Champions Crowned at “The Show” Continental Showdown in Minnesota

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BLAINE, MN — Ryan Roobroek’s second goal of the game, an unassisted effort with 10:10 remaining in regulation, gave Ontario Red a lead it would not relinquish en route to a 4-3 triumph over Great Lakes in “The Show” — a Continental Showdown presented by Superseries AAA Elite Hockey.

Joe Cadorin opened the scoring 48 seconds into the game and Roobroek doubled it with 2:09 left in the opening frame as Ontario Red took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission at Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. Great Lakes scored twice in the second frame as Will Horcoff and Tommy Spencer found the back of the net but Kieran Riley also hit for Ontario Red which took a slim, 3-2, advantage into the locker rooms after two periods of play.

Roobroek’s second goal of the game, 5:50 into the third, put Ontario Red up 4-2 but Great Lakes never stopped battling and climbed back to within one with 1:09 remaining as Chase Reid set up Henry Brishevitz to slash the deficit back to one, 4-3.

Nicholas Tarantella ensured the lead would hold as the Ontario Red goalie stood tall with 24 saves, including eight in the third period, to pull out the victory for the Pro Hockey Development Program. Joseph Slavick registered 18 saves in between the pipes for Great Lakes.

Following Superseries’ Triple Crown Hockey Tournament with games in Toronto, Chicago and Montreal, “The Show – Continental Showdown” was yet another highly successful youth hockey tournament in the State of Hockey.

All told, nearly 300 players from 18 teams in the 2007 age group were on hand with representation from several elite youth hockey programs spanning the Great Lakes, Metropolitan, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, Southeast and West Coast regions including Connecticut and Minnesota as well as the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.


“For the fourth consecutive year we have been able to bring the top players entering their Pee Wee season from all different regions of North America to Minnesota, and the players and their families once again walked away with an incredible experience,” Jeremy Dallow, President of SuperSeries AAA, said. “From the great competition, the new friendships and the all-around atmosphere of the event, The Continental Showdown provides an experience that these players will never forget.”

“The Show – Continental Showdown once again proved why it is the premier post-Brick summer tournament in North America,” former NHL player and Superseries partner Steve Dubinsky said. “From the competition on the ice to the media coverage of the entire event, the week was a huge success. All the players represented their region or province incredibly well, which is what makes the event so special. Congrats to all 18 teams on a great week of hockey and to Ontario Red on continuing the tradition of Ontario being the only province to ever win The Show.”

Great Lakes, “The Show” Silver Medalists. (Photos by Jaycee Riley/ ZR Photography)
Minnesota Machine, “The Show” Bronze Medalists. (Photos by Jaycee Riley/ ZR Photography)

Triple Crown Schedule and Results

Toronto, ON      May 31-June 3     RECAP
Chicago, IL         June 7-10             RECAP
Montreal, QC    June 20-24           RECAP


Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS

Special to HockeyClan


Main Image: Ontario Red — “The Show” Gold Medal Tournament Champions. (Photo by Jaycee Riley/ZR Photography)


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