua Lee nearly opened the scoring following a run up the middle of the field, but his effort rung off the post. Durham continued to press and opened the scoring when Jose Flores saw his free kick slip through Red Deer’s goalkeeper Jacob Hamilton’s hands to take a 1-0 lead into the break.
Shortly into the second half, the Lords got their insurance goal when Lee secured the ball at the top of the box before curling a shot into the top right corner. The host Lords then stood firm on backline as Red Deer looked to find their way back into the match. Durham prevailed with the 2-0 win.
Tyreik Bryan was selected as the 4imprint Player of the Game for Durham, while Turner Johnson received the award for Red Deer.
MATCH 7: VIU Mariners 2*, Humber Hawks 1
The VIU Mariners are back in the national championship final after a penalty shootout win against the Humber Hawks following a 1-1 tie after 90 minutes.
The Hawks took a 1-0 lead as Julian Desousa got an early goal to open the first semi-final of the day. Desousa was close to getting his second of the game just before the half but his effort was parried away by Kevin Pickard. Heading into the break Humber held a slender 1-0 advantage.
VIU tied the game up in the 65th minute when Cole Senchar rose up to head home a cross from the corner.
VIU went on to win in penalties to secure a berth into the CCAA Championship gold medal game for the second time in three years after winning the national tournament in 2017.
Shun Takano won the 4imprint Player of the Game award for VIU, with Nicholas Machado picking up the honour for Humber.
MATCH 6: Douglas Royals 4, Holland Hurricanes 3
The Douglas Royals have revived their chances of picking up a bronze medal after a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Holland Hurricanes on Thursday.
The first goal of the game came in the 35th minute when Royals forward Taylor Richardson’s shot was too powerful for Hurricanes keeper Hayden Porter to keep out. Just five minutes later it was 2-0 for the Royals when Joshua Penny got his first goal of the tournament to give Douglas a two-goal lead heading into halftime.
Not long after the break Alex Lourenso got his second goal of the championship to put Holland on the board. However just seconds after the restart Douglas restored their two-goal lead courtesy of Richardson once again. Kaito Yamamoto made it 3-2 to get Holland back in the game, but again Douglas responded instantly with their fourth goal of the game. Yamamoto would score his second of the match in the 84th minute, but Holland were unable to find an equalizer to send the match to penalties.
Richardson was named the 4imprint Player of the Game for Douglas, while Jonathan Mackenzie was awarded the honour for Holland.
MATCH 5: Ch. Saint-Lambert Cavliers 3, Lethbridge Kodiaks 0
The Champlain Cavaliers are still in the hunt for a bronze medal after their 3-0 win over the Lethbridge Kodiaks on Thursday morning.
The opening goal of the game came in the seventh minute when Zakaria Bahous slid through the Lethbridge defence and found the bottom left corner. Just five minutes later the Cavaliers made it 2-0 when there was a scramble in the box from a corner and midfielder Hugo Dufresne poked home from close range.
Tempers were flaring in the second half and Ben Knight of Lethbridge was shown a straight red card in the 54th minute. Champlain had a few more chances, and even had the ball in the back of the net on two occasions, but both were called offside. Eventually, Arnaud Toupin was through on goal for the Cavaliers and calmly found the bottom left corner to make it 3-0 and put Champlain into the next round.
The 4imprint Players of the Game were Jeremy Tremblay from Champlain and Chris Anton from Lethbridge.
*Note: Match decided by PKs