Calgary, AB – The 5th Annual Rocky Mountain Classic concluded on Sunday at Winsport (COP) in Calgary, highlighted by a highly anticipated and spirited championship game featuring Yale Academy and Delta Academy.
Gold Medal Game – Yale Academy (4) vs. Delta Academy (1)
Leading into Sunday’s action, Yale and Delta each carried undefeated records through their opening five games of action. Yale downed Lethbridge, Rocky Mountain, Calgary Royals, Saint Albert, and the Calgary Bisons by a combined goal differential of 23-6.
At the other end, Delta begin its tournament with a hard fought 3-2 win over Notre Dame, before charging through the tournament with four straight games scoring seven or more goals each game, including wins over the Winnipeg Monarchs, Calgary Flames, OHA Edmonton, and POE. They posted a combined 33-8 goal differential throughout the weekend.
Yale’s Ethan Bowen opened the scoring with a beautiful snipe in the opening minutes of the period to give his team an early 1-0 lead. Cameron MacDonald would add to the lead midway through the first to hold a 2-0 lead through the opening frame, despite Delta outshooting Yale 23-8.
Tyson Phare would give Yale a commanding 3-0 lead by sniping one past Delta netminder Dylan Garand. With only 2.8 seconds left in the second, Delta would cut into the opposition’s lead to make it 3-1 after two periods.
Delta would rally in the third by significantly outshooting and outchancing the opposition, but an outstanding goaltending performance by Andreai Proctor-Ramirez was the difference for Yale.
Davis Frank added insurance to give his team a 4-1 lead midway through the third, which would be the eventual end result to clinch the championship title.
Bronze Medal Game – POE (6) vs. Calgary Bisons (0)
In Bronze Medal action, POE, led by Connor McClennon and Kyle Crnkovic, earned a 6-0 win over the Calgary Bisons to clinch the bronze. Crnkovic, who led the tournament in scoring with 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points in 6 games, notched two assists for POE in Sunday’s action. McClennon, who finished second in tournament scoring with 10 goals and three assists for 13 points, had four goals in the bronze medal game.
POE’s Ben King (6-7-13), Kamloops’ Logan Stankoven (7-3-10), along with Delta’s Payton Mount (5-8-13) and Justin Sourdif (8-2-10), rounded out the tournament scoring leaders.
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