Jr. Sens pushed to limit again at RBC Cup

Ottawa Citizen - - SPORTS - DAR­REN DESAULNIERS

WILD 3, JR. SENS 2 SO

Glass half-full types would be en­cour­aged that the Ot­tawa Jr. Sen­a­tors have yet to lose in reg­u­la­tion at the RBC Cup in Chilliwack, B.C. Glass half-empty folks would be down over the fact they haven’t won in reg­u­la­tion.

But the Jr. Sens are in good shape and con­trol their own fate as they close out the round-robin por­tion of the tour­na­ment late Wed­nes­day night.

After an over­time win and an over­time loss in their first two games, the Jr. Sens took it all the way to the fifth round of a shootout Tues­day be­fore drop­ping a 3-2 de­ci­sion to the We­natchee Wild, the Pa­cific rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the tour­na­ment.

A win Wed­nes­day would se­cure a spot in Satur­day ’s semi­fi­nals. Ot­tawa will face the West­ern-rep­re­sen­ta­tive Stein­bach Pis­tons, who had the day off Tues­day, but have only reg­u­la­tion and over­time losses to boast of this far in the tour­na­ment.

Con­nor Hicks was again solid in the Ot­tawa goal, turn­ing aside 36 of 38 shots through reg­u­la­tion, but didn’t face a sin­gle shot in the 10-minute over­time.

We­natchee’s Cooper Zech and Matt Dorsey beat Hicks in the shootout, while only Gabriel Morin scored for the Jr. Sens in the shootout. Wild goalie Austin Pack stopped Finn Evans with the fi­nal at­tempt to get the win.

The round robin con­cludes Thurs­day with two games, while the semi­fi­nal games are Satur­day. The gold-medal game is Sun­day at 7 p.m.

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