ARNPRIOR, Ont. - Mark Stone and Michael Hay scored 22 seconds apart early in the first period as the Winnipeg Thrashers earned a 4-1 win over the Seminaire Saint-Francois Blizzard in Saturday's early semifinal at the Telus Cup Canadian midget hockey championship.
The win advanced the Thrashers into Sunday's final, where they will face the winner of the other semifinal showdown between the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves and the Calgary Buffaloes.
Unbeaten Winnipeg, the West Region champion, wasted little time putting pressure on the Blizzard, who needed a win Friday just to reach the playoffs. Stone opened the scoring 1:50 into the game, and Hay extended the lead at 2:12. Stone's second of the game made it 3-0 with 4:02 remaining in the period.
Dave Leclerc put the Blizzard on the board at 2:28 of the third period, but round-robin MVP Mathew Bodie restored the three-goal lead and concluded the scoring with a power-play goal at 15:50.
Brett Martyniuk earned the win with a 18-save performance for Winnipeg.
Jean-Philippe Gagnon turned aside 20 shots for Seminaire Saint-Francois.