Nationals down Gladiators in Telus Cup action Tuesday


Max Routledge opened and closed the scoring, helping the Toronto Young Nationals earn their first win at the 2015 TELUS Cup, 5-2 over the Newbridge Academy Gladiators on Tuesday.

Jake Joffe had a goal and an assist for Toronto, Nolan Regan added two helpers, while Dean Raymer and Justin Herman took care of the rest of the scoring for the Young Nationals.

Tyler Brown and Morgan Barron found the back of the net for the Gladiators.

Routledge finished off a beautiful set-up by Joffe to open the scoring 12:32 into the first period, snapping a shot just inside the far post past Newbridge Academy goaltender Matthew Williams.

The Young Nationals doubled their lead in the final minute of the opening period; a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play finished with a feed to a wide-open Rayner, who made it 2-0 through 20 minutes.

Herman pushed the advantage to three just three minutes into the second period, finding a loose puck in the Newbridge Academy crease and beating Williams, but Brown stripped a Toronto defenceman and got the Gladiators on the board 2:20 later.

The Atlantic Region champions got a glimmer of hope when Barron scored the first shorthanded goal of the tournament to make it a one-goal game at 6:32 of the final period, but Joffe restored the two-goal lead just 50 seconds later.

Routledge sealed the deal and got his second of the game with 2:11 left and Williams on the Newbridge Academy bench, hitting the empty net to round out the scoring.

Neither team converted on the power play; Toronto was 0-for-4, and the Gladiators were 0-for-5.

The Young Nationals look to take their record above .500 when they meet the host Albatros du Collège Notre-Dame in the Wednesday finale (7:30 p.m. ET), while Newbridge Academy tries again for its first win, this time against the Grenadiers de Châteauguay (noon ET).