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Memorial Cup Playoffs

The Memorial Cup completed in London, Ontario over the weekend.  I wrote earlier about preliminary round.  Today I want to write about the playoffs.

SemiFinal:  Edmonton Oil Kings 4 Val d'Or Foreurs 3 (3 OT).  It is a credit to the Memorial Cup that they do not go to a shootout to decide games like these.  Tristan Jarry  (Pittsburgh prospect) played in the Edmonton goal and Antoine Bibeau (Toronto prospect) was in the Val d'Or goal.  Phil Pietroniro (undrafted) scored early for Val d'Or.  Edmonton took over with three straight goals from Mads Eller (2014 draft eligible), Mitchell Moroz (Edmonton prospect) and Edgars Kulda (undrafted).  Val d'Or fought back with a Randy Gazzola (undrafted) goal and tied it up in the last minute of regulation time with a Guillaume Gelinas (undrafted) goal.  Things were not decided until the third overtime when Curtis Lazar (Ottawa prospect) scored.  Val d'Or had beaten Edmonton in two overtimes in the preliminary round.  The fact that Edmonton won this time shows these two teams are pretty evenly matched.

Final:  Edmonton 6 Guelph 3.  This game was decided when Edmonton scored three unanswered goals in the second round.  Tristan Jarry (Pittsburgh prospect) was the Edmonton goalie.  Justin Nichols (undrafted) was the Guelph goalie.  Henrik Sameulsson (Phoenix prospect) drove the Oil Kings offence with two goals and three assists.  Edgars Kulda (undrafted) added a goal and two assists and Mitchell Moroz (Edmonton prospect) had a goal and an assist.  Guelph's offence was led by Robby Fabbri (2014 draft eligible) scored a goal and an assist, so did Zack Mitchell (undrafted).  Kerby Rychel (Columbus prospect) added two assists.  In the preliminary round, Guelph beat Edmonton 5-2 and remained undefeated until this game.  Though the Edmonton Oil Kings won the Memorial Cup with this win, it isn't clear that Guelph did not have a better tournament.

Edgars Kulda (undrafted) was named the tournament MVP.  Henrik Sameulsson (Phoenix prospect) was the tournament top scorer.  Curtis Lazar (Ottawa prospect) was named the most sportsmanlike player in the tournament.  Antoine Bibeau (Toronto prospect) was named the top goalie in the tournament.  The All Star team was Bibeau, Cody Corbett (Colorado prospect) of the Edmonton Oil Kings, Matt Finn (Toronto prospect) of Guelph, Kulda, Sameulsson and Kerby Rychel (Columbus prospect).

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