The Collingwood Blues will compete in the playoffs at the 2023 Centennial Cup in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
The Ontario Junior Hockey League champions defeated the Kam River Fighting Walleye 4-1 Tuesday afternoon to move to 3-0-0 in the 10-team tournament.
Bryce Sutherland, Dylan Hudon, Cam Garvey and Ethan Broderick scored for the Blues who led the Walleye, from near Thunder Bay, ON, 2-0 after two periods.
The first period was scoreless. Mark McIntosh had two assists for the Blues.
The Blues outshot the Walleye 39-23. Noah Pak earned the win.
Collingwood completes its preliminary round schedule when it faces the host Portage Terriers (2-0-1) Wednesday.
Quarter-final playoff games will be played Friday with the semifinals on Saturday.
Following the preliminary round, the first-place team overall picks which semifinal it will play in.
The championship final goes Sunday at 4 p.m. EDT
For more on the Centennial Cup, go to the tournament website: https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/national-junior-a/2023