ARNPRIOR, Ont. - The Seminaire Saint-Francois Blizzard clinched a playoff berth Friday with a 9-1 drubbing of the Ottawa Valley Titans at the Telus Cup Canadian midget hockey championship.
Philippe Halley and Patrick Delisle-Houde each scored twice to lead the Blizzard (2-3-0), who will face the unbeaten Winnipeg Thrashers (5-0-0) in Saturday's early semifinal. Seminaire Saint-Francois won the last three Telus Cup championships as the Gouverneurs de Ste-Foy.
Halley, Delisle-Houde and Guillaume Asselin scored in the game's opening nine-and-a-half minutes to chase Ottawa Valley starting netminder Justin Gilbert. Frederick Roy extended the lead with the lone goal of the second period, and Seminaire Saint-Francois added five goals in the third period to complete the rout.
Dominic Beausoleil, Tommy Giroux and Laurent Dumont added singles for the Blizzard.
Brent Bisdee had the lone goal for the Titans (0-4-1), spoiling netminder Jean-Phillipe Gagnon's shutout bid with 29 seconds left in the third period.
Winnipeg clinched first place in the round-robin with a 5-4 win over the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves (3-1-1). Mark Stone scored the game-winner into an empty net with 10 seconds left in the third after Sudbury pulled its goalie. The Wolves needed a victory to overtake the Thrashers for first place.
Sudbury will face Calgary in Saturday's late semifinal. The West Region-champion Buffaloes (2-2-1) concluded their round-robin with a 4-3 loss to the Cole Harbour McCains (1-3-1).
The Thrashers took home some early hardware, garnering three tournament awards which were based on round-robin competition. Mathew Bodie took home most valuable player and top defensive honours, while Stone was the tournament's top scorer.
Kris Moore of the Buffaloes named top goaltender, Sudbury's Mathieu Lecours took home the top forward trophy and Jordan Burke of Cole Harbour earned most sportsmanlike player honours.