Byard impresses with Macs at TELUS Cup

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THUNDER BAY, ONT.: Zach Byard and his Halifax McDonald’s run for the Telus Cup came to an end in Thunder Bay, as they finished in fifth place against tough competition of Canada’s best major midget-aged players.

Enfield’s Byard had a goal and an assist in five games, while racking up four penalty minutes. He earned player of the game honours in the team’s last game of the tournament.

As he went to accept the award, his skate hit the carpet on the ice and he did a fall to the ice. He was okay and in video posted on Facebook Byard can be seen having a good laugh at his mishap.

Zach Byard gets his player of the game award. (Submitted photo)

Byard is a Halifax Mooseheads prospect. The Moose will host the Memorial Cup featuring the top major junior players from across Canada at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax from May 17-26.

Halifax finished with a 1-0-3-0-1 (won-overtime win-loss-overtime loss-tie) record for three points.

The Toronto Young Nationals, who were in second with just three wins and two losses in preliminary play, upended Magog, Que. in double overtime to capture the 2019 championship. Magog was undefeated in preliminary play and in the semi-final, but the Nationals were too much.

Tisdale was just a point ahead of Halifax in fourth, and Calgary was third in regulation play. Tisdale beat Calgary for the bronze medal.

Host Thunder Bay lost all five preliminary games and finished last in the six-team tournament.

MAIN PHOTO: Zach Byard seen in this game action photo at the TELUS Cup. (Leith Dunick, photo)