Will place host Dundas, Ont., for national senior hockey title
Updated to show Caribous will face Dundas in final
The Clarenville Caribous will play in the 2014 Allan Cup final.
Chris Hulit scored twice and netminder Jason Churchill made 34 saves as the Caribous defeated the defending champion Bentley, Alta., Generals 5-1 in semifinal play Friday in Dundas, Ont.
Clarenville, which has won all three of its game so far at the Canadian senior A hockey championship, will play the host Dundas Real McCoys in the final, which starts 4:30 p.m. today and will be carried live on TSN2.
Cam Fergus had a goal and an assist, while Andrew Sweetland chipped in with a pair of helpers in the win over Bentley, which provided a measure of revenge for the Caribous, who had lost to the Generals in the 2013 Allan Cup final.
Dale Sullivan and captain Dustin Russell also scored for Clarenville, which spotted Bentley a 1-0 lead through the first 20 minutes, but responded with four goals in the second period, chasing Generals’ starting goalie Travis Yonkman.
The Caribous totalled 27 shots against Yonkman and James Reid, who played the third period.
Clarenville has scored 16 goals while giving up just five so far in the tourney.
Like Clarenville, Dundas has a lineup that features many players who have toiled in the professional ranks. That includes some who skated in the National Hockey League: centre Nick Smith and winger Ryan Christie both had brief NHL stays, while forward Jason Ward appeared in 336 big-league games after being the Montreal Canadiens’ first-round draft choice in 1997.
Ward had a goal and three assists in the Real McCoys’ 4-0 win over the Kenora, Ont., Thistles in Saturday’s other semifinal.