Thistles final team to join Allan Cup

The Kenora Thistles are the sixth and final team to punch their ticket to the 2013 Allan Cup tournament hosted by the Bentley Generals April 15-20 at the Red Deer Arena.

The Kenora Thistles are the sixth and final team to punch their ticket to the 2013 Allan Cup tournament hosted by the Bentley Generals April 15-20 at the Red Deer Arena.

The Thistles captured the Ontario senior AAA hockey championship last weekend, defeating the visiting Brantford Blast 4-1 and 5-1 to sweep the best-of-three provincial final.

Kenora will play in a pool with the Generals and the Saskatchewan/Manitoba champion Rosetown Red Wings.

The other pool will feature the Alberta runner-up Stony Plain Eagles, the Pacific champion Fort St. John Flyers and the Clarenville Caribous, representing the Maritimes.

The tournament opens Monday, April 15 with a 4 p.m. game between Fort St. John and Stony Plain, and will be followed by an 8 p.m. clash featuring Bentley and Rosetown.

On Tuesday, Clarenville will play Fort St. John at 4 p.m. and Bentley and Kenora will clash at 8 p.m.

Wednesday’s pool games will have Stony Plain and Clarenville facing off at 4 p.m. and Kenora and Rosetown clashing at 8 p.m.

The top team from each pool will advance to Friday’s semifinals, set for 4 and 8 p.m. The quarter-finals, featuring the second- and third-place teams in each pool, will be played Thursday at 4 and 8 p.m.

The championship final is scheduled for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and will be televised by TSN.