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May 30, 2005

MEMORIAL CUP - London Wins!

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Subtitle: Congratulations London! The Knights shut out Rimouski (4-0) to cap of a very impressive season.

London Knights are 2005 Memorial Cup Champions
[via Ottawa 67s, photo by Claus Andersen.]


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

IN THE NEWS
From the Toronto Sun Ken Fidlin writes, Best junior team ever?.

From the London Free Press Jim Cressman writes, Simply the best. Cressman also writes, Cup win gives Syvret, Perry rare junior hockey double. Snippet:

"I don't know if you can get a better year in junior hockey," said Syvret, the Knights captain, who happened to score the winning goal against Russia in the gold-medal game at the world juniors in Grand Forks, N.D.

"Being non-drafted and making the world juniors and winning the gold medal, then coming here and having the season we've had in London and being the Memorial Cup champions, I don't think you can ever top that."

And another by Cressman, Dennis passes praises to mates after rare shutout. Snippet:

Adam Dennis took a draw off a cigar last night and it gave him a head rush.

But that was nothing compared to the rush he was getting from his shutout in the Memorial Cup championship game.

The London Knights goalie is only the second to register a shutout in the final since the tournament format was adopted in 1972. He also won the Hap Emms Trophy as the tournament's top goalie.

From the Toronto Sun Terry Koshan writes, Tired Crosby held in check. Snippet:

"They limited space out there," Crosby said. "They do a good job of holding up. They knew what we could do with our speed and they slowed us right down. Give them credit, they did a good job.["]

Love good sportsmanship. It makes them bigger in my eyes. And Koshan also writes, Yes, Sirs!.

From the London Free Press Jim Kernaghan writes, In the end, Knights deliver perfection.

From the London Free Press Kathy Rumleski writes, Branch gives glowing review.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and television (Sportsnet/Daren Millard, Peter Loubardias, and John Druce).

TEAMS ROSTERS
Rimouski
London

LINE UP – RIMOUSKI
*Forwards:
Roussin, Crosby, Pouliot
Tobin, Stewart, Hrdel
Cote, Charette, Neilson(?)
Aspirot, Arsenault, Bachand

*Defensive Pairings:
Coulombe, Scalzo
J-M Bolduc, Sersen
Tremblay, F Bolduc

*Starting In Goal:
Desjardins. Filiatrault as back up.

LINE UP – LONDON
*Forwards:
Prust, Larman, Kell
Hunter, Boland, Perry
Fritsche, Schremp, Drummond
Beaulieu, Foreman, Thomson
(changes to lines – had Fritsche, Schremp, Perry line)

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

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

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
First Period. The JLC was green – and you could sense the energy even watching the game on television. Both teams seemed quite jumpy, and nerves may have played a large part. The penalty calls started early, with Rimouski giving London the first PP (a 5-on-3 at that) when Neilson punched C. Perry after the play had stopped. It was a terrible thing for Neilson to do, catching Perry totally unaware: Perry skating and looking down the ice and Neilson, who was going off, jabbed out at Perry catching him in the lower face and neck area. Totally uncalled for. Perry went down and Brankley came out to assist him off the ice. While he was down for some time, he wasn’t hurt badly and was back out for the first shift of the PP. Of course, if you give London a 2-man advantage (or is it now called “man-power” advantage – we listened to the television broadcast this time since no Schreibs or AJ) you know they’re going to score. Fritsche shot on Desjardins, and the puck squeaked through. Dennis was given an assist on the goal. London was up 1-0. Fritsche was called for goaltender interference, no doubt he was going to watched closely for this, d/t his rough treatment of Desjardins in their first meeting. London did a good job on the PK. Both teams seemed very strong on the puck – good with passing and puck handling through checks – and it was nice to see an even match up this way. However, London was having more luck around Rimouski’s net. During a number of PP chances, Schremp had goals hit the crossbar or come close. He just couldn’t seem to bury it. Rodney scored to make it 2-0, when he rushed to the net to get to a rebound. The play was started by Fritsche who passed it out to Schremp. The initial shot was stopped by Desjardins, but Rodney came rushing into the offensive zone and was in the perfect spot to get to the rebound. It was a nice play all around. (And it was good to see Rodney having a good game after the last stinker!) London did a great job of containing Rimouski’s top 5. And when Rimouski did get their shots through, Dennis was steady and making the saves. Both teams had 3 PP opportunities, but only London converted. Final SOG were 10 for Rimouski and 13 for London. London was up 2-0.

Second Period. Rimouski was on the PP to start the period, but continued having no luck capitalizing. Schremp hit another one off the crossbar and missed a wide open net. On the next London PP, they made short work of it: all players were scrambling in front of the net, Desjardins lost his stick, and Bolland scored. Rimouski complained that the play should have been stopped as Desjardins had the puck covered (at least that’s what the tv guys were saying), so they went to goal review. It clearly showed the puck – not covered – and Bolland getting a legitimate goal. London went up 3-0. Rimouski put on a bit of pressure after the third London goal: keeping the puck in the Knight’s zone, cycling the puck, but they had no luck. Foreman, attempting to lay a big hit on a Rimouski player who moved out of the way, hit the glass hard with his elbow and head. Brankley came out to assist him. It looked like he had concussed himself. Bolduc then hit C. Perry with his stick on the bridge of Perry’s nose, causing it to bleed. No penalty was called. Perry was taking a lot of abuse in this game, and to his credit (yes, I mean that) he didn’t resort to any shenanigans. (And note that THIS is how we want him to play. Classy. Takes stuff for the good of the team. Shows his dominance through his skills.) Just as the buzzer went to signal the end of the period, Hicks called a penalty on London. SOG were 14 (24) for Rimouski and 19 (32) for London. London was up 3-0.

Third Period. Rimouski stated off on the PP but were not able to do anything. In fact, Bolland got a SH chance, but was tripped up as he got to the net and wasn’t able to get the shot off. And Schremp finally scored to make it 4-0. He intercepted a bad pass by Rimouski. The Oceanic pulled Desjardins at this point, with Filiatrault in to replace him. Desjardins was visibly upset – his blocker covered his face and his shoulders shook as he sat on the bench. He didn’t take his mask off for the rest of the game, including the post-game handshake. A really sad sight to see, as he’s played so well throughout the tournament. Aspirot and Prust tussled. Rimouski was done at this point. They were starting to lose their composure. They knocked Schremp’s helmet off and then elbowed C. Perry high from behind. The crowd started the ‘na-na goodbye’ chant around 7 minutes and revived it again at 4 minutes to go. Then they started with ‘we want the cup’ at just over 2 minutes. The Knights continued keeping Rimouski’s top guys – Crosby, Pouliot, Roussin, Scalzo, and Coulombe – contained and off the score sheet until the final buzzer. Final SOG were 27 for Rimouski and 34 for London. London went on to win 4-0. An absolutely dominating finish from a team expected to win it all. And they did. Congratulations to the Knights and to London fans. Enjoy it!

SCORING
RIMOUSKI
No scoring.

LONDON
1, Fritsche, (3) (Syvret, Dennis), 03:45 (PP)
1, Rodney, (1) (Schremp, Fritsche), 17:00
2, Bolland, (1) (Fritsche, Rodney), 02:48 (PP)
3, Schremp, (1) (Perry), 02:34

PENALTIES
Rimouski PP opportunities – 0/4
London PP opportunities – 2/7

RIMOUSKI
1 - Cote, 2:26 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)
1 - Neilson, 2:26 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)
1 - Neilson, 2:26 - 10-Minute Misconduct, 10min
1 - Scalzo, 11:50 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)
1 - Stewart, 14:09 - Unsportsmanlike Cnd., 2min
2 - Bolduc, 2:16 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)
2 - Crosby, 12:10 - Hooking, 2min (PP)
3 - Crosby, 4:56 - High Sticking, 2min
3 - Aspirot, 4:56 - Major-Fighting, 5min
3 - Coulombe, 5:46 - Holding, 2min (PP)
3 - Bolduc, 9:06 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)

LONDON
1 - Bolland, 2:26 - 10-Minute Misconduct, 10min
1 - Fritsche, 5:10 - Inter. on Goaltender, 2min (PP)
1 - Drummond, 14:09 - Hooking, 2min
1 - Prust, 14:45 - Tripping, 2min (PP)
1 - Methot, 18:34 - Elbowing, 2min (PP)
2 - Hunter, 20:00 - Hooking, 2min (PP)
3 - Hunter, 4:56 - High Sticking, 2min
3 - Prust, 4:56 - Major-Fighting, 5min

THREE STARS
Memorial Cup three stars were: (1) Fritsche-LON, (2) Rodney-LON, and (3) Dennis-LON.

REFFING
Mark Hicks, OHL.

ATTENDANCE
8905.

May 28, 2005

MEMORIAL CUP Semifinal – Rimouski vs Ottawa – Rimouski Wins (7-4), Moves On To Final

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Subtitle: Thank you for a wonderful season.

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Rimouski Ottawa
While it’s not the outcome we were hoping for, the 67s should be proud of their achievement. They surprised a lot of people along the way, and learned something about the power of teamwork and resilience. It was a great ride guys. To those returning, we look forward to seeing you progress. To those who are moving on, we wish you all the best in your next steps. And to the Oceanic, a hearty congratulations. It’s going to be a very fast turn-around for them to play tomorrow, but I imagine they’ll get up for it. One more game, and then what will we do? See CHL Memorial Cup site for game summary here and for game recap here.

IN THE NEWS
(Added by Sid 5.29.2005 1400h)

From the Ottawa Sun Allan Panzeri writes, 67's run 'out of miracles'.

From the London Free Press Eric Bender writes, 67's offence couldn't keep up.

From the Winnipeg Free Press, Rimouski powers past 67's in semi, this quote from Staubitz:

"Truthfully, by the way we played I don't think we deserved to win the game," said Ottawa defenceman Brad Staubitz. "You've got to give them credit. They really handed it to us tonight."

