Monday, May 21, 2012

History made at Mastercard Memorial Cup

It was an historic night at the Mastercard Memorial Cup in Shawinigan Monday.  For the first time in the tournament's history all 4 teams own 1-1 records after 3 days, meaning there will be a tie breaker for sure.
Monday night Saint John skated past Edmonton 5-2.  Or should we say slushed past the Oil Kings as once again the puck resembled a tennis ball bouncing on soft ice.  That is the biggest story right now.  It's so bad that Iceman Mike Craig has been called in to see if he can fix the problem.

As for the Oil Kings problem, it was to many turnovers, and against thoroughbreds like Jonathan Huberdeau and Charlie Coyle you just can't do that. Each had 2 points while Zack Phillips scored twice. 

Laurent Brossoit gave up a soft goal to start things off as Zack Phillips beat him from the goal line but bounced back and kept the Oil Kings in it the rest of the way.  It was 3-2 late in the 3rd when Phillips struck again with the insurance goal, and with the goal pulled Saint John iced it with an empty net goal. 

Edmonton gets right back at it tomorrow night when they take on London, a team that Derek Laxdal thinks resembles the Kootenay Ice in style.  Saint John gets the day off before wrapping up the round robin against the host Cataractes. 

Tonight's win also marked the first time since 2007 that a QMJHL club has defeated a WHL squad at the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

Post game audio clips of Edmonton's T.J. Foster, Laurent Brossoit and Keegan Lowe plus Saint John sniper Jonathan Huberdeau.  

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