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Memorial Cup Finals

05/28/2012 at 4:50pm EDT

The Memorial Cup concluded yesterday. I wrote about the round robin results here. Here are the results:

Shawinigan 6 Edmonton 1 - Tie Breaker This game wasn’t close. It was unlike the round robin game between these teams that Edmonton won 4-3. Shawinigan took a 6-0 lead and Edmonton scored a late game to prevent a Gabriel Girard (undrafted). Morgan Ellis (Montreal prospect), Kirill Kabanov (NY Islanders prospect), Michael Bournival (Colorado prospect) and Anton Zlobin (undrafted) all scored a goal and an assist in a balanced attack. Brandon Gormley (Phoenix prospect) added two assists. Henrik Samuelsson (2012 draft eligible) scored the Edmonton goal. Laurent Brossiot (Calgary prospect) was the losing goalie.

Shawinigan 7 Saint John 4 - Semi-Final Shawinigan’s only win in the round robin was against Saint John - the defending champions. The majority of the game was a back and forth battle. It was 2-2 after one period and 4-4 midway through the third period. Shawinigan took the lead on a Yannick Veilleux (St Louis prospect) goal. They added an empty net goal and another insurance goal with 10 seconds left to open up a big lead at the end of the game. Michael Chaput (Columbus prospect) scored two goals and one assist for Shawinigan. Brandon Gormley had a goal and two assists. Michael Bournival (Colorado prospect) had a goal and an assist. Anton Zlobin (undrafted) had three assists. Gabriel Girard (undrafted) was the winning goalie. Saint John’s offence was led by Tomas Jurco (Detroit prospect) scoring two goals. Zack Phillips (Minnesota prospect) scored a goal and added an assist. Mathieu Corbeil (Columbus prospect) was the losing goalie.

Shawinigan 2 London 1 (overtime) - Final London won their round robin meeting. Ryan Rupert (2012 draft eligible) opened the scoring for London in the first period. It was tied up by Anton Zlobin (undrafted) in the second period. The game remained tied up and quite even in puck possession until 17 minutes into the overtime period when Zlobin scored his second goal of the game for the win. Gabriel Girard (undrafted) stopped 35 of 36 shots for the win. Michael Houser (undrafted) was the losing goalie stopping 35 of 37 shots.

The host Shawinigan Cataractes win the Memorial Cup. This shows two problems in the tournament. The host team makes the tournament regardless of how they do in the season. Shawinigan lost in the second round of the QMJHL playoffs to Chicoutimi. They were a solid second place team in the regular season but did not win their way to the tournament. In the round robin portion of the tournament Shawinigan finished last. Their play in the round robin did not do anything to help them win the tournament either. Nevertheless they did wind up winning. It took three strong games to make up for a poor round robin and for not winning in the QMJHL playoffs. They would not have had the chance if they didn`t host the tournament. Results like this draw the Memorial Cup into question. The champion is Shawinigan but it is very hard to make the argument they were the best team there.

Michael Chaput (Columbus prospect) of Shawinigan is the tournament MVP. Teammate Gabriel Girard (undrafted) was the top goalie in the tournament. The tournament All Star Teams consisted of Chaput, Henrik Samuelsson (2012 draft eligible) of Edmonton, Austin Watson (Nashville prospect) of London, Brandon Gormley (Phoenix prospect) of Shawinigan, Jarred Tinordi (Montreal prospect) of London and goaltender Michael Houser (undrafted) of London. It is hard to explain how one goalie makes the All Star Team and another is named top goalie in the tournament, but that is how the awards were presented.

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