Classy guy, gonna miss him.

From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, Puck stops here for Battochio. Snippet:

Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea said Battochio was worn down by a tough week.

"I just think he wore it," said Kilrea. "He had so many shots and so many situations this week. He was working two-thirds of every game because of the scrambles around our net."

"I just think he was a little bit more tired than anyone else."

Campell also writes, No more 'miracles'.

From the Ottawa Sun Chris Stevenson writes, Knights tarnishing image. Stevenson writes that Joslin played injured throughout the series:

67's defenceman Derek Joslin played with a suspected broken wrist suffered when hit by Jakub Petruzalek in the first practice here. The wrist is too swollen to know if it's broken. But the kid didn't want to miss a chance to play in the Memorial Cup. "I just asked the doctors, 'Can I play? Can we do something to let me play?' He said, 'You're good to go if you want to get frozen up and taped up.' I just beared down and tried to help my team the best I could." That's character, in case you were wondering.

A chance that he might not get again, so I can understand his wanting to play.

And I hesitate to add this snippet (from same article) lest it draw the ire of the NOOFers again ::shudder:: from Rimouski Coach Labonte:

''The Knights, I don't think they need something like that. They don't have to challenge the goalie. They don't have to dive in games. They're a very good team. They don't need to use that kind of stuff to win. The way they manage things, it's not something I appreciate. They have a lot of people over there. I don't know who's the ringleader."

I guess we’re all sore losers, including the Coach of that ‘other’ team in the Memorial cup final. Stevenson also writes, Bonello exits on a sour note. It’s not any consolation I know, but Bonello got to the Memorial Cup twice, and that’s two more times than many junior players get.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and television (Sportsnet/Daren Millard, Peter Loubardias, and John Druce).

Pre-game notes:
*Battochio will be okay to start.
*Petruzalek still out.

PRE-GAME INTERVIEW w/KILLER (Schreibs)
(On playing tonight’s game) Well we did play them well, but we dug ourselves a hole. Every team plays better with a lead. When you’re behind the 8-ball all the time it’s a different type of game.

(On the play of the forwards vs defence) The defence is fine, but they’re under too much pressure. We don’t have enough back checking forwards and the defence is taking a toll being in the end too much and taking too much abuse.

(On the physical play on Crosby) No I think Julian has been taking an awful lot. Certainly when you’re a player of note you have the camera on you and they’re watching your every move. But certainly we have to watch him tonight.

(On Petruzalek) He hurt his knee and it’s not ready yet. He won’t be in the line up.

(On Battochio) Sure he’s fine. He’s got two games in him and then he can rest.

PRE-GAME INTERVIEW w/GUY BOUCHER (AJ)
(On tonight’s game) Well first everybody says it’s a big game. But for us it’s the same as usual. We’ll continue improving on our offence and defence. Our guys are a lot less nervous. Our last game had been better than the other ones. We’re progressing slowly. Our third line did a really good job and the second line too. Everyone is in the game now and we’re ready to go.

(On the output of other lines) I think the media talked about it more than we did. We saw through the playoffs that it was on and off. Up to now the second and third hadn’t scored. We’re pleased to see it. It takes the stress off the kids themselves but not the coaching staff.

(On the top line/5 guys) Well you know they’ve been great for us. We acquired Scalzo and he has fit in well with the rest. They’re our top line, our top 5 guys, but we have other guys that have been doing it too.

(On physical play on Crosby) To be honest it’s been like that for 3 years. He’s had that treatment since he’s been in junior. It wasn’t something any different [than in Quebec] but now the rest of Canada can see it.

(On the goaltending match up) Our goalie has been outstanding for us for a long time. It’s going to come down to details and defensive mistakes.

TEAMS ROSTERS
(via CHL Memorial Cup site)
Ottawa
Rimouski

LINE UP – OTTAWA
*Forwards:
McGinn, Talbot, Hulit (started)
Bickell, Bonello, Mancari
Akeson, Ouellette, Kaspar
VanderVeeken, Lawrance, Alphonso

*Defensive Pairings:
Colbert, Joslin
Staubitz, Reid
Van Herpt, Beard

*Starting In Goal:
Battochio. Guadagnolo as back up.

LINE UP – RIMOUSKI
*Forwards:
Roussin, Crosby, Pouliot (started)
Tobin, Stewart, Hrdel
Cote, Charette, Neilson(?)
Aspirot, Arsenault, Bachand

*Defensive Pairings:
Coulombe, Scalzo
J-M Bolduc, Sersen
Tremblay, F Bolduc

*Starting In Goal:
Desjardins. (?) as back up.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
First Period. Bickell and Cote were called right off the bat (52 seconds in). Crosby scored on the ensuing 4-on-4 to put the Oceanic up 1-0. He roofed it, top shelf. Rimouski was all over Ottawa – had them turning in circles. Coulombe fired on net, and Cote tipped it, to make it 2-0. The 67s were having trouble getting settled. They weren’t the first to the puck, weren’t rushing back to their zone. They still hadn’t registered a SOG at 14:30. Then McGinn, Talbot, and Hulit went racing down the ice – Hulit on the right – Talbot centre – McGinn on the left – Hulit passed and McGinn tipped it in (2-1). Then Mancari stripped the puck in front of the Rimouski net and got a shot off, but Desjardins handled it well. Ottawa went on the PP first, and McGinn scored on the PP – shot from the point by Staubitz – to tie it up (2-2). And a penalty to Bickell gave Rimouski their first PP. Pouliot scored on the PP to regain the lead (3-2). The puck bounced in off Battochio’s skate. Rimouski was then called for boarding – the penalties were getting a little ridiculous. The 67s couldn’t muster anything on the PP. Tremblay went back to the box – another questionable call – but Ottawa wasn’t able to do anything with the opportunity. Another 4-on-4, but then Ottawa/Talbot called for elbowing, making it a 4-on-3. Alphonso went off the ice early in the game and didn’t see him back. SOG were 7 for Ottawa and 17 for Rimouski. The score was 3-2 for Rimouski.

Second Period. The Oceanic continued with their PP to start the third, with Cosby scoring to make it 4-2. Alphonso was back out on the ice. Just over 3 minutes into the period, Ottawa still hadn’t had a shot on goal. Again, Ouellette was working hard. I’m so impressed with him. Except for short bursts by the 67s, the Oceanic were all over the 67s. faster, stronger, passing was unbelievable especially considering all the comments on the poor ice condition. At the end of the period as they were leaving the ice, Killer confronted the ref, and was given a bench minor. Not a good period of hockey for a team that is in a must-win situation. SOG were 15 for Ottawa and 30 for Rimouski. The score was 4-2 for Rimouski.

Third Period. The 67s started a man short, with Akeson serving for Killer’s bench minor at the end the second period. They killed it off. Joslin scored early in the period – a wrist shot from the point – to bring the team within 1 (4-3). Then Bonello was called for high-sticking, and Coulombe scored on the PP to put them back ahead by 2. This seemed to drain any energy the 67s had mustered. For the rest of the period, it was all Oceanic, coasting to the win. Scalzo scored next, put his own rebound in, to make it 6-3. And then Crosby scored his hat trick goal to make it 7-3. It was a bad goal – a shot from far out that Battochio might have thought was going over the net, but dropped down and into the net. At the end of the period Talbot scored to make it (7-4). While it was too little too late, it was good to see Talbot get on the scoresheet. One of the hardest workers for the 67s this year. Final SOG were 14 (29) for Ottawa and 11 (41) for Rimouski. The final score was 7-4 for Rimouski. Congratulations Rimouski. Get your rest – the big game’s tomorrow.

SCORING
OTTAWA
1, McGinn, (2) (Hulit, Talbot), 05:43
1, McGinn, (3) (Staubitz, Kaspar), 07:20 (PP)
3, Joslin, (1) , 02:11
3, Talbot, (1) (McGinn, Hulit), 16:42

RIMOUSKI
1, Crosby, (4) (Roussin, Coulombe), 01:48
1, Coulombe, (1) (Charette, Bolduc), 04:40
1, Pouliot, (3) (Crosby, Scalzo), 09:45 (PP)
2, Crosby, (5) (Roussin, Pouliot), 00:41 (PP)
3, Coulombe, (2) (Roussin, Scalzo), 03:27 (PP)
3, Scalzo, (2) (Roussin, Crosby), 06:46
3, Crosby, (6) (Pouliot), 11:47

PENALTIES
Ottawa PP opportunities – 1/5
Rimouski PP opportunities – 3/5

OTTAWA
1 - Bickell, 0:52 - Roughing, 2min
1 - Bickell, 7:54 - Interference, 2min (PP)
1 - Bonello, 17:41 - Roughing, 2min
1 - Talbot, 19:00 - Elbowing, 2min (PP)
2 - Alphonso, 9:54 - Interference, 2min (PP)
2 - BENCH, 20:00 - Unsportsmanlike Cnd., 2min (PP)
3 - Bonello, 3:02 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)

RIMOUSKI
1 - Cote, 0:52 - Holding Opp. Stick, 2min
1 - Tremblay, 6:42 - Interference, 2min (PP)
1 - Tremblay, 9:57 - Boarding, 2min (PP)
1 - Tremblay, 15:01 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)
1 - Roussin, 17:41 - Roughing, 2min
2 - Cote, 13:15 - Roughing, 2min (PP)
3 - Sersen, 3:52 - Interference, 2min (PP)

THREE STARS
Memorial Cup three stars were: (1) Crosby-RIM, (2) Roussin-RIM, and (3) Coulombe-RIM. TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Crosby-RIM, (2) Coulombe-RIM, and (3) Roussin-RIM.

REFFING
Richard Forest, QMJHL.

ATTENDANCE
8905.

NEXT UP
Memorial Cup Final – 5.29.2005 1630h – Rimouski vs London.

When Hosting A National Tournament, Make Sure To Tell Visiting Teams Where To Find The Local Sports Store

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It's in print now, does that make it more believable? From the Ottawa Sun Chris Stevenson writes, Skategate II with Knights rankles 67's, Patafie.

