Sunday, May 18, 2014

Oil Kings back on winning path; Terriers win big in Vernon

Elliotte Friedman of HNIC posted the latest edition of 30 Thoughts on Sunday. It always is really readable, so click right here for lots on the implosion of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post continues his look at the new owners of the Regina Pats as he profiles the Semples, Gavin and Shaun, right here.

At the RBC Cup in Vernon, B.C., F Derek Falloon scored his second OT goal of the tournament to give the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers a 4-3 victory over the CCHL’s SJHLCarleton Place Canadians in the championship game. . . . The Canadians took a 3-1 lead into the third period and still had a two-goal lead with fewer than three minutes to play. . . . However, Tanner Lischynsky and Dylan Johnston sacored eight seconds apart (17:12 and 17:20) to force OT. . . . Falloon won it at 15:01 of the first extra period. It was his second OT goal of the tournament. . . . Yorkton held a 46-35 edge in shots, including 10-4 in OT. . . . This is Yorkton’s first RBC Cup championship. . . . After the final, RBC Cup (@HC_RBCCup) tweeted: “In 1999, the @VernonVipers won the #RBCCup in #Yorkton. In 2014, the @Terriers_SJHL win the #RBCCup in #Vernon.”
After Sunday’s game, Los Angeles Kings F Jarret Stoll (@jarretstoll), who once again bought the Terriers their pregame meal, tweeted: “@Terriers_SJHL unbelievable win tonight and season. Pretty nice winning your last game of the year! So proud boys!! #RBC”

(at London, Ont., all times Eastern)
(all games televised by Sportsnet)
Friday: Val-d’Or 1, London 0 (8,863)
Saturday: Guelph 5, Edmonton 2 (8,842)
Sunday: Edmonton 5, London 2 (8,863)
Monday: Guelph vs. Val-d’Or, 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Edmonton vs. Val-d’Or, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: London vs. Guelph, 7 p.m.
Thursday: Tiebreaker, if necessary, 7 p.m.
Friday: Semifinal, 7 p.m.
Saturday: No game scheduled.
Sunday: Final, TBD.

The WHL-champion Edmonton Oil Kings got two goals from each of F Edgars Kulda and F Luke Bertolucci as they dropped the host London Knights, 5-2. . . . The Oil Kings, who lost 5-2 to the OHL-champion Guelph Storm on Saturday, are 1-1. . . . The Knights, 1-0 losers to the QMJHL-champion Val-d’Or Foreurs on Friday, are 0-2 and in a deep hole. . . .  The Oil Kings overcame a balky PP to win this one, as they got progressively better 5-on-5 as the game wore on. . . . F Reid Petryk got Edmonton on the board at 9:42 of the first period, beating London G Anthony Stolarz high to the glove side while cutting across the high slot. . . . That goal came 23 seconds after Edmonton was ineffective on two PP opportunities, one of which was 5-on-3. . . . With Edmonton up 1-0, London F Ryan Rupert was awarded a penalty shot, but Oil Kings G Tristan Jarry, who was at his coolest in this one, closed the five-hole and stone him. . . . Rupert drilled a cross-bar three minutes into the second period, and 3:05 later Kulda cut across the slot and beat Stolarz high to the blocker side. . . . London D Alex Basso got his guys on the board with a shot off the left boards that bounced off Jarry’s glove and in at 16:14. . . . Before the crowd of 8,863 could really get into it, though, Kulda, positