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    CHL 2014 Memorial Cup (Canadian Major Jr. championship)

    Use this thread to discuss the upcoming 2014 Memorial Cup (Canadian Major Jr. championship tournament).

    You can also discuss the championships of the three Major Jr. leagues (Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) leading up to the Memorial Cup, which pits the three league champions plus a host team against each other.

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    This year's Memorial Cup will be played from May 16-25, 2014.

    As always, it will feature the three champions of the three Canadian Major Junior leagues (Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), plus a host team.

    This year, the OHL's London Knights will be the Memorial Cup host team. They last served as the host team for the Memorial Cup in 2005.

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    London was eliminated from the OHL playoffs, so they have a long layoff. It'll be interesting to see how they do given that fact.
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    This year's Memorial Cup teams are:

    GUELPH STORM (OHL champions)
    VAL D'OR FOREURS (QMJHL champions)
    EDMONTON OIL KINGS (WHL champions)
    LONDON KNIGHTS (this year's host team, from the OHL)

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    Val D'or opened the 2014 Memorial Cup tournament with a 1-0 win over the host London Knights, despite getting outshot 51-28.

    1994 born Val D'or goalie Antoine Bibeau, a 2013 6th round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, got a very impressive shutout.

    Recap of stats here: http://www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca/...how/game/66878

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    Bibeau is definitely on a bit of a roll. Bodes well for Val D'or.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    London was eliminated from the OHL playoffs, so they have a long layoff. It'll be interesting to see how they do given that fact.
    They could do very well.
    In 1999, the Ottawa 67's won the tournament despite being eliminated early in the OHL playoffs.
    In fact, Ottawa was put out by eventual OHL champion Belleville but beat the Bulls in the tournament semi final.
    The long layoff actually benefited the 67's because they were an injury riddled team at the time they were eliminated.
    They entered that tournament comparatively healthy and they played at the level they were accustomed to during the regular season.

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    Guelph defeated Edmonton 5-2 today.

    Recap of stats here: http://www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca/...how/game/66879
    Last edited by Marc Brunengraber; 19-05-2014 at 02:52. Reason: Added link to stats recap
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    Edmonton defeated host London by a score of 5-2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    Edmonton defeated host London by a score of 5-2
    Things have not gone well for the host team, to say the least.
    They were frustrated by Val d'Or in their opener and were beaten fairly convincingly by Edmonton Sunday.
    They have a couple days off before they meet arch rival Guelph Wednesday in a do or die game for the Knights.
    Look for a desperate London team who do not want to be put out of the running for a second time by a team they hate.
    Guelph would love nothing better than stick it to the Knights in front of their home crowd.

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    Guelph defeated Val d'Or 6-3 tonight. I must say, they're looking like the favorites to win it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    Guelph defeated Val d'Or 6-3 tonight. I must say, they're looking like the favorites to win it all.
    Yeah, I would say so.
    London couldn't put one past Bibeau with 51 shots but Guelph made him look ordinary pretty fast.
    I'd say Edmonton is the second best team here and Guelph beat them by three.
    The Knights are down to their last chance.
    They need a win against Guelph just to force a tie breaker with the Edmonton-Val d'Or loser.

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    Val d'Or defeated Edmonton 4-3 in 2OT, meaning the former goes to the semifinals whereas the latter needs to wait for the outcome between Guelph and London to see their fate
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    Do they count only wins and not points?
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    Quote Originally Posted by itry View Post
    Do they count only wins and not points?
    Guess not.
    Otherwise there would be no need for a tiebreaker game if Edmonton was awarded a third point.
    Glad there is no point for a loss...OK during the regular season but not here where the games mean so much.

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    Semifinals? There are only four teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Semifinals? There are only four teams.
    That's how the Memorial Cup website describes it. If London wins against Guelph, they would play Val d'Or in a tiebreaker for the right to advance to the championship game against Guelph. Should Guelph win, Edmonton plays Val d'Or to see who goes to the championship game. Hope that wasn't too confusing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    That's how the Memorial Cup website describes it. If London wins against Guelph, they would play Val d'Or in a tiebreaker for the right to advance to the championship game against Guelph. Should Guelph win, Edmonton plays Val d'Or to see who goes to the championship game. Hope that wasn't too confusing.
    No no nope.
    There is a tiebreaker only if London beats Guelph tonight, creating a tie for third with Edmonton at 1-2.
    So if London wins tonight they'll play against Edmonton, who lost to Val d'Or last night.
    Then the winner of the tiebreaker plays the 2nd place Foreurs (2-1) in the semi final and the winner meets Guelph in the final.
    Guelph is automatically in the final already having beaten both Edmonton and Val d'Or and with London already four points behind.
    The Storm will have a three day break before Sunday's final...so they will be well rested to meet perhaps a very tired opponent.

    If London loses, there is no tiebreaker and a semi final between Edmonton and Val d'Or will take place.
    Obviously, Edmonton will be rooting for Guelph because they don't want to be in that tiebreaker.
    Playing an extra game would hurt Edmonton's chances of winning the semi and certainly winning the final, theoretically having to play 3 games in 4 days.
    London of course, will be happy to go that route if they can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Semifinals? There are only four teams.
    1st place team (Guelph) go to Sunday's final.
    2nd and 3rd place play a semi to meet Guelph.
    If two teams finish tied for third at 1-2 (which would happen if London beats Guelph) they play in a tie breaker, winner facing the second place team (Val d'Or).
    The CHL has been using this format for a number of years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    No no nope.
    There is a tiebreaker only if London beats Guelph tonight, creating a tie for third with Edmonton at 1-2.
    So if London wins tonight they'll play against Edmonton, who lost to Val d'Or last night.
    Then the winner of the tiebreaker plays the 2nd place Foreurs (2-1) in the semi final and the winner meets Guelph in the final.
    Guelph is automatically in the final already having beaten both Edmonton and Val d'Or and with London already four points behind.
    The Storm will have a three day break before Sunday's final...so they will be well rested to meet perhaps a very tired opponent.