LONDON -- Call it Skategate II.

67's trainer Brian Patafie is livid after the London Knights refused to let him fix the skate of Ottawa defenceman Brad Staubitz during their game Thursday night, causing the 67's star blueliner to miss almost a full period of hockey.

Patafie accused Knights VP and GM Mark Hunter of kicking him out of the Knights' equipment room and denying access to a riveting machine so the 67's would be deprived of Staubitz' services.

"Their equipment manager (Chris Maton) asked to come into our room (yesterday morning). He wanted to apologize," said Patafie. "He said it was Mark Hunter -- now verbatim -- he said Mark Hunter said, 'That is one of their best players. This is a life or death game. I don't want him in there. (Bleep) him. He's not going to play. If they can't fix his skate, he's not going to play.'

"I said to their equipment manager, 'Look, I'm going to get a copy of our roster. I need you to take it up to Mark Hunter and have him highlight the guys I'm okay to fix their equipment. It's absurd. This is the pinnacle? This tournament?

"They have done a fantastic job. An unbelievable job. This will just put a black mark on it."

Hunter disputed Patafie's claims.

"He came into our room without anybody and you can't just tell a stick boy or somebody you're going into the other team's dressing room," Hunter said. "Chris Maton helped him out, got it fixed and that was the end of that."

Staubitz broke the steel blade on his skate about eight minutes into the game, said Patafie.

It is protocol that the home team allow the visiting team's trainer access to things like the riveting machine, which is too big to bring on the road.

Patafie started to fix Staubitz' skate, but said he was confronted by Knights assistant GM Jim McKellar and a man Patafie identified as the Knights' team liaison, but could not name.

"(McKellar) came in and said, 'We want you out of the room.' I said, 'Well, I've got to fix this skate,' and he said: 'No, you are to leave this room.'

"I told matter of factly that he would have to physically throw me out of room because I'm not leaving and he said, 'Well, if that's what it was going to take.' I continued to do it and then (the liaison) came over and sort of bumped me.

"The bottom line is I told him I'd leave when there was one minute left in the period. I don't want to be in their room when the team comes in. Thing was, I could have had it done if they had just backed off."

STORE TO RESCUE

Patafie said Maton finished changing the steel during the intermission, but Staubitz was further delayed when he had to wait for a break in the play to get back on the ice in the second period.

To make matters worse, Staubitz' blades didn't match. The 67's finally got the entire moulding and blade changed at a local sporting goods store yesterday morning.

"I couldn't believe it," said Staubitz. "I couldn't believe we couldn't get into the equipment room for me to get my skate fixed. I just missed a bit of the game ... all the first period."

This adds to the bad blood between the 67's and Knights, who could meet in the Memorial Cup final tomorrow.

BLADES ORDERED OFF

The OHL final was marked by "Skategate" when the Knights complained to the league about the Overdrive blades on the skates of Ottawa goaltender Danny Battochio. The league ruled he had to take them off.

Patafie said when Sudbury had a problem with its skate sharpener in the second round, 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea instructed him to loan Ottawa's to the Wolves.

"He told them they could take ours home for Game 5," said Patafie.

"That's the difference. That's the difference between the Hall of Fame and the hall of shame."

Everything's okay as long as it's in the name of winning!

Can you imagine the stink this would have caused if it had of been Crosby's skate that we're discussing? Or C. Perry? Oh hell, anyone besides an Ottawa player (because Ottawa is really an inconsequential nuisance team that doesn't really matter).

The new Hunter rule: Teams hosting a major event (such as the Memorial Cup) must set up an equipment room that all visiting teams may use without the interference of the home team. Go ahead Branch. Obviously it needs to be written up now.

And here's what others say, plus some pre-game news:

From the Globe and Mail Tim Wharnsby writes, Ottawa 67's snubbed.

From the Toronto Sun Terry Koshan writes, Skategate: 67's trainer cries foul. Snippet:

Controversy reigns at the 2005 Memorial Cup.

Well, sort of. Ottawa 67's trainer Brian Patafie said yesterday he was told to stop using a skate rivet machine in the London Knights' dressing room during the round-robin game Thursday night between the two teams. Patafie was fixing a skate for defenceman Brad Staubitz when he was told, allegedly through orders from Knights general manager Mark Hunter because "Staubitz is too important a player," to stop and leave the room.

"I didn't say that," Hunter said. "You can't just tell a stick boy or somebody you're going into the team's dressing room. Chris Maton (the Knights' equipment manager) helped him out, got it fixed and that was the end of it."

Patafie said the skate was not properly fixed until yesterday morning, and Staubitz had to play with skate blades of different widths.

Koshan also writes, Time flies for Crosby. And, Crosby is rough 'n ready.

From the Toronto Sun Ken Fidlin writes, Battochio in survival mode. Snippets:

If he can get through the warmup tonight without being killed by his own teammates, Ottawa goalie Dan Battochio may well be a decisive factor in the Memorial Cup, sudden-death semi-final against the Rimouski Oceanic

[. . .]

When Ottawa played Rimouski Tuesday, Crosby had a big target pasted on his shirt and you can expect more of the same tonight. Either that or Crosby will bury them with his skill. But Kilrea disputes that Crosby is the only player singled out.

"If you followed (Ottawa forward) Julian Talbot around with a camera, you'd probably see the same abuse that he's taking. Everybody's trying to protect Sidney Crosby and Corey Perry but (Thursday) Julian Talbot had his helmet knocked off three times. No penalty.

"We have some guys that are taking abuse, too. Unfortunately, they're just not as big a name as (Crosby)."

From the London Free Press Jim Kernaghan writes, Knights deny 'Skategate' accusation.

From the London Free Press Ryan Pyette writes, Ottawa can't get any respect.

From the Ottawa Citizen Donna Spencer writes, Sidney Crosby and the Oceanic prepare for Ottawa in Memorial Cup semifinal.

May 27, 2005

LONDON KNIGHTS ARE CLASSLESS PUKES!!!

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Just heard via TEAM 1200/Dean Brown the most DISGUSTING London story yet . . .

Last night Brad Staubitz blocked a shot, and in the process it broke the blade of his skate.

The 67s’ trainer, Patafie, took his skate to the Knight’s training room because he had to rivet a new blade onto the skate boot, which required the use of a riveting machine.

Apparently there is a ‘code’ that traveling teams use the home teams’ equipment for these repairs when on the road, because they can’t travel with all the equipment that they might possibly need in the event of a repair.

Well, not last night!

Patafie was ordered out of the room by a team liaison – even though the equipment manager had let him in initially, and was helping him find the appropriate tools.

The team liaison radioed up to Mark Hunter when Patafie wouldn’t leave the room, and Mark Hunter said that Brad Staubitz is too valuable to them so get him out of there!

So they gave Brad a new pair of skates that didn’t fit, then he ended up with the one skate that wasn’t broken and another skate with different size of blade. That’s how he played the remainer of the game.

TEAM 1200 played an interview that Schreibs did with Patafie:

[paraphrasing]

First of all the protocol in the OHL minor league is that if you have a problem like that and you need to use the riveter they let you in to use the tools. With the weight and bulk, you can’t carry it.

So I went to their room.

A directive came down from upstairs that said I had to leave the room.

A little argument ensued because I had to fix the skate. I was trying to fix the skate while all this was going on, but it was hard because I didn’t know where things were.

The team [London] liaison got involved.

I couldn’t get the skate fixed, so I handed the skate to their equipment manager to finish the job.

We had to get the other one changed at a local sports shop this morning.

[Schreibs asked him what the team was saying this morning]

I’m getting a different story every time.

The London trainer [Brankley] said Mark Hunter gave the order to kick me out.

The equipment manager said he was sorry.

The liaison told me that Mark Hunter said that Brad Staubitz is too important to our [67s] team and it’s a life or death situation and he’s [Patafie’s] not fixing it in our room.

So I asked him that if I gave him a roster of our team to give to Mark Hunter, would he please highlight the players that I will be allowed to fix in their rooms. The rest I’ll take to a local sports shop.

If you go to 3 or 4 writers throughout the league and ask who the trainer is for Ottawa, Windsor etc. they won’t know. I’m not part of the equation. I’m a roadie, part of the support crew. I want to win and my goodness I’m 50 years old and I’m not sure I have many more in me. But win like that, I’m not interested.

It would normally take me less than 5 minutes in my own room, with my equipment.

[Schreibs said Patafie should have been back long before the first period was over if you hadn’t encountered any problems.]

I pride myself on that. I’m organized.

And then there’s the other issue – I’m responsible for them if someone gets hurt.

And when I come off the ice to fix a piece of equipment and I’m not available to treat them it’s in the back of my mind.

I think, would the London trainer rush out to treat them if one of my guys went down? I’m not sure.

[/paraphrasing]

And here’s Staubitz’ take on it (interviewed by AJ and played on the TEAM 1200) (Added 5.27 1645h by Sid):

[paraphrasing]

Just the steel broke on my skate and we couldn’t get in the training room.

Patafie went in the Knights’ dressing room to use the riveter.

He was kicked out by security and I ended up missing a period of the game.

Kind of disbelief that that would happen especially in a tournament like this.

Not much you can do, just look past it.

[/paraphrasing]

Schreibs on with TEAM 1200/Dean Brown and Bruce Garrioch:

Schreibs said he has tried to get a hold of Jim McKellar, who apparently sets up interview requests and what not. But he’s not answering today and has no answering service on his cell.

Schreibs wants to confront Mark Hunter, and so does Chris Stevenson.

They expect to get some “half-arsed” explanation. They’re expecting some run-around line, “you can bet your bottom dollar.”

Schreibs said he’s been around a long time and he’s never seen something like this.

He said that they want a Rimouski/London match so bad it’s ridiculous. Schreibs sounded disgusted, and he’s not the only one (see this post).

