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Telus Cup: Semifinal match-ups set after Jr. 67s tie Chiefs

The Canadian Press

4/26/2013 11:30:45 PM

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. -- Ryan Kuffner scored on a power play early in the third period and Simon Hofley made 55 saves as the Ottawa Jr. 67's clinched a spot in the semifinals at 2013 Telus Cup thanks to a 2-2 tie with the Red Deer Chiefs on Friday.

Matthew Hudson scored the other goal for Ottawa (2-2-1), tying Sault Ste. Marie's Matt Pinder for the lead at Canada's national midget hockey championship with his sixth of the tournament. Kuffner also had an assist.

Chris Gerrie and Trey Degraaf had the goals for Red Deer (2-1-2), which is into the semifinals.

In other finals Friday, the Saskatoon Contacts hammered the Atlantic region's Valley Wildcats 9-1, while the Rousseau Royal de Laval-Montreal dismantled the host Sault Ste. Marie North Stars 9-2.

A point for Sault Ste. Marie in that one would have qualified the North Stars for the semifinals at the expense of Ottawa, but the Jr. 67's advanced on a tiebreaker.

Saturday's first semifinal matchup will see Saskatoon, representing the West region, against Red Deer, representing the Pacific. The late game has Quebec's Laval-Montreal versus Ottawa, which is representing the Central region.

Hudson opened the scoring for the Jr. 67's on Friday just 3:29 into the first period, but Gerrie brought the Chiefs back to even just nine minutes later, wiring a shot over Hofley's shoulder.

Red Deer took its first lead four minutes into the second when Degraaf jumped all over a loose puck on the power play and jammed it past Hofley for a 2-1 lead.

But Kuffner struck back on an Ottawa power play at 5:06 of the third with a shot from the point that found its way through Chiefs netminder Matt Zentner.

Hofley was the story for the Jr. 67's, particularly in the final 40 minutes when Red Deer held a 40-13 advantage in shots.

Zentner finished with 25 saves for the Chiefs.

Meanwhile, Kolten Olynek had a goal and two assists and Terrell Draude also scored twice in Saskatoon's victory over Valley. The Contacts finished the round robin with a 2-1-2 record, while the Wildcats were playing out the string and finished with 0-5-0 mark.

In the late game, Laval (4-1-0) determined its semifinal opponent with an easy victory over Sault Ste. Marie (2-2-1).