The Carleton Place Canadians look to punch their ticket to the RBC Cup when they faceoff against the Dieppe Commandos this afternoon in the Fred Page Cup Final. The RBC Cup starts May 9th in Portage le Prarie Manitoba where five clubs will fight to be crowned national champions. The Canadians look to join the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL, Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL, and the host Portage Terriers of the MJHL who have already advanced.
The Canadians clinched their BYE to the FPC finals after beginning the tournament with two straight victories over Dieppe and Longueuil. With their fate already sealed they would still have to take on host Cornwall in their third game, the Colts had already been eliminated from advancing to the finals so the game did not have a lot of importance on the Carleton Place side of things.
The Canadians dressed a lineup minus a number of regulars including captain Stephen Baylis and high scoring winger Andy Sturtz while also giving split duties to starter Guillaume Therien and backup Adrian Clark. The Colts had pride to play for on home ice and were able to squeak out a 3-2 victory while Carleton Place just wanted to get out of the game healthy, which they did.
Dieppe would earn their spot to the finals in dramatic fashion as they defeated Quebec champion Longueuil 3-2 in double overtime Saturday afternoon. The winning goal came off the stick of Matt Bernier who was able to beat goaltender Kevin Darveau mid-way through the 5th frame, Darveau finished the game with 67 saves as he did all he could to give his club a chance.
The championship game starts at 3pm live in Cornwall, Ontario.