*Update 5.27 1745h by Sid – (via TEAM 1200/Lee Versage) The Kitchener Rangers are going to send their rivet machine to London for Ottawa’s use. They said that they were surprised that Ottawa hadn’t asked for assistance earlier, knowing London as they do. Love the Rangers!

Battochio Takes A Puck In The Adam’s Apple In Practice!

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After surviving a puck to the collarbone the other day from Petruzalek, VanderVeeken hit Battochio in the Adam’s apple today.

FOR GAWD’S SAKE, he’s the only freaking guy on the ice playing worth a damn! What the hell is wrong with this team.

Schreibs said today on the TEAM 1200/Dean Brown and Bruce Garrioch that Killer had told everyone before the practice that if you shoot high on him today just get the hell off the ice. And VanderVeeken did just that – as soon as he saw him go down, he skated immediately to the dressing room.

Schreibs said that Killer was not in a very good mood before the practice and you can imagine how he was after.

I hope he’s okay.

London Knights Beat Rimouski To Win The 2005 Memorial Cup

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Congratulations to the London Knights who will win the Memorial Cup on Sunday over the Rimouski Oceanic. That's the way the League scripted it from Day 1, and they're not going to let a little thing like "playing the games" interfere with their plan. London has received some generous refereeing in all three of their games, starting with the tournament opener against Rimouski, and finishing with the disaster last night.

The game started off with Hicks calling no penalties at all. London was taking all kinds of liberties on Ottawa, but the ref seemed content to "let the players decide". Then Ottawa got themselves in real trouble - they scored first! That wasn't part of the plan! Hicks put an end to that real quick by loading up on some Ottawa penalties. Once the game was well out of hand (4-1), he could let Ottawa have a few PPs so that it would look even on the scoresheet. Ottawa may not have played very well, but at least give them a fighting chance! It's bad enough having to compete with an opponent, without having to battle the refs as well. Even worse, they kept getting in the way! If you're not going to do your job, get off the ice!

This is the Knights/Crosby show, and the League's not going to let anything get in the way of that. Especially not an unranked team like Ottawa. So you can be sure that the reffing will favour Rimouski on Saturday, and favour London on Sunday.

How is it possible that the only team in this tournament that has NOT been called for diving is London? What a joke. If this is the best I can expect from hockey, maybe I'll just go watch basketball instead. I hear they have a kid named Nash in the NBA who's supposed to be pretty good.

MEMORIAL CUP GAME 6 – London vs Ottawa – London wins 5-2 And Earns Bye To Final

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Subtitle: What’s Good For The $, What’s Good For The League

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It’s the semi-finals against Rimouski, where I imagine Rimouski wins as this is what the League and the newspeople apparently want – London vs Rimouski. I hope Ottawa does their best to spoil their plans – it would be so delicious. See CHL Memorial Cup site for game summary here and game recap here. See OHL for game recap here. See 67s’ site for pics here.

IN THE NEWS
PRE-GAME NEWS
From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell write, 67's worst Knight-mare. Writes about Danny going down in practice after he was hit in the collarbone by a high shot from Petruzalek, and has various player’s reactions like:

"It was like, holy s--t, that's our Crosby," winger Mark Mancari said.

Also,

Kilrea said if Battochio can't play tonight, "Then me, Vinny and Bert (assistant coaches Malette and O'Brien) might as well not go, either."

And,

"I was shooting at the other end, and then I heard silence, looked back and saw Danny down. It wasn't something you want to see," said Ottawa captain Will Colbert.

"Things like that happen in practice and it was an accident, but you never want it to happen. Danny's the reason why we're here and we need him in this tournament."

And from one goalie controversy to another . . . From the London Free Press Jim Cressman writes, Goalie choice stays secret.

From the London Free Press Eric Bender writes, 67's realize they need to score. Snippet:

"We have to stay out of the penalty box and we have to cut down on the giveaways that we have been having because they just have too many goal scorers," said Kilrea. "And they'll capitalize on mistakes."

From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, Kilrea ready to light 'bonfire' under 67's. Funneh:

"I would hope the guys would be fired up because they're playing in the Memorial Cup. You know they say light a fire? I'd like to make it a bonfire under somebody's ass for the next games that we've got, never mind a little fire you're going to cook a couple of hot dogs on," Kilrea said before yesterday's practice.

Campbell also writes, Two-goal win will earn 67's trip to final.

POST-GAME NEWS
From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, Still a fighting chance. Snippet:

Kilrea was upset with referee Mark Hicks many times during the match, and ignored the official when he came to the Ottawa bench near the end.

"If we had been face to face, I might have said something," said Kilrea. "He might have been coming over to make a point, but I didn't want to hear it. I wanted to try and finish the game, so I talked to my trainer instead."

From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, Batman's wing looks just fine.

From the Ottawa Sun Chris Stevenson writes, Crosby could use a hood. Snippet:

[. . .] How did referee Mark Hicks make it to the Memorial Cup? He's simply too inconsistent to be in charge of a big game and isn't it funny how many of his games degenerate into cheapshots and stickwork? ... And oh, yeah, how does a spear to Brodie Beard's gonads wind up as "interference?" Only if Hicks interpreted that as interfering with Beard's potential fatherhood.

From the Ottawa Citizen Wayne Scanlan writes, 67's say goodbye for shot at bye.

From the London Free Press Jim Cressman writes, Knights on to final. And Cressman writes, Perry promises a win Sunday for Knights fans.

From the London Free Press Jim Kernaghan writes, Battochio buckles under Knights' blitz.

From the London Free Press Morris Dalla Costa writes, Long-suffering Knights fans one game from hockey heaven.

From the London Free Press Eric Bender writes, Ottawa offence continues to struggle.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and television (Sportsnet/Daren Millard, Peter Loubardias, and John Druce).

*67s get last change tonight.
*Petruzalek remains out of the line up with injured knee.
*Dennis out, Coleman in.

PRE-GAME INTERVIEW w/KILLER (Schreibs)
(On being in the semifinals) Yeah and we still have a shot of that first place. I hope that we come out and earn a bye. It’s a big thing. The purpose is to come out with winning and see. We know there’s an another game here this Saturday or Sunday.

(On Kelowna-Rimouski game) I’m happy that there’s a team eliminated. Right now the odds - one is gone, so the odds are better.

(On things the team needs to work on) A couple of guys that haven’t really been dangerous or gotten loose. They should be ready. We need more than we’re getting right now. You know with London they’ll be getting 4 or 5 or whatever. We’ll have to pick up our game.

(Keys to tonight’s game) I’d say hard work and also stay out of the penalty box and hopefully we’ve learned something from our last game. We can learn from our mistakes.

(Will Petruzalek be in the line up) I don’t know. He said his knee hasn’t responded to the treatment. He felt discomfort. We’re not going to rush it. He’ll tell us when he’s ready.

PRE-GAME INTERVIEW w/COACH HUNTER (AJ)
(On tonight’s game) Well we played a series against them. It was a hard fought series. We expect a hard fight tonight.

(What do you expect from Ottawa) The same style the series has been. Hard working, fast skating hockey.

(On winning record in tournament) You know it’s nice to win, to get 2. But you still have to keep winning. Play one game at a time.

(On C. Perry) Well he’s a competitor. He wants to win. He’s a kid that pushes himself every day. He’s proven it.

(On Methot) Mark is a defensive defenceman, but to win champions you need some guys that don’ts score often to step up.

(On Larman’s big game) Definitely he’s played well for us defensively. And again you need guys, unsung heroes, to step up.

(On getting a bye to the final) definitely it’s a big game. That’s what you start the tournament – that’s what your shooting for.

(On having an all OHL final) You know it’s the OHL. Both teams have played well in the tournament and a credit to Ottawa and a credit to our team, but Rimouski is a very good team.

TEAMS ROSTERS
(via CHL Memorial Cup site)
London
Ottawa

LINE UP – OTTAWA
*Forwards:
McGinn, Talbot, Hulit
Bickell, Bonello, Mancari
Akeson, Ouellette, Kaspar
VanderVeeken, Lawrance, Alphonso

*Defensive Pairings:
Colbert, Joslin
Staubitz, Reid
Van Herpt, Beard

*Starting In Goal:
Battochio. Guadagnolo as back up.

LINE UP – LONDON
*Forwards:
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:
Coleman. Dennis as back up.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
First Period. The 67s started off on a strong note, with Bickell, Bonello, and Mancari starting, but London came back with a vengeance getting stronger and stronger as the period progressed. Staubitz went off to the dressing room and he didn’t return, certainly not good news considering he’s Ottawa’s leading scorer and defenceman. Bolland scored, but on video replay it was clearly a high-stick and was waved off. Ottawa came back to score (1-0), the rebound went in the net off Syvret’s skate but the initial shot was by Hulit. London went on the PP first, Beard was called for tripping. Girardi scored to tie it 1-1. Looked like it may have gone off Bonello’s stick. Ottawa then got their first PP, with Foreman in the penalty box. The Knights got 2 SH chances, with Battochio making a huge save off Drummond. London got another PP opportunity at the end of the period that was carried into the second. Except for the first 1 minute or so, London was all over the 67s. SOG for the period were 12 for Ottawa and 14 for London. The score was tied at 1-1.

Second Period. With over a minute left on London’s PP to start the period, the 67s killed it off. Staubitz was back on the ice in the second. Ouellette was working hard – skating fast, creating chances. Hunter scored to get the lead (2-1). Ottawa had another PP, but couldn’t get anything going – trouble getting into the offensive zone, offside carrying the puck, etc. Syvret fired a shot just in from the blue line, scoring to make it 3-1. London got another PP. The 67s were barely holding on in the this period. They looked out-matched, and they were out-played. C. Perry scored to make it 4-1. SOG for the period were for 5 (17) Ottawa and 22 (36) for London. The score was 4-1.