    If London loses, there is no tiebreaker and a semi final between Edmonton and Val d'Or will take place.
    Obviously, Edmonton will be rooting for Guelph because they don't want to be in that tiebreaker.
    Playing an extra game would hurt Edmonton's chances of winning the semi and certainly winning the final, theoretically having to play 3 games in 4 days.
    London of course, will be happy to go that route if they can.
    Crap, my bad. Thanks for that clarification.
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    Guelph crushed London by a score of 7-2 tonight
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    Guelph crushed London by a score of 7-2 tonight
    The Knights were absolutely humiliated by the Storm, who already had a berth in the final sewn up.
    Technically it was a 'nothing' game for Guelph, but this was personal...the Knights had often in the past made life miserable for their arch-rivals in the post season so this dominating win before a sellout London crowd was huge payback.
    It was a miserable Memorial Cup for London, one of the most futile performances by a host team since the four team format was introduced in 1983.
    The Knights were outscored 13-4 in three games, never once leading at any point in any of their tournament games.

    The result means Edmonton need not worry about a tiebreaker and can instead concentrate on their rematch with Val d'Or.
    The Foreurs and Oil Kings played what was by far the most entertaining game so far in the tournament, a come from behind win for Val d'Or in double OT.
    Hopefully, both teams can deliver a similar performance on Friday.

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    Edmonton defeated Val d'Or 4-3 in 3OT
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    Edmonton defeated Val d'Or 4-3 in 3OT
    Much to the delight of the Guelph Storm, I'm sure.
    At one point in the history of this tournament, the semi was played on a Saturday night...imagine playing a game like that and then having to play again the following afternoon.

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    Edmonton 6 Guelph 3

    The Oil Kings stun the favoured Storm to skate off with the 2014 Memorial Cup.
    Not too many gave Edmonton a chance after losing to Guelph in the round robin and surviving a triple OT marathon with Val d'Or.
    But after Guelph scored a brilliant opening goal just a minute into the game, the Oil Kings refused to roll over.
    Edmonton tied it, Guelph regained the lead 2-1 but lost it to trail 3-2 and from that point of the game the Oil Kings began to dominate the Storm something this Guelph team was not at all used to.
    Guelph scored to come within one 4-3, but an Oil King goal shortly after restored the two goal advantage and the Storm could not overcome it.
    When Henrik Samuelsson scored an EN goal to seal the deal 6-3, the emotions were too much for some Guelph players to bear as they were visibly distraught realizing that their Memorial Cup dream was destroyed.
    Perhaps the long layoff (Guelph had not played since Wednesday) hurt the Storm far more than it helped.
    As the game progressed they didn't seem to have the swagger and confidence they had during the round robin.
    They never trailed at any point in their previous three games and when the Storm jumped into a lead for the first time the Guelph players seem bewildered, having not dealt with any adversity up until then.
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    Very happy to see Kulda become a Champion, even better to see he picked up 3pts and from just reading around, sounds like he was fantastic during the Memorial Cup and for Edmonton all together. Only got to see a little bit of him against Val-d'Or, he looked really good, creating a ton of chances but he seemed to lack some vision at times. Maybe just the over-time and being tired, just looked like he was trying to do a little too much at times.

    Either way, happy for him and congrats to Edmonton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    Very happy to see Kulda become a Champion, even better to see he picked up 3pts and from just reading around, sounds like he was fantastic during the Memorial Cup and for Edmonton all together. Only got to see a little bit of him against Val-d'Or, he looked really good, creating a ton of chances but he seemed to lack some vision at times. Maybe just the over-time and being tired, just looked like he was trying to do a little too much at times.

    Either way, happy for him and congrats to Edmonton.
    Starkovs, as a Latvian I'm sure you are familiar with the tragic story of Kristians Pelss, a former Oil King who drowned at age 20.
    During the celebrations after today's game was over, a number of Edmonton players held his jersey up as a tribute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkovs View Post
    Very happy to see Kulda become a Champion, even better to see he picked up 3pts and from just reading around, sounds like he was fantastic during the Memorial Cup and for Edmonton all together. Only got to see a little bit of him against Val-d'Or, he looked really good, creating a ton of chances but he seemed to lack some vision at times. Maybe just the over-time and being tired, just looked like he was trying to do a little too much at times.

    Either way, happy for him and congrats to Edmonton.
    Not only that, but he was named MVP of the tournament with 7 points in 5 games. Pretty impressive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    Starkovs, as a Latvian I'm sure you are familiar with the tragic story of Kristians Pelss, a former Oil King who drowned at age 20.
    During the celebrations after today's game was over, a number of Edmonton players held his jersey up as a tribute.
    Thanks for sharing, after you say this I see they carried his jersey with them, made patch for him and Jarry has Pelšs on his mask. Its very touching and such a wonderful thing to see. It was sad to see Pelšs go but nice to see Edmonton honour him they way they have.

    Quote Originally Posted by Conesy View Post
    Not only that, but he was named MVP of the tournament with 7 points in 5 games. Pretty impressive!
    Just see the news on sportacentrs, that is even better to hear and again deserves congrats. Should help improve his draft stock this summer.

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    Congrats to Edmonton! I'd love to see this year's version of the Oil Kings take on CIS powerhouse University of Alberta, also located in Edmonton. Years ago, when Alberta was still (as always) the top team or two in the CIS, they played the Oil Kings when the Oil Kings were perhaps the worst team in Major Junior, with Alberta winning a laugher 10-1. The circumstances now would make for a much more interesting matchup.

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