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Memorial Cup semifinal open post: Mantha’s Foreurs battle Oil Kings this evening

With no NHL game on the schedule for this evening, I'm guessing that more Red Wings fans than not will tune in to watch Anthony Mantha's Val-d'Or Foreurs battle the Edmonton Oil Kings at the Memorial Cup (7 PM EDT on Sportsnet in Canada, TVA Sports in Quebec, the NHL Network in the U.S., and for people like me, who receive "none of the above" on our cable systems will find it via...other means...).

The winner of tonight's game will advance to battle Tyler Bertuzzi's Guelph Storm in Sunday's final (4 PM on the aforementioned networks), and as noted today, Bertuzzi did not practice today, but he's expected to rebound from the knee-on-knee hit he absorbed in Wednesday's game against London and play in Sunday's game.

If you wish to discuss tonight's affair, here's an "open post" to provide for your needs.

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stonehands-78's avatar

grin

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 05:40 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Stoney, you missed the anthems. Stop slacking.

Posted by SK77 on 05/23/14 at 06:18 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Goal, Green Frenchies.

Posted by SK77 on 05/23/14 at 06:21 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Does anybody have a stream link for the non-NHL Network crowd wanting to watch the Foreurs game?

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/23/14 at 06:24 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Stoney, you missed the anthems. Stop slacking.

sorry,

was heating up a couple sloppy joes to have while watching the game

1-0 Val-d’Or ... quickly ahead grin

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 06:27 PM ET

SK77's avatar

FirstRow – bit.ly/1nknEpo

Posted by SK77 on 05/23/14 at 06:27 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Found one. Beware the pop-ups and adware. http://www.usagoals.tv/icehockey/872629/1/mastercard-memorial-cup/val-dor-foreurs-vs-edmonton-oil-kings-live-stream/

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/23/14 at 06:29 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

1-1

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 06:33 PM ET

SK77's avatar

No, Sir, I don’t like it.

1-1.

Posted by SK77 on 05/23/14 at 06:33 PM ET

SK77's avatar

So ... how about them Sloppy Joes?

Posted by SK77 on 05/23/14 at 06:56 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

tongue laugh

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 06:59 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Mantha’s been more good than bad. He got caught standing and watching on the first goal, trying to do a defenseman’s job on the delayed penalty, but his defensive game is very sound. He’s working hard, he’s forechecking well, he seems to be a key catalyst on the breakout and the only real issue I have with him is that he glides a lot more than he skates—though he is a better skater with the puck on his stick than without.

Regrettably the Foreurs lost the puck possession game against an Oil Kings team that plays like Darryl Sutter’s old Calgary Flames—trap-tastic, anti-hockey robotic hitting and chip-and-not-chase bullshit.

All in all, it was a “good enough” period for Val-d’Or, but they’ve got to take the initiative to take puck possession away from Edmonton, or they’re gonna get run over.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/23/14 at 07:00 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The Sportsnet guys made a good point about Mantha and his linemates taking 1-minute shifts in the QMJHL. He can go-go-go if he’s playing for 40 seconds, like in the NHL, but if you’re out there for 60-90 seconds, some “gliding” is acceptable.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/23/14 at 07:02 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Good analysis, George. The Little Green Men were lucky to get that first goal but they’re going to have to be more proactive in putting up points, otherwise they’re up against a trap-tastic mountain of no fun.

Posted by SK77 on 05/23/14 at 07:03 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Some people watching Mantha may be surprised to see his flaws or wonder why he’s not a finished product. That’s why the Wings got him at 20! Mantha could very well be a star player in the making—he probably is—but he’s anything but a finished product. That’s *expected.*

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/23/14 at 07:06 PM ET

SK77's avatar

And as much fun as this is, think I’ll let you two handle the rest of the game. I’m off for beer & cold beef stomach, Sichuan-styles.

Posted by SK77 on 05/23/14 at 07:06 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Box score, by the way: http://www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca/schedule/show/game/66885

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/23/14 at 07:07 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Well enjoy your meal and have a safe weekend!

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/23/14 at 07:07 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Missed you last night Stoney. We won the beer league championship in OT. I was fortunate to score the winner against a goalie who played for the Boston College women’s team. She was so upset she left the ice before the hand shake line. Feel like crap today, but was worth it.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 05/23/14 at 07:10 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Missed you last night Stoney. We won the beer league championship in OT. I was fortunate to score the winner against a goalie who played for the Boston College women’s team. She was so upset she left the ice before the hand shake line. Feel like crap today, but was worth it.

way to go CN!

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 07:17 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Thanks man

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 05/23/14 at 07:24 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Greenies down by 2 now with sloppy d-zone play.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 05/23/14 at 07:29 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

3-1

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 07:36 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

What a strange period…Foreurs out-shot, out-worked, out-scored 2-1 but they’re still alive.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/23/14 at 07:47 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

3-2

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 07:47 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

hoping Mantha steps up in the 3rd

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 07:53 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Mantha with some good shots on that pp. Unable to find back of net.  So far

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 05/23/14 at 08:19 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

still 3-2 with 5:00 to go in reg

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 08:29 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

SCORE!!! VAL-D’OR!!!

3-3

wow!

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 08:42 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

OT

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 08:43 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Mantha with the pass to the point and goal. Never say die greenies. OT up next.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 05/23/14 at 08:47 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Mantha with the pass to the point and goal.

set play just like they planned it

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 08:48 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Mantha really picked it up in the 3rd, even some solid defensive plays.  Hope he keeps it up for OT.  Edmonton shot themselves in the foot against Guelph too, so heres to hoping bad habits die hard.

Posted by Hootinani on 05/23/14 at 09:00 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

so close for VAL-D’OR

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 09:08 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

phew

dodged a bullet

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 09:20 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

great d

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 09:21 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

The whistles have officially been swallowed

Posted by Hootinani on 05/23/14 at 09:21 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

end on 1st OT

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 09:27 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

PP for val d or

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 10:02 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

big push but no goal

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 05/23/14 at 10:04 PM ET

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