Third Period. Ottawa started the period on the PP, and London was called for another to put them down by 2. Mancari scored to make it 4-2. Drummond got a SH chance on the 5-on-4 and the 67s iced the puck on their PP – it wasn’t going well for them. Kaspar was having trouble on the point, with the speedy Knights able to get by him and down the ice for SH chances. Before the end of the game, Bonello was kicked out – a penalty plus a ten minute misconduct. Fritsche scored on the PP to make it 5-2. Van Herpt was kicked out too. Final SOG were 28 for Ottawa and 49 for London. London won 5-2.

SCORING
OTTAWA
1, Hulit, (1) (Colbert, Talbot), 08:48
3, Mancari, (2) (Bonello, Kaspar), 00:53 (PP)

LONDON
1, Girardi, (1) (Perry, Hunter), 11:46 (PP)
2, Hunter, (1) (Prust, Methot), 04:56
2, Syvret, (1) (Bolland, Fritsche), 11:52
2, Perry, (4) (Schremp, Hunter), 17:13 (PP)
3, Fritsche, (2) (Bolland, Syvret), 18:10 (PP)

PENALTIES
Ottawa – 1/5 on PP
London – 3/6 on PP

OTTAWA
1 - Beard, 10:05 - Tripping, 2min (PP)
1 - Bonello, 16:14 - Cross Checking, 2min
1 - Colbert, 19:48 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)
2 - Reid, 9:26 - Interference, 2min (PP)
2 - Talbot, 15:34 - Slashing, 2min (PP)
2 - Staubitz, 16:41 - Interference, 2min (PP)
3 - Ouellette, 10:27 - Roughing, 2min
3 - Bonello, 17:45 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)
3 - Bonello, 17:45 - 10-Minute Misconduct, 10min
3 - Van Herpt, 19:22 - High Sticking, 2min
3 - Van Herpt, 19:22 - 10-Minute Misconduct, 10min

LONDON
1 - Foreman, 14:16 - Checking from Behind, 2min (PP)
1 - Drummond, 16:14 - Roughing, 2min
2 - Bolland, 6:07 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)
2 - Prust, 18:55 - Interference, 2min (PP)
3 - Methot, 0:21 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)
3 - Girardi, 6:09 - Roughing, 2min (PP)
3 - Bolland, 10:27 - High Sticking, 2min
3 - Beaulieu, 19:22 - High Sticking, 2min
3 - Beaulieu, 19:22 - 10-Minute Misconduct, 10min

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

REFFING
Mark Hicks, OHL.

ATTENDANCE
8905.

NEXT UP
Semi-finals – 5.28.2005 – Rimouski vs Ottawa.

May 25, 2005

MEMORIAL CUP GAME 5 – Kelowna vs Rimouski – Rimouski Hangs On To 4-3 Win & Kelowna's Run Is Over

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Subtitle: Kelowna Turns It On In The Third But It’s Too Little, Too Late

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And Ottawa will be one of the three teams remaining. So much for those who counted them out. Imagine that. See CHL Memorial Cup site for game summary here.

IN THE NEWS
From the Ottawa Citizen Aaron Wherry writes, Rockets suffer misfire.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and television (Sportsnet/Daren Millard, Peter Loubardias, and John Druce).

TEAMS ROSTERS
(via CHL Memorial Cup site)
Kelowna
Rimouski

LINE UP – KELOWNA
*Forwards:
Mosienko, Ofukany, Comeau
Keller, Spurgeon, Bodie
Darzins, Ray, Howarth
Blanar, Bauer, Sylvester

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

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

LINE UP – RIMOUSKI
*Forwards:
Roussin, Crosby, Pouliot
Tobin, Stewart, Hrdel
Cote, Charette, Neilson(?)
Aspirot, Arsenault, Bachand

*Defensive Pairings:
Coulombe, Scalzo
J-M Bolduc, Sersen
Tremblay, F Bolduc

*Starting In Goal:
Desjardins. (?) as back up.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
First Period. Rockets started off on a energetic note. Roussin, Pouliot, and Crosby were getting some good chances early though. Bodie had a great opportunity – hit the cross bar. Kelowna had the first PP opportunity, got some shots on Desjardins. Then Rimouski had a PP, there was a scramble in front of the net, Crosby was cross-checked – drawing 4 minutes - putting Kelowna down by 2. They killed off the 5-on-3, and the 4 minute penalty. Rimouski was then called. And the revolving penalty doors began. Hrdel scored on the PP, getting the first goal from a line other than Crosby/Pouliot/Roussin (1-0). SOG at the end of the 22 for Rimouski and 6 for Kelowna. The Oceanic were up 1-0.

Second Period. Kelowna had a PP to start the period, and Spurgeon converted, scoring to tie (1-1). Crosby scored (2-1) to get Rimouski back in the lead, off a great pass by Roussin (an awkward pass made by Roussin). (And it’s pretty obvious who AJ’s was routing for by his ‘score’ call. “Ssssscccccccccoooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeesss” is reserved for Rimouski goals, while “they. score.” for Kelowna.) Scalzo scored a SH goal (3-1). It didn’t look like he was going to be able to control the puck, but he put it between Westblom’s legs. Kelowna players appeared to be loafing around. Rimouski then peppered Westblom with a number of shots. Kelowna took another 5-on-3 (for 1:20ish). Bolduc scored easily to make it 4-1. Then Kelowna took another penalty (before the 5-on-4 had expired) to give another 5-on-3 to Rimouski. The Rockets started losing it, going with the after-the-whistle roughing tactics. SOG at the end of the period were 21 (27) for Kelowna and for 11 (33) for Rimouski. Rimouski was up 4-1.

Third Period. Comeau scored off a rebound – banged the puck in from behind the net – 2 minutes into the period (4-2). Kelowna was given their 5-on-3. The Rockets fired everything they had at Desjardins, and Comeau, just out the penalty box, scored to make it 4-3. Kelowna was given ANOTHER PP opportunity. Rimouski killed it off, with Desjardins stopping a number of shots. Kelowna finally decided to give it everything they had – firing shot after shot, forechecking, playing physical. They pulled Westblom at the end of the game. Roussin shot it for an EN but missed. Then Coulombe fired on the empty net, missing. With one last faceoff in the offensive zone, Rimouski got the puck and fired it down the ice to end Kelowna’s Memorial Cup run. Rimouski won 4-3. Final SOG were 47 for Kelowna and 40 for Rimouski.

SCORING
KELOWNA
2, Spurgeon, (1) (Keller, Weber), 02:14 (PP)
3, Comeau, (2) (Deschamps, Ray), 02:23
3, Comeau, (3) (Card, Weber), 06:42 (PP)

RIMOUSKI
1, Hrdel, (1) (Scalzo, Coulombe), 17:01
2, Crosby, (3) (Roussin, Pouliot), 04:53
2, Scalzo, (1) (Cote), 11:57 (SH)
2, Bolduc, (1) (Scalzo, Crosby), 16:14 (PP)

PENALTIES
Kelowna – 2/7 on PP
Rimouski – 1/7 on PP

KELOWNA
1 - Keller, 10:44 - Ob-Holding, 2min (PP)
1 - Mosienko, 11:14 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)
1 - Mosienko, 11:14 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)
1 - Card, 16:56 - Hooking, 2min (PP)
2 - Mosienko, 15:18 - Holding, 2min (PP)
2 - Comeau, 15:56 - Slashing, 2min (PP)
2 - Ray, 16:50 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)
2 - Card, 16:50 - Roughing, 2min

RIMOUSKI
1 - Neilson, 8:55 - Roughing, 2min (PP)
1 - Crosby, 15:36 - Slashing, 2min (PP)
2 - Cote, 1:36 - Hooking, 2min (PP)
2 - Tremblay, 10:22 - Elbowing, 2min (PP)
2 - Tobin, 16:50 - Roughing, 2min
3 - Cote, 4:08 - Interference, 2min (PP)
3 - Scalzo, 5:26 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)
3 - Coulombe, 10:11 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)

THREE STARS
Memorial Cup three stars were: (1) Scalzo-KEL, (2) Comeau-KEL, and (3) Desjardins-RIM. TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Scalzo-RIM, (2) Comeau-KEL, and (3) Crosby-RIM.

REFFING
Derek Herman, WHL.

ATTENDANCE
8950.

NEXT UP
Game 6 – 5.26.2005 1900h – London vs Ottawa

May 24, 2005

MEMORIAL CUP GAME 4 – Ottawa vs Rimouski – Rimouski Wins 4-3

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Subtitle: Battochio holds his own against Sid the Kid

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(A neighbourhood power outage really set me back blog-wise today. Let me tell ya, the panic sets in when a blogger can’t access their computer or the internet all day!!!) A disappointing outcome for Ottawa. The 67s didn’t capitalize on their opportunities and didn’t get the puck luck. Many players didn’t step up (Bonello, Alphonso, Ouellette, Hulit, and Battochio aside: these guys rocked). They were playing from the catch-up position all night, getting within reach of a tie then letting it slip away. The refereeing was less than stellar. A lot of slashes BOTH ways uncalled, some real questionable calls that led to goals . . . Disappointing to see them lose, but it’s good that they’ve shown they can play against all three league champions. See CHL Memorial Cup site for game summary here and game recap here. See OHL site for game summary here. See Ottawa 67s’ site for game summary here, and pictures of Game 4 here.

IN THE NEWS
PRE-GAME NEWS
From the Ottawa Sun Chris Stevenson writes, McKenzie did not diss 67's. Snippet:

Brian Kilrea didn't use his fourth line in the first OT Sunday, but did put them out there in the second. "It was their speed and freshness that got the penalty that gave us the winning goal," said Kilrea. Kelowna's Blake Comeau was sent off at the 14-minute mark for high-sticking Arron Alphonso and at 15:41, Brad Staubitz ended it.

That’s what we thought – Comeau was doing all he could to keep up with the speedy Alphonso, which included hooking and hauling. Unfortunately for Kelowna, the last hook hit Alphonso in the face – hence the penalty. So when giving props to Staubitz and Bonello, some big ones also go to Alphonso!

