Daily Dose of the Dub: Savoie to be affiliated by Crusaders? Tracey and Krebs lead Canada to 5-3 win over Finland

Savoie headed to Crusaders? 

In an interview with Tyler Yaremchuk of TSN1260 and the Inside the Cru podcast, Kyle Chase, the GM of the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders, said “Our intention is to affiliate him” when asked about the projected first overall pick in this year’s WHL bantam draft Matthew Savoie. Savoie had applied to Hockey Canada for exceptional status earlier this year which would have allowed him to play a full season of major junior next season. Hockey Canada denied that application and thus Savoie can only play in a maximum of five games in junior before his club team’s season ends. However, Chase said in the interview that there is a discussion about Savoie playing as many as 10-15 games.

Also of note in the interview, Chase says Carter Savoie intends to return to the Crusaders for the 2019-20 season. The Winnipeg ICE (who hold the first overall pick in this year’s bantam draft) had acquired the elder Savoie’s WHL rights from the Regina Pats presumably as part of a plan to lure Matthew to the WHL.

Krebs, Tracey lead Team Canada to a 5-3 victory

Team Canada opened their U18 World Championships on Thursday with a victory 5-3 victory over Finland. It wasn’t a great start to the game as Canada trailed 3-0 midway through the game. However, they rallied with five unanswered goals to pick up the victory. Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brayden Tracey led the way with two goals and was named player of the game while Winnipeg ICE forward Peyton Krebs had one goal and one assist. Kamloops Blazers forward Connor Zary and Kelowna Rockets defenseman Kaedan Korczak each added an assist in the victory. In between the pipes, Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier made 39 saves on 42 shots for a .929 save percentage.

Elsewhere around the U-18s

Also of note, Moose Jaw Warriors forward Yegor Buyalsky scored in Belarus’ 4-3 victory over the Czech Republic while Prince George Cougars forward Matej Toman had an assist for the Czechs.

Canada-Russia series heads to Saskatchewan

The highly-anticipated Canada vs. Russia series will be heading to Saskatchewan this fall as Saskatoon will play host on November 13th and Prince Albert will host on November 14th. The series acts as a mid-season look at some of the players that could represent Canada and Russia at the upcoming world juniors.

Lowry sets Jets record

In the NHL, Adam Lowry (204 points in 235 games played with Swift Current) broke the Winnipeg Jets franchise record for fastest goal to start a playoff game when he scored just 12 seconds into Game five of their Western Conference first-round series against the St. Louis. Blues.

 

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