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The Brick 2019: Championship Sunday

By YHH Staff , 07/08/19, 1:30PM CDT


The Connecticut Jr. Rangers topped Team Brick Alberta 3-2 in overtime to win the United Staes' first Brick title since 2002.

The Connecticut Jr. Rangers, 2019 Brick Invitational champions.

Connecticut Jr. Rangers > Team Brick Alberta (3-2 OT)

As it so often happens in overtime, the game-winning goal was the ugliest of the contest. 

Early enough in the extra session where the fans lining the rail along the ice had barely put their smartphones away during the break after the third period, Matthew Koch of the Connecticut Jr. Rangers whacked a puck forward from the blue line. As the puck turned over and over in the air, Kaden McGregor parked himself in front of the Team Brick Alberta net and deftly tipped the disc past Team Brick Alberta’s Leif Oaten to clinch the title for the Americans. 

Team Brick Alberta got on the board first with a Landon Dupont blast from the blue line, but the 1-0 advantage didn’t last long, as the Jr. Rangers got goals from James Jackson, and Ethan King put the boys from Connecticut up 2-1 after the first frame. 

A scoreless second period followed before Ben Harvey tied the game at 2-2 just 15 seconds into the third stanza for Team Brick Alberta, setting the stage for McGregor’s heroics in front of a packed house at the West Edmonton Mall. 

Luke O’Neil made 21 saves on 23 shots in the win for the Jr. Rangers, the program’s second Brick title and the first title won by an American team since 2002, when the organization won as the Connecticut Yankees.

The Jr. Rangers were literally perfect throughout the tournament, winning eight games in regulation and outscoring their opposition 42-18. Team Brick Alberta went 7-1 for the week, winning twice in overtime during round robin play.  

James Jackson recorded a goal for the Connecticut Jr. Rangers in Sunday's championship game.

All-Brick First Team

Player Team Position
Lilly MacLeish Detroit Red Wings Goaltender
Landon Dupont Team Brick Alberta Defense
Zackary Horvat Edouard Team Quebec Defense
Nolan Fitzhenry Team Minnesota Forward
Caden Pellegrino Connecticut Jr. Rangers Forward
Colin Varady Chicago Jr. Blackhawks Forward

Lilly MacLeish, Detroit Red Wings.

All-Brick Second Team

Player Team Position
Leif Oaten Team Brick Alberta Goaltender
Brayden Scali Connecticut Jr. Rangers Defense
Lucas Quain Toronto Bulldogs Defense
Rocco Pelosi Connecticut Jr. Rangers Forward
Tyler Lee Toronto Pro Hockey Forward
Kingston Harris Toronto Bulldogs Forward

Tyler Lee, Toronto Pro Hockey.

The Brick 2019 MVP: Landon Dupont

Landon Dupont of Team Brick Alberta was selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Team Minnesota's Nolan Fitzhenry tied for the scoring lead at the Brick with 13 total points.

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