From the Ottawa Sun Chris Stevenson writes, 67's looking to lay beating on Crosby. On playing Crosby:

"Once you start looking at the puck or curling away from the puck, he can make you look silly," said Bonello. "You have to play the body and match his speed with him. Try and stay as close as possible to him."

Since the 67's don't have a designated checking line, Kilrea said the priority tonight will be getting the right defencemen on the ice when Crosby is out there. As a group, the 67's blueliners had an awful night against Kelowna on Sunday, so they will have to upgrade their games.

Crosby has been playing right wing since returning from the world juniors, so the 67's left defencemen, starting with Will Colbert, will be on the spot.

"I can't wait. I've seen him on TV and heard about him for two years. I finally got to see him live on Saturday. To get a chance to match up against him (tonight), I'm going to enjoy it. It'll be fun," said Colbert.

"It's a tough task. I'm just going to try and do my best and hopefully I don't wind up minus-5."

"We'll roll four lines and they'll have the opportunity to use him at their leisure," said Kilrea. "You have to know where you can gamble and where you can't and give him the respect he deserves."

From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, Petruzalek might not be done.

From the London Free Press, Game day.

POST-GAME NEWS
From the Ottawa Citizen Donna Spencer writes, Roussin scores twice for Rimouski in a 4-3 win over Ottawa at Memorial Cup.

From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, 'We played a poor game'. Snippet:

"We played a poor game, and we had too many guys who didn't play well at all," said 67's coach Brian Kilrea.

From the London Free Press Jim Kernaghan writes, Oceanic aid Knights.

From the Ottawa Sun Chris Stevenson writes, Lack of passion costly for 67's. Oh no, please no:

"We've had trouble with consistency all year," said defenceman Brad Staubitz, who had a goal and an assist last night.

Don’t they realize that they’ve got a few games left in the year, for some their junior career. You’d think that they’d be over that ‘inconsistency’ problem by now.

From the Toronto Sun Terry Koshan writes, The Sid is all right.

From the Toronto Sun Ken Fidlin writes, Crosby gets no favours. Snippets:

"I see the game from my side and I trust the honesty of the referee," Labonte said, diplomatically. "It depends how they see the play and their judgment. I can yell but I'm not the one who's making the decision."

[. . .]

When it was over, with the 67's storming the Rimouski net to tie it in the last minute, if you listened very closely, you could hear a sigh of relief from the tournament organizers.

The dream final for this tournament involves the London Knights and Rimouski. They have the star power. From a marketing standpoint, Ottawa and the Kelowna Rockets are mere props.

Your dream, buddy.

From the London Free Press Morris Dalla Costa writes, No underdogs playing in this tournament. Snippet:

The Oceanic hung on for their tournament life against the no-longer-an-underdog 67's for a 4-3 win last night at the John Labatt Centre. Both teams are now 1-1 in the tournament.

[. . .]

"If anyone thinks we're the underdogs still, I don't know what they are watching," said Mancari. "We won the first game and lost this game by a goal. If they want to think of us as the underdogs, that's fine, but I think we have proved ourselves."

From the Ottawa Citizen Allen Panzeri writes, Oceanic hold off 67's.

And saving the best for last, from the Globe and Mail Tim Wharnsby writes, Comeback kids finally meet.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and television (Sportsnet/Daren Millard, Peter Loubardias, and John Druce).

Congratulations to Sidney Crosby, named CHL player of the year.

PRE-GAME INTERVIEW w/KILLER (Schreibs)
(Thoughts on game vs Kelowna) [Battochio’s saves kept us in the game.] The turning point happened early in the game. That they didn’t pull away from us, that was the turning point.

(On tonight’s game) I’d like to see a few of the fellows who didn’t have a great game, whether nerves or not. I thought that Brad Bonello did not get the exposure he deserved. He was our best forward.

(On playing against Sidney Crosby) We had to play C. Perry and they’re alike in a lot of ways. We need to be aware when he’s on the ice.

(On Petruzalek) I don’t think he’ll play tonight. We’ll have to make an adjustment, I’m just not sure what it is.

PRE-GAME INTERVIEW w/ASST COACH GUY BOUCHER (AJ)
(Thoughts on game vs London) I thought we came in prepared but it’s a big show, with big hype. Half the team was nervous. I don’t feel that we put our normal team on the ice. We feel we didn’t put our game on the ice and London played well. We’re looking forward to the next game, rather than looking back.

(On Crosby’s linemates) A lot of our players are being overlooked because of Sidney. A lot of the other players helped us win the playoffs and no one is talking about them. Cedrick – our goalie held us in the game with London, Pouliot, our second line Stewart, Tobin, Hrdell have done a tremendous job. Our top 4 defencemen have done really well.

(On tonight’s game) We knew of them before because at this level you get tapes to study. They’re not a skilled team, but a physical, grinding team. Their goalie got them through the playoffs. We’re expecting a tight team against a grinding team.

(On the importance of this win) Well that was the focus in the first game: trying to get one game. We’re still trying to do that. We’re not thinking of Kelowna, just Ottawa. Things we didn’t do well, we’ll work on. A lot of the stress is gone, the guys are more relaxed this time. We know that Ottawa was in the final in the OHL, they beat London, and they beat Kelowna the other night.

TEAMS ROSTERS
(via CHL Memorial Cup site)
Ottawa
Rimouski

LINE UP – OTTAWA
*Forwards:
McGinn, Talbot, Hulit
Bickell, Bonello, Mancari
Akeson, Ouellette, Kaspar
VanderVeeken, Lawrance, Alphonso

*Defensive Pairings:
Colbert, Joslin
Staubitz, Reid
Van Herpt, Beard

*Starting In Goal:
Battochio. Guadagnolo as back up.

LINE UP – RIMOUSKI
*Forwards:
Roussin, Crosby, Pouliot
Tobin, Stewart, Hrdell
Cote, Charette, Neilson(?)
Aspirot, Arsenault, Bachand

*Defensive Pairings:
Coulombe, Scalzo
J-M Bolduc, Sersen
Tremblay, F Bolduc

*Starting In Goal:
Desjardins. (?) as back up.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
First Period. The penalties started early, with Reid getting the first call for hauling down Tobin. Bonello did his best rendition of C. Perry, and was called for diving. He does embellish, and that was particularly embarrassing to watch. Reid was called again, this one questionable, leading to a goal by Crosby to give Rimouski the lead (1-0). The Oceanic didn’t let up after the penalty, skating fast, creating a 3-on-1. The 67s looked like they were standing still, like they didn’t know which way to turn and what their assignment was. Sersen was called next, to make up for the bad call on Reid earlier. Ottawa had a number of good scoring chances but weren’t able to capitalize. And then Roussin scored to put Rimouski up by 2 (2-0). Again, the 67s were scrambling around in front of their net. Scalzo and Hulit collided, banging knees. Scalzo took the worst of the hit, going down, grabbing his leg. The Rimouski trainer came out, and Scalzo was assisted off the ice by his teammates. Roussin was called for knocking Staubitz into the goalpost, taking Battochio out in the process. Kaspar scored on the ensuing PP to get the 67s in the scoresheet (2-1). It was a great goal: Bolduc shot the puck high, attempting to get it out of the zone, with Crosby waiting to breakaway with it up ice. Kaspar jumped and gloved it down, then fired a hard shot that went it. SOG at the end of the game were 14 for Ottawa and 14 for Rimouski. Rimouski was up 2-1.

Second Period. Pouliot scored early into the period to make it 3-1. That line had tremendous puck movement, and the 67s continued to scramble about. Bona was called for checking Alphonso (another questionable call), to give the 67s their 3rd PP opportunity. Battochio made a big save when Arsenault got a SH chance. Once the 67s got set up, they did get a number of chances. Battochio made another huge save when Rimouski got a 3-on-0 breakaway, led by Crosby. Desjardins knocked his net off (like Game 1) and was called for it (unlike Game 1). Bonello was doing a great job winning faceoffs during the PP. Some more lost opportunities with Alphonso missing a wide open net, and Hulit getting a SH chance but couldn’t get the shot off. Battochio was called for interference, and Staubitz did a good job body blocking shots. Hulit had another SH chance, but no goal. SOG at the end of the period were 36 for Ottawa and 29 for Rimouski. The score was 3-1 for Rimouski.

Third Period. 50 seconds into the period the Staubitz scored, to bring the 67s within 1 (3-2). They fired a volley of shots at Desjardins, and had a lot of energy. Crosby was high-sticked by Colbert (unintentionally, Colbert doesn’t play ‘that’ style), and the trainer came out to assist him. No penalties were called. Hulit had another breakway opportunity, but Desjardins stopped him. Roussin scored to make it 4-2, banging in a rebound which Battochio is usually good at controlling. Then Hulit went down, writhing (Terry Koshan/Toronto Sun said on the TEAM 1200/Garry Galley and Dave Gross this morning that he could hear Hulit’s scream up in the pressbox). Patafie came out, and off they went. On replay, Hulit was slashed on the wrist. On a PP (Bonello highsticked by Bolduc), Staubitz shot a hard one that was redirected into the net by McGinn to get within 1 again (4-3). McGinn was taking a lot of abuse in front of the net, but it paid off. Ottawa pulled Battochio at the end of the period, but the 67s couldn’t tie it up. Rimouski won an important game, to remain in the running, with a final score of 4-3. Final SOG were 51 for Ottawa and 39 for Rimouski.

