CORNWALL, Ont. - The Oakville (Ont.) Blades are no longer ashamed of their play at the RBC Cup junior A national hockey championship.
Oakville vaulted back into contention for a semifinal berth Wednesday, earning a wild 7-6 victory over the Humboldt (Sask.) Broncos in a wild matinee game.
In other action Wednesday, the Camrose (Alta.) Kodiaks locked up the first semifinal berth with a 2-1 victory over the host Cornwall Colts.
A back-and-forth thriller swung in the Blades' direction for good in the third period when they scored three times in a 2:02 span to rally to a 7-5 lead. Welsh's power-play goal tied it at 4:58 of the third. Geoff Guimond put the Blades in front 47 seconds later.
A Lindsay Sparks snap shot from the bottom of the circle at the seven-minute mark extended Oakville's lead, and held up as the game winner.
The Blades can clinch a spot in one of two Saturday semifinals with a win over top-ranked Camrose on Thursday. Humboldt (1-2) needs a win over the Pictou County (N.S.) Weeks Crushers (1-2) to advance.
Sparks finished with a pair of goals, while Dustin Alcock added a single.
Matthew Kirzinger countered with two goals for the Broncos, while Dane Lindskog, Scott Schroeder, Brady Wacker and Tanner Vandesype also scored in defeat.
In Wednesday's late game, the Kodiaks (3-0) held off the Colts on a pair of goals from Dylan Olsen. Camrose netminder Allen York made the lead stand, stopping just nine shots in the victory.
Darcy Findlay had the lone goal for Cornwall (2-2), while Justin Roethlingshoefer made 27 saves in defeat.