May 23, 2005

MEMORIAL CUP GAME 3 – London vs Kelowna – London Wins In Regulation Time (4-2), Takes 2-0 Tournament Lead

Subtitle: Rockets Run Out Of Fuel

London Kelowna
See CHL Memorial Cup site for game summary here and game recap here.

It’s fun to read the WHL boards. They’re quite a bit more colourful than NOOF. Apparently some Brandon fans are still a little upset about losing to the Rockets, and now that Kelowna has lost 2 games, those guys are loving it. And then there’s the odd comment like this:

Kelowna making the DUB look bad . . . If Brandon were there they would have at least beat the Ottawa team.

Still not getting the respect. Ah well. Comes with the underdog tag.

(News articles added 5.24.2005 1530h by Sid).

From the London Free Press Jim Cressman writes, Another step closer. Cressman also wriets, Larman finds scoring touch. Larman on his two goals:

"It's a little ironic, but the bounces went my way. You think about scoring a couple of goals in any game, but in the Memorial Cup, especially."

From the London Free Press Morris Dalla Costa writes, Knights prove they can also win ugly.

From the London Free Press Eric Bender writes, Knights silence Rockets' top scorer.

From the London Free Press Ryan Pyette writes, Prust brings game to foes.

The game was broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and television (Sportsnet/Daren Millard, Peter Loubardias, and John Druce). AJ did the call tonight, sparing Schreibs’ voice which has been given him fits of late.

(via CHL Memorial Cup site)

Prust, Larman, Kell
Hunter, Boland, Perry
Fritsche, Schremp, Drummond
Beaulieu, Foreman, Thomson
(moved the lines around – Bolland and Prust)

*Defensive Pairings:
Girardi, Methot
Rodney, Syvret
Ferry, McCready(?)

*Starting In Goal:
Dennis. Coleman as back up.

Mosienko, Ofukany, Comeau
Keller, Spurgeon, Bodie
Darzins, Ray, Howarth
Blanar, Bauer, Sylvester

*Defensive Pairings:
Palin, Card
Cumiskey, Weber
Deschamps, Couture

*Starting In Goal:
Westblom. Wall as back up.

First Period. Bodie got the Rockets on top first, with a great zip move to get around Rodney and straight to the net – 39 seconds into the period. A great start by Kelowna. They came out rocking, and it may have caught London flat-footed expecting a worn out and tired team. Kelowna got the first PP (Syvret to the box) but wasn’t able to convert. The jump, the hustle, the rushing to the net by Kelowna was a sight to see. Bodie got a ton of chances. Great positioning by the Rockets in rushing plays on the net. SOG 8-0 for Kelowna about 7 minutes into the period. Larman tied it up when he intercepted the puck – a turnover by Deschamps (1-1). Comeau got his stick between the legs of Fritsche, giving the Knights their first PP. Kelowna had trouble getting the puck out of the zone – London seemed to gain strength over the course of the PP, although they weren’t able to score. SOG at the end of the period were 10 for Kelowna and 9 for London. The score was tied at 1-1.

Second Period. And then a really wonky non-goal that looked like a goal. Foreman shot one at the net from near the red line, and the puck hit one post, bounced to the other post, and was finally hit away by Westblom. In all its travels, the puck didn’t go over the goal line. A couple different angles shown on video replay showed that the puck didn’t cross the line. A very weird situation, but the goal was not counted. It looked like Westblom was caught sleeping. C. Perry, with Boland on a breakaway 2-on-1, scored off his own rebound to give the Knights a 2-1 lead. Rodney was called for slashing – a marginal call, but it gave the Rockets a PP. Rodney was having a tough night. And on the other side Weber was struggling too. Ray was given a double minor for boarding Prust, and C. Perry scored on the first PP (3-1). It was a sniper shot from the blue line. This put the Knights up by 2. Kelowna was having a hard time keeping up with London. SOG at the end of the period were for 8 (18) for Kelowna and 16 (25) for London. The score was 3-1 for London.

Third Period. Rodney continued taking penalties, but Kelowna was unable to do anything with the opportunities. Another wonky goal, this one Westblom let in, a hard shot from way out, by Larman, put London up by 3 (4-1). Kelowna took two penalties (both on Fritsche), but Deschamps coming out of the penalty box scored SH to make it 4-2 (again side-stepping Rodney). Kelowna just couldn’t continue with the pressure. No matter what the teams says, last night’s long game had to have a detrimental effect on the them. They pulled the goalie at the end, but couldn’t put one past Dennis. London went on to win 4-2, going up 2-0 in the tournament. Final SOG were 7 (25) for Kelowna and 10 (35) for London. The score was 4-2 for London.

1, Larman, (1) , 07:16
2, Perry, (2) (Hunter, Syvret), 07:22
2, Perry, (3) (Schremp, Hunter), 14:02 (PP)
3, Larman, (2) , 06:50

1, Bodie, (2) (Cumiskey), 00:39
3, Deschamps, (1) (Spurgeon), 10:46 (SH)

London – 1/7 on PP
Kelowna – 0/4 on PP

1 - Syvret, 2:56 - Boarding, 2min (PP)
2 - Bolland, 1:19 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)
2 - Rodney, 8:01 - Slashing, 2min (PP)
3 - Rodney, 2:11 - Clipping, 2min (PP)
3 - Kell, 15:14 - Roughing, 2min

1 - Comeau, 8:38 - Hooking, 2min (PP)
1 - Comeau, 13:18 - Elbowing, 2min (PP)
2 - Card, 10:01 - Ob-Holding, 2min (PP)
2 - Ray, 12:54 - Checking from Behind, 2min (PP)
2 - Ray, 12:54 - Checking from Behind, 2min (PP)
3 - Deschamps, 8:08 - Interference, 2min (PP)
3 - Palin, 8:58 - Elbowing, 2min (PP)
3 - Keller, 15:14 - Roughing, 2min

Memorial Cup three stars were: (1) Larman-LON, (2) C. Perry-LON,and (3) Hunter-LON. TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Larman-LON, (2) C. Perry-LON,and (3) Hunter-LON.

Mark Hicks, OHL.


Game 4 – 5.24.2005 1900h – Rimouski vs Ottawa

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