Net cam view: Desjardins stopped the 67s all night
[Via CHL, Photo: Dave Sanford]
SCORING
OTTAWA
1, Kaspar, (1) , 18:24 (PP)
3, Staubitz, (2) (Mancari, Colbert), 00:50
3, McGinn, (1) (Staubitz, Kaspar), 12:28 (PP)

RIMOUSKI
1, Crosby, (2) (Pouliot, Coulombe), 11:18 (PP)
1, Roussin, (2) (Coulombe, Scalzo), 15:19
2, Pouliot, (2) (Coulombe, Crosby), 01:00
3, Roussin, (3) (Pouliot, Scalzo), 07:00

PENALTIES
Ottawa – 2/8 on PP
Rimouski – 1/5 on PP

OTTAWA
1 - Reid, 0:49 - Interference, 2min (PP)
1 - Bonello, 3:56 - Unsportsmanlike Cnd., 2min
1 - Reid, 11:00 - Roughing, 2min (PP)
2 - Ouellette, 15:08 - Roughing, 2min (PP)
2 - Battochio, 17:05 - Interference, 2min (PP)
3 - VanderVeeken, 13:59 - Hooking, 2min (PP

RIMOUSKI
1 - Neilson, 3:56 - Cross Checking, 2min
1 - Sersen, 12:17 - Interference, 2min (PP)
1 - Roussin, 17:43 - Interference, 2min (PP)
2 - Bona, 2:46 - Interference, 2min (PP)
2 - Desjardins, 6:01 - Delay of Game, 2min (PP)
2 - Tremblay, 9:03 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)
3 - Bolduc, 11:59 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)
3 - Coulombe, 19:25 - Interference, 2min (PP)
3 - Coulombe, 19:25 - Interference, 2min (PP)

THREE STARS
Memorial Cup three stars were: (1) Pouliot-RIM, (2) Coulombe-RIM, and (3) Kaspar-OTT. TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Pouliot-RIM, (2) Staubitz-OTT, and (3) Coulombe-RIM.

REFFING
Richard Forest, QMJHL.

ATTENDANCE
8905.

NEXT UP
Game 5 – 5.25.2005 1900h – Rimouski vs Kelowna

May 23, 2005

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

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Subtitle: Rockets Run Out Of Fuel

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

IN THE NEWS
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.

PRE-GAME NOTES
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.

TEAMS ROSTERS
(via CHL Memorial Cup site)
London
Kelowna

LINE UP – LONDON
*Forwards:
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.

LINE UP – KELOWNA
*Forwards:
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.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
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.

SCORING
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

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

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

LONDON
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

KELOWNA
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

THREE STARS
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.

REFFING
Mark Hicks, OHL.

ATTENDANCE
8905.

NEXT UP
Game 4 – 5.24.2005 1900h – Rimouski vs Ottawa

MEMORIAL CUP GAME 2 – Ottawa vs Kelowna – Ottawa Wins in 2OT (3-2)!!!

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Subtitle: We Love Brad Staubitz! We Love Danny Battochio!

vs
Ottawa Kelowna
In the longest game in Memorial Cup history, Ottawa pulls off a huge victory. Battochio stands on his head – stopping 62/64 SOG! And Brad Staubitz, with big props to Brad Bonello, gives the 67s a tie with London for lead in points in the Memorial Cup. See CHL Memorial Cup site for game summary here and game recap here. See OHL site for game recap here.

IN THE NEWS
PRE-GAME NEWS
From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, 67's in shadows. He also writes, McGinn a go for 67's vs. Rockets. From the Ottawa Sun Chris Stevenson writes, Rescued in the Nick of time.

POST-GAME NEWS
From the Ottawa Citizen Donna Spencer writes, Ottawa 67's beat Kelowna Rockets 3-2 in double overtime at Memorial Cup. Snippet:

"A lot of people didn't believe in us coming in," said 67's goaltender Danny Battochio. "We've been playing underdogs all playoffs. We've been eliminating all these top teams. I hope this proved people wrong and they'll think twice."

[. . .]

"Tonight's win was exactly what we needed to kick off the tournament," said Staubitz.

From the Sportsnet site, Marathon matchup takes toll on 67's, Rockets

LONDON, Ont. (CP) - After battling the Kelowna Rockets for 95 minutes and 41 seconds of intense, pressure-packed hockey, the Ottawa 67's were as hungry as they were tired. Ottawa's last meal prior to the double overtime marathon - the longest game in Memorial Cup history - came at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

[. . .]

"You never really train yourself to play five periods of hockey," said Ottawa forward Brad Bonello. "You want to play three periods of hockey and get it over with. If it goes to overtime, or double overtime, you've got to be ready for those kinds of things."

Battochio was simply unbelievable, making save after acrobatic save. The 62 stops was also a Memorial Cup record. His best came in regulation when Kelowna forward Blake Comeau appeared to have an empty net toshoot in but Battochio, sprawled out on the ice, stayed with it and extended his glove hand as far as he could to keep the puck out.

"Obviously, I just didn't give up," said Battachio. "You talk to any good goaltender and they'll tell you on plays like that, never ever give up. He had me down. I went down first and I didn't give up. I stuck a glove out to see what I could get out of it and to my luck, it got in there."

Such heroics have been the norm for Battachio since he joined the 67's two seasons ago.

"I don't know where to start," Colbert said when asked about his goaltender. "I've been telling everybody, he's been like that for us every game all year. He wasn't even drafted, which was unbelievable."

(More news arts added 5.23.2005 1445h)

From the Ottawa Sun Barre Campbell writes, Staubitz makes history. Snippet:

"I kicked the puck out front, and the speed (the shot) was going, nine times out of 10, it's going in the net or through the net with Staubie," said Bonello. "When he gets into that position, we were just getting ready to raise our hands."

[. . .]

"I saw it come through Westy, and I tried to kick it off the back of my skate out of the crease," said Kelowna captain Brett Palin. "I'm not too sure what happened. I guess with the replay, I was told that it went off my skate."

Campbell also writes, Czech's Cup likely over. Snippet:

Ottawa coach Brian Kilrea said later that he feared Petruzalek's role for the remainder of the tournament would be as a spectator.

"We'll double some guys and we'll insert somebody else," said Kilrea. "We'll sit over a Molson Ex and see if someone can guess a better line than I put together."

From the Ottawa Sun Chris Stevenson writes, Batman and robbin'. Snippet:

HEAR AND THERE: Staubitz' winner doesn't happen without 67's F Brad Bonello creating a turnover behind the Rockets net and kicking the puck out front. Just plain old hard work ... The 67's took some satisfaction from yet again proving their naysayers wrong. "After hearing (TSN's) Bob McKenzie say we wouldn't win a game at the Memorial Cup, we wanted to stick it to him a bit," said Bonello ... 67's owner Jeff Hunt entertained the club's draft picks in a suite at the game yesterday. Gee, you think they liked what they saw?

[. . .]

JUST WONDERING: [. . .] A question that has no answer: Who was the 67's best defenceman yesterday?

Duh – Battochio. Seriously, I’d give Van Herpt props for some great defensive plays.

[. . .] After the game, the exhausted players came to the media tent to be interviewed. How tired were they? 67's captain Will Colbert was in the middle of answering a question when he stopped. "I can't remember what I was going to say. I'm too tired."

From the Ottawa Citizen Wayne Scanlan writes, Battochio leads 67's never-say-die effort. Snippet:

What a lesson for a national TV audience. Don't give up. Even against long odds, even while lying flat on your back, hopelessly out of position.

[. . .]

Winger Mark Mancari, the London native who received a fabulous welcome when he was introduced, and generated another roar with a short-handed goal, said players could hardly walk afterward, they were so drained of fluid and energy.

"You can feel the lactic acid building right now," Mancari said.

From the Ottawa Citizen Allen Panzeri writes, 67's win Memorial marathon.

From the London Free Press Ryan Pyette writes, Little Battochio stands tall for 67's. Snippet:

"We don't play a defensive style of hockey," Kilrea said. "We let Battochio go out there and take care of defence and we go skate-and-shoot."

Pyette also writes, 67's double the fun. Snippet:

Staubitz's power-play point blast ended the longest game since the Memorial Cup switched to a tournament format in 1972. The contest took 95 minutes and 41 seconds -- topping the 85:34 played by Barrie and Kootenay in 2000 in Halifax -- and ended four hours and one minute after the opening faceoff.

[. . .]

"I'm not the most offensively talented guy in the world. I'd still be described as a stay-at-home defenceman but we had a lot of chances and the game felt like it was going on forever. We knew it was a matter of time and someone had to score."

[. . .]

"Hopefully, we earned a little bit more respect," Staubitz said. "It was tough reading the papers and watching TV and seeing a lot of people counting us out. We used it as motivation. We had come in here in the OHL final against London and showed people we could play."

From the London Free Press Morris Dalla Costa writes, Ottawa alters Cup landscape. Snippet:

he 67's threw this tournament into a spin with their win. Remember the 67's? They were the team that wasn't supposed to be here.

Guess what? They are here and they will be reckoned with.

"That doesn't bother us. We've heard that all throughout the playoffs," Londoner Mark Mancari said. "Ottawa was along for the ride. We weren't going to go very far in the playoffs. There's a lot less pressure on us being underdogs. We're the type of team that plays with our hearts in our sleeves. Every guy on the bench wants to win."

From the Toronto Sun Terry Koshan writes, Battochio puts on a clinic.

And this is interesting – media critiquing media (although I agree with the writer in this case) from the London Free Press Noel Gallagher writes, Sportsnet coverage bland, overstated. Snippet:

Later, a London player's foul on the Oceanic goalie was spotted by the referee yet somehow escaped the notice of the entire TV crew and their battery of on-ice cameras.

This is what I thought – they had the behind-the-net cam to show when Desjardins pushed his own net off. More:

Though the games are available in high definition TV, the on-air conversation often seems unfocused and indefinite: "That was some kind of shot and some kind of save."

Sorry Sportsnet, but I just cannot listen to Peter ‘ske-yorrrrrrrres’ Loubardias, so the tv goes on mute and the radio is propped up. Even with the delay between sound and view it’s more tolerable. And why can’t they show the post-game press conferences. I’d rather watch unedited, hard-to-hear press conferences then the edited pieces shown on Sportsnet, sprinkled throughout the evening sports newscast.

From the Globe And Main Tim Wharnsby writes, 67's stun defending champions.

