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Bearcats ousted from Fred Page Cup tournament

Jason Rioux played between the pipes in all three of the Truro Bearcats games at the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian junor A hockey championship this week in Terrebonne, Que.
Jason Rioux played between the pipes in all three of the Truro Bearcats games at the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian junor A hockey championship this week in Terrebonne, Que.

TERREBONNE, Que. – The Truro Bearcats were eliminated from the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian junior A hockey championship Friday after a 3-1 loss to the Carleton Place Canadians.

The Bearcats went winless in three games at the four-team tournament.

A win yesterday would have sent the Bearcats to today’s semifinal, however, Carleton Place had other plans.

The Canadians – three-time reigning champions of the Fred Page Cup – opened the scoring when William Cullen notched a power-play goal at 6:49 of the first period.

Bearcats goaltender Jason Rioux stopped Tim Theocharidis on a penalty shot at 7:31 of the second, however, the Canadians made it 2-0 on a Justin Cmunt shorthanded tally at 14:51.

Carleton Place went ahead 3-0 early in the third, as Logan Buchanan struck at 3:16. Riley Baggs scored the Bearcats’ lone goal on a power play with 4:29 remaining, assisted by Denver Lynds and Cameron MacLeod.

The Bearcats struggled with the man-advantage, going 1-for-10 on the power play.

Rioux made 20 saves. Truro directed 27 shots at Canadians goaltender Connor Hughes.

Truro opened the tournament with an 8-2 loss to host Terrebonne, before a 6-4 setback to Longueuil.

In the late game Friday, Terrebonne faced off against Longueuil. Both teams were 2-0 going into the contest. The winner earned a direct berth to Sunday’s final, while the loser meets Carleton Place in a semifinal today.

The winner of the Fred Page Cup will advance to the RBC Cup national championship later this month in Cobourg, Ont.

For highlights of yesterday’s games at the Fred Page Cup, visit fredpagecup.pointstreaksites.com .

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