The victory for Team Saskatchewan was the province’s first in the history of the Western Hockey League Cup. Carried by two power play goals just a minute-and-a-half apart, the team in green proved victorious over its yellow and black counterparts. After Saskatchewan’s Tye Spencer scored the game’s opening goal midway through the first period of play, Manitoba’s Tyson Zimmer knotted the game back up at ones 3:30 into the second period.
Saskatchewan added to its lead with back-to-back strikes on the man advantage, as Vaughn Watterodt and Kylynn Olafson provided a two-goal cushion. Conor Geekie led a late charge for Manitoba, scoring his third goal of the tournament – a power play marker of his own – with just 6:37 to play in the final frame. The comeback fell short as Eric Johnston potted an empty-net marker with 20 seconds to play, handing Saskatchewan the 4-2 victory.
Manitoba was handed four minor penalties in the loss, as compared to Saskatchewan’s two, while Manitoba only put up 23 shots in the loss, compared to Saskatchewan’s 28. Dylan Ernst earned the 21-save victory, while Ethan Buenaventura turned aside 24 of 27 shots he faced in the loss.
After dropping its opening two games of the tournament to Alberta and B.C., Manitoba bounced back with a win over Saskatchewan and B.C., sending the Manitobans to the Gold Medal Game. B.C. topped Alberta 5-4 in overtime of the Bronze Medal Game earlier in the day.