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The win was the sixth in seven


Posted 11:46 pm, 05/10/2020

CAMROSE, Alta. https://www.lasvegas.../28-Jersey . - The wins just keep adding up for Mike McEwen. A day after needing an extra end to beat Glenn Howard of Penetanguishene, Ont. in the semifinals, the Winnipeg native broke out to a big lead early and never trailed en route to defeating Olympic Gold medallist Brad Jacobs 8-3 in Sundays mens final of the Canada Cup. The win was the sixth in seven events this season for the McEwen foursome. It feels like an explosion of wins the last few months, he said. Its beyond our expectations. We knew we could be the best team in the world but we had to find a new level. After making a relatively simple tap back to score two in the first end, the McEwen crew of third B.J. Neufeld, second Matt Wozniak and lead Denni Neufeld stole three in the second for a 5-0 lead. Jacobs and his rink of third Ryan Fry, second E.J. Harnden and lead Ryan Harnden tacked on two in the third but McEwen responded with a pick up of two in the fourth end to make it 7-2. That was a gift, McEwen said of the steal and the 5-0 advantage. Thats not going to happen against a team like that very often, it might not happen again for years. It just shows that being off just a little bit, whether its a few extra feet of weight or a few inches of line can dramatically swing a game. We came out sloppy, a dejected Jacobs said of the first end. They got two corners on us. It looked real good from that point on if you were McEwen. They got up to a 5-0 lead and that was pretty much game over. The McEwen foursome wasnt missing much, shooting a combined 89 per cent, and even when they did give Jacobs chance in the seventh to get back in the game, the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. native couldnt capitalize. Needing just a hit and stick for two, Jacobs got the hit but his shooter rolled out, scoring one and the teams shook hands one end later. Earlier in the day, Edmontons Val Sweeting scored a deuce in the ninth end and earned a steal in the 10th to win the womens final with a 6-3 victory over Ottawas Rachel Homan. Team Sweeting It was a small measure of revenge for Sweeting, who lost to Homan in the final of the Tournament of Hearts last February. A great team game, probably our strongest game all week, start to finish and from lead to skip, said Sweeting after high-fiving part of the large crowd of supporters from her hometown of Vegreville, Alta., just east of Edmonton. Homans last-rock takeout attempt in Sundays ninth end hung wide and failed to remove Sweetings shot rock from the rings, allowing the Edmonton skip to calmly draw for a go-ahead deuce to break a 3-3 tie. I thought it would curl there, the inturn close to the line and it just never came up, Homan said of her shot. It just kind of tracked halfway down the sheet and never came up. Sweetings steal in the 10th end sealed the win. https://www.lasvegas.../37-Jersey .com) - James van Riemsdyk had two goals with one assist to help the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. https://www.lasvegas.../80-Jersey . Philippe Desrosiers stopped 42 shots through overtime and three more in the shootout to pick up his third shutout of the season for Rimouski (31-15-7). Zachary Fucale made 28 saves for Halifax (34-17-3) in the loss. GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Derek Morris and his Phoenix Coyotes teammates have their offence going strong and are piling up victories. Mikkel Boedker scored the lone shootout goal in the fifth round to lift the Coyotes to a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night after falling into an early three-goal deficit. "It was a Jekyll-and-Hyde night," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said, "a perfect ending." Morris scored, Jordan Szwarz added his first NHL goal for Phoenix, which has points in 10 of its past 11 games and is 9-3-2 on the season. Ten Phoenix players recorded at least a point. "I think we all believe we all can contribute in some way or form," Morris said. "We believe in ourselves. I dont know if theres ever a good way to fall behind, but we were fortunate to make it 4-4." Thomas Greiss made 36 saves and stopped all five shootout attempts for the Coyotes, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit. "I think it depends on how you fall behind," Tippett said. "After the first period, its not like we thought we were dead and out of it. The feeling was lets see if we can get a break and well get back into it." David Legwand had a goal and two assists -- all in the first period -- and Matt Hendricks, Eric Nystrom and Paul Gaustad also scored for the Predators. Nashville was playing the first game of a franchise-record 17-day, seven-game road swing to accommodate the Country Music Awards on Nov. 6 at Bridgestone Arena. "We shot ourselves in the foot," Nystrom said. "That cant happen. Its tough. We should have had two points in that game, 100 per cent." Gaustad gave the Predators a 4-2 lead on a rebound at 4:15 of the third before the Coyotes rallied. Doan cut the lead to 4-3 on a power-play goal from the bottom of the left circle at 6:16. A little more than two minutes later, Doan found a streaking Antoine Vermette skating down the slot behind the Predators defence. "We made too many mistakes," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Thats not smart hockey." Defenceman Seth Jones, wwho had started toward the bench for a line change, hooked Vermette down but not before the centre slid the puck between Carter Huttons pads. https://www.lasvegas.../98-Jersey. Hendricks gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 9:00 of the first period, taking a long outlet pass from Legwand at the Phoenix blue line and scoring from the top of the right circle. Nystrom made it 2-0 at 14:12, fighting off Lauri Korpikoski in front of the net and scoring off a pass from Patric Hornqvist standing at the bottom of the left circle. Nashville had a two-man advantage for 62 seconds near the end of the period and Legwand took advantage, bouncing a shot from just off the goal line right of the net off the right skate of Coyotes defenceman Zbynek Michalek standing at the top of the crease. Michalek set up Szwarz early in the second with a cross-ice pass and the rookie, playing in his second career game, lofted a soft wrist shot toward the net which slid under Huttons glove. Morris cut the lead to 3-2 at 9:51 of the period on a rising slap shot from the top of the right circle. Doan nearly tied the game with six minutes left in the period, slipping a shot between Huttons pads, but Viktor Stalberg reached behind the goalie and cleared the puck inches off the goal line. Hutton finished with 21 saves. NOTES: Tippett tied Bobby Francis for first place on the franchise wins list with 156. ... Phoenix is one of four teams in the league which has not lost at home in regulation (6-0-1). ... Doan has three goals and an assist in five career games on Halloween. ... Nashville is unbeaten in regulation when scoring first (5-0-2). ... Hendricks left the game 33 seconds into the second period with an upper-body injury after a collision with Morris. ... Coyotes C Jeff Halpern missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Legwand has seven points -- a goal and six assists -- in his past six games. ... Phoenix has been outscored 17-5 in the first period. ... Szwarz was recalled from Portland of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. ... Phoenix leads the league with 40 points scored by defencemen. ' ' '

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