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Laval-Montreal beats Valley in early game at Telus Cup

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The Canadian Press
4/24/2013 6:57:32 PM
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SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. -- Massimo Carozza had a hat trick and added an assist as Laval-Montreal dumped the Valley Wildcats 7-1 at the Telus Cup national midget hockey championship Wednesday.

It was the second straight blowout win for the Rousseau Royal (2-1), who blanked the Saskatoon Contact 7-0 a day earlier.

Julien Gauthier, James Phelan, Kevin Domingue and Julien Nantel had the other goals for the Quebec champions.

Eli Hughes scored the lone goal for Valley (0-3).

Elsewhere, the Saskatoon Contacts rallied for a 5-5 tie with the defending champion Red Deer Chiefs and the Ottawa Jr. 67's beat the Sault Ste. Marie North Stars 6-1.

Kolten Olynek and Rodney Southam scored goals in the final 6:15 for Saskatoon as the Contacts and Chiefs played to a tie at the tournament for a second straight year.

Olynek finished with two goals and two assists and Vukie Mpofu had the other goals for Saskatoon (1-1-1), which trailed 2-0 early and 5-3 late before earning the single point.

Jacob Schofield scored twice to lead Red Deer (1-1-1), which got singles from Ian McLellan, Trey Degraaf and Chris Gerrie.

In the late game, Matthew Hudson had a hat trick to lead the way as Ottawa handed the host team its first loss of the Telus Cup.

The win leaves Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie and the Rousseau Royal de Laval-Montreal tied atop the standings after three days with identical 2-1 records.

Medric Mercier scored twice on the power play for the second day in a row for Ottawa, and Ryan Kuffner scored the other Jr. 67's goal.

Matt Pinder, with his tournament-leading fifth goal, had the lone tally for Sault Ste. Marie, which suffered its worst loss of the season. A win by the North Stars would have assured them of a spot in Saturday's semifinals.

Sault Ste. Marie will take another crack at locking up a semifinal spot when it faces the Saskatoon Contacts on Thursday night, while the Jr. 67's will do the same against Laval-Montreal.

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