Yorkton Terriers triumph in RBC Cup final

Yorkton Terriers captain Devon McMullen exults as he accepts the RBC Cup following his team
Yorkton Terriers captain Devon McMullen exults as he accepts the RBC Cup following his team's 4-3 overtime win against the Carleton Place Canadians in Sunday's Canadian Junior A hockey championship final at Vernon's Kal Tire Place.
— image credit: Roger Knox/morning star

Derek Falloon never saw the biggest goal he's ever scored in hockey go in the net.

But he'll hear about it forever.

Falloon stuffed the puck through Carleton Place Canadians goalie Guillaume Therien's pads and the disc just trickled over the goal line at 15:0l of the first sudden death overtime period to lift the Yorkton Terriers to a 4-3 win in the RBC Cup Canadian Junior A hockey championship in front of a partisan Yorkton crowd of 2,500 fans Sunday at Kal Tire Place.

It's Yorkton's first-ever national championship and it comes in their fifth appearance in the tournament.

They lost the 2006 championship final in Streetsville, Ont. to Kyle Turris and the Burnaby Express.

"I won the face-off, it went back to our d-man, he shot it on net and I just jammed it five-hole," smiled Falloon, the toast of Russell, Man. and second cousin to former NHL star Pat Falloon, of his tournament winner. "I never saw the puck go in as their goalie was in the way."

The last time the RBC Cup final went to overtime was in 1995 in Gloucester, Ont., when the host Rangers lost 5-4 to the Calgary Canucks.

It was Falloon's second overtime goal of the 2014 tournament. He scored in extra time to give the Saskatchewan champs a 2-1 win over the Dauphin Kings in Yorkton's final round robin game Thursday, which clinched a semifinal berth.

Carleton Place was three minutes away from winning the RBC Cup for the first time in its first-ever tournament appearance, leading 3-1.

But goals eight seconds apart by Tanner Lishchynsky at 17:12, and Dylan Johnson at 17:20, tied the game for Yorkton.

The Canadians survived a Yorkton power play early in overtime when Carleton Place forward Brett D'Andrea was whistled for a blow to the head.

Terriers forward Brett Boehm came within inches of being the hero a minute before Falloon's marker as he slid the puck under Therien's arm. However, the puck hugged the goal line and went past the far post.

Carleton Place, the East region champions, snapped a 1-1 tie in the second period with goals from Stephen Baylis and Andy Sturtz.

The Canadians opened the scoring at 9:21 of the first period on a marker from fifth-year player Anthony McVeigh.

Yorkton tied it up six minutes later on a goal by Daylan Gatzke.

It's the second time the City of Vernon has played host to the national Junior A hockey championship and, both times, the championship game went to overtime. The Vernon Lakers beat the New Westminster Royals 6-5 in the 1990 final at the Civic Arena.

See Wednesday's Morning Star for more details and coverage...



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