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Defenceman Nick Minerva was acquired by the Cobourg Cougars to help them win the RBC Cup national junior A hockey championship.
And that’s exactly what he did.
Minerva scored 8:21 into overtime to give the Cougars a 3-2 win in the RBC Cup championship game Sunday evening at the Cobourg Community Centre. He blasted the puck past Brooks Bandits goaltender Mitch Benson on a one-timer from defence partner Matt Bumstead after Brenden Locke had won a faceoff in the offensive zone and Josh Maguire got the puck back to the blueline.
“We talked about the play before we even stepped on the ice,” Minerva said. “I thought if (Bumstead) got this over, it’s going in the back of the net. (The Bandits) didn’t jump to me at all so I just kind of closed my eyes and took the hardest shot I’ve ever taken in my life and it went in the net.”
Three former Peterborough Petes played a major role in the victory, including team captain Maguire, general manager Brent Tully, and head coach John Druce.
Maguire played three seasons with the Petes from 2012 to 2016, and was assistant captain in his final season with the club. He recorded 19 goals, 32 assists, 51 points and 174 penalty minutes in 239 games.
Tully was a Pete from 1990 to 1994, tallying 44 goals, 99 assists, 143 points and 262 penalty minutes in 206 games. He was drafted in the 4th round (83rd overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, and enjoyed an eight year professional playing career. He was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team in 1993 and 1994, and was part of the 1993 OHL Championship Petes.
Druce was a member of the maroon and white from 1983-1986. He amassed 34 goals, 38 assists, 72 points and 174 penalty minutes in 104 games. Drafted in the 2nd round (104th overall) by the Washington Capitals, Druce went on to enjoy a 14-year professional playing career. He was an assistant coach with the Cougars before being named Head Coach prior to the 2016-17 season.
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