PRE-GAME NOTES
The game was broadcast on radio (TEAM 1200/Dave Schreiber and AJ Jakubec) and television (Sportsnet/Daren Millard, Peter Loubardias, and John Druce).

PRE-GAME INTERVIEW w/KILLER (Schreibs)
(On Game 1 – London vs Rimouski) I thought it was a great game and you saw the stardom of Crosby and the great play of London. We got a great bonus going into OT and overall, with London getting the extra chances they were the better team.

(On Rimouski’s goalie) Their goaltender played extremely well. You can see why they’re here. He played well. When you get this far you have to realize that goaltending is a major part of it.

(On Ottawa’s game today) The same as everyone else: starting off the tournament on the right side of the ledger. Every game is sudden death. All I know is that we’re not looking forward to anyone else besides today’s game.

(What you know about Kelowna) From what I’ve been told, and friends giving me little bits of tips, they’re a hard working team that finishes their checks. What you’d expect from a team playing at the this calibre.

(On McGinn playing) I asked him this morning and he let me know that he’s fine to play. I told him that with one hit he could be out and he said he knew that and said yes so I said yes.

PRE-GAME INTERVIEW w/COACH JEFF TRUITT (AJ)
(On taking on the head coaching duties) Not an awful lot of changes from an assistant to head coach. I had a good teacher in Mark Habschied that let me be hands on. Nothings been overwhelming or scary. Doing the same things I’ve done over the last year. Give the team the opportunities to do everything right.

(On winning the Memorial Cup last year) We’re fortunate with the talent that we’ve got. Junior hockey is cyclical and we’re in a good cycle. Even next year we’ll only lose a few guys.

(On flying under the radar as returning champions) It’s helped us an awful lot. We’re not in the spotlight and deservedly so. London and Rimouski have had great seasons with high profile guys. That’s fine. We don’t mind that at all. We’ll keep doing our business

(On their style of game) We play a good defensive style of game. We take care of our zone. We thing of ourselves as a two way team because we put the puck in the net as well. We’re doing the right things.

(What you know about the 67s) On the 67s, not an awful lot. We know a little bit. We know that Brian Kilrea’s troops at the least have good work ethic. They’re a proud organization with hard working forwards up front that put the puck in the net. They’ve got a good goaltender. I think we match up pretty well with depth. A little bit of the fear of the unknown.

TEAMS ROSTERS
(via CHL Memorial Cup site)
Ottawa
Kelowna (CHL has the first names as last names!)

LINE UP – OTTAWA
*Forwards:
McGinn, Talbot, Hulit
Bickell, Bonello, Mancari
Akeson, Petruzalek, Kaspar
Lawrance, Ouellette, Alphonso

*Defensive Pairings:
Colbert, Joslin
Staubitz, Reid
Van Herpt, Beard

*Starting In Goal:
Battochio. Guadagnolo as back up.

LINE UP – KELOWNA
*Forwards:
Mosienko, Ofukany, Comeau
Keller, Spurgeon, Bodie
Darzins, Ray, Howarth

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

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

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS
During the pre-game team introductions, a lot of the 67s looked like they were going to throw up/nervous (notably Bonello!). Some of them looked composed (Mancari). Some of them had fun, waving and winking (Petruzalek, Alphonso, and Lahey). And as seen during the OHL intros, Mancari got a nice applause from the home-town London crowd.

First Period. The 67s looked jittery and unsettled, and this continued for most of the period. It was good to see McGinn back in the line up with Talbot and Hulit, who got the start. Reid took the first penalty, and it cost the team as Bodie scored to give Kelowna the lead (1-0). Petruzalek took a weird hit, and Patafie had to come out to assist him off the ice. Announcers suggested a knee injury. Ouellette took his place on the line up. He didn’t return to the game. Ottawa had another PP opportunity but weren’t able to convert. They had a good chance, but it hit the cross bar. Kelowna had two breakaways, but one shot went over the net, the other wide. Bonello was working hard – good forechecking and positioning to block the puck. At the end of the period (with 12 seconds left), Staubitz was called for crosschecking. SOG at the end of the period were 11 for Ottawa and 12 for Kelowna. The score was 1-0 for Kelowna.

Second Period. The period started with Staubitz in the box. The 67s were able to kill off the penalty and then they went on the PP. Comeau stripped the puck from Staubitz, requiring Battochio to make a big save to prevent a SH goal. Ottawa was having a lot of trouble maintaining puck control. Kelowna was very strong in forechecking and taking the puck away from Ottawa. Some of the 67s weren’t hustling after the puck, and having trouble with passes. Alphonso wasn’t one of them though. He was working so hard on his shifts. That line, with Lawrance and Ouellette impressed me greatly. They always work hard – sometimes making the more experienced lines look bad. Staubitz took another penalty, and Mancari scored a SH goal with an assist to Bonello to tie the game (1-1). It looked like they weren’t going to make it – like they were running out of steam, but they pulled it out. Mancari’s shot squeaked through Westblom’s legs. Comeau got the lead back for the Rockets when he waltzed right into the 67s zone unobstructed, popping the puck in the net (2-1). Joslin was having a hard time containing Comeau who seemed to be able to get around him with ease. Beard was called for continuing to play when his helmet came off, but the Kelowna PP was negated when Comeau was called for goaltender interference. No goals were scored by either team. SOG at the end of the period were 8 (19) for Ottawa and 9 (21) for Kelowna. The score was 2-1 for Kelowna.

Third Period. Ottawa scored a controversial goal in the third. The ref had to go to review, as it appeared that the puck was kicked in the net. On replay it was clear (at least to me) that the puck was put in the net by the Kelowna player (Palin). The goal counted, and Reid was given credit. This tied the game at 2-2. Things opened up a bit in the second half of the period, with chances at both ends and the goalies making big saves. The period ended with a tie, sending Game 2 (like Game 1 the night before) to OT. SOG at the end of the period were 10 (29) for Ottawa and 14 (35) for Kelowna.

1OT. Around 12 minutes into the period, Howarth was called for highsticking Joslin. The ref had no choice to call as it happened right in front of him. Staubitz scored from the point, but it was quickly called off as Ottawa was offside. Talbot, Hulit, and McGinn had a number of chances at this point – and all night for that matter – but just could not get it in the net. Kelowna killed off the penalty. Then Battochio made a game-saving stop off a hard shot by Keller (I think), and the London fans reacted by giving him a standing O. Van Herpt was defending well, at one point making a great defensive play to break up 2 Kelowna players and shoot the puck out of the 67s net area. And because Kelowna was called you knew that Ottawa would have to be extra careful – but Kaspar was called for interfering at the tail end of the period. The period ended with the score still tied at 2-2, and Kaspar in the box with 12 seconds remaining in his penalty. SOG were 8 (37) for Ottawa and 20 (55) for Kelowna.

During the 1OT intermission, the Sportsnet crew reported that Petruzalek had been taken to the hospital for x-rays, but had no further news. The linesmen and ref were experiencing cramping d/t the length of play and heat (they don’t get the same breaks as the players). The ref was seen sitting in the penalty box, drinking.

2OT. The Rockets took another penalty in the 2nd OT period, when Cumiskey hauled down Bickell who was trying to get to their net. Then Kelowna was given another penalty – Weber crosschecked Bonello. But Staubitz was called for hauling down Cumiskey, creating a 4-on-4. The Rockets were called one more time, Comeau for high sticking Alphonso. Comeau was hooking, hooking, and then it caught him in the face. Bonello worked hard on the PP, forechecking, staying with the puck behind the Rocket’s net with 2 guys on him. The puck came out in front of the net, there was a scramble by a bunch of players, the puck squirted out and Staubitz one-timed it hard. It went in. The 67s won it in 2 OT periods. A goal by Staubitz, who made up for all the penalties and turnovers with one rocking shot on net. The announcers (I think it was AJ or Schreibs) said that half the team jumped Staubitz, the other half jumped Battochio at the other end of the rink. Very fitting, as they were the stars of the game. Final SOG were 47 for Ottawa and 64 for Kelowna. The 67s won 3-2.

Everyone piles on to celebrate 2OT win over Kelowna
[Via CHL, Photo: Dave Sanford]
SCORING
OTTAWA
2, Mancari, (1) (Bonello), 06:56 (SH)
3, Reid, (1) , 02:55
5, Staubitz, (1) (Bonello, Bickell), 15:41 (PP)

KELOWNA
1, Bodie, (1) (Spurgeon, Weber), 04:34 (PP)
2, Comeau, (1) (Keller), 11:34

PENALTIES
Ottawa – 1/8
Kelowna – 1/7

OTTAWA
1 - Reid, 4:11 - Ob-Hooking, 2min (PP)
1 - Staubitz, 19:47 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)
2 - Staubitz, 5:33 - Interference, 2min (PP)
2 - Beard, 15:25 - Illegal Equipment, 2min (PP)
3 - Bonello, 3:43 - Roughing, 2min (PP)
4 - Kaspar, 18:13 - Interference, 2min (PP)
5 - Staubitz, 10:51 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)

KELOWNA
1 - Keller, 7:35 - Roughing, 2min (PP)
1 - Weber, 16:28 - Roughing, 2min (PP)
2 - Keller, 2:00 - Hooking, 2min (PP)
2 - Comeau, 15:51 - Inter. on Goaltender, 2min (PP)
4 - Howarth, 7:31 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)
5 - Cumiskey, 8:36 - Hooking, 2min (PP)
5 - Weber, 10:06 - Cross Checking, 2min (PP)
5 - Comeau, 14:00 - High Sticking, 2min (PP)

THREE STARS
Memorial Cup three stars were: (1) Battochio-OTT, (2) Spurgeon-KEL, and (3) Staubitz-OTT. TEAM 1200 three stars were: (1) Battochio-OTT, (2) Comeau-KEL, and (3) Staubitz-OTT.

REFFING
Richard Forest, QMJHL.

ATTENDANCE
8905.

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Game 3 – 5.23.2005 1900h – London vs Kelowna