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TIGNISH, PEI, April 15, 2012 - James Merritt made 37 saves as the Kivalliq Canucks advanced to the Nunavut team's first ever championship game at the Maritime-Hockey North Junior C Championship tournament with a 3-1 win over the Pownal Redmond Enterprises Red Devils on Saturday afternoon in Tignish.

The Canucks will face the Nova Scotia champion Chester Clippers on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm. The Clippers, who dominated the Nova Scotia Junior C Hockey League this season, advanced with a 7-3 win over the Hampton Hurricanes.

The Canucks took a 1-0 lead into the third after a second period goal by Chad Taipana and pushed that lead to two goals with a Wendall Kaludjak goal early in the third. Pownal gave everything they had in the third period, outshooting the Canucks 16-5 in the final frame, but could get no closer. Each team traded goals in the dying minutes of the game to make the final 3-1.

In the late game, the Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second period before the Clippers offence ignited with three goals in the second period to take the lead for good. Justin Norris led the way with two goals and four assists, while Corey Young had a hattrick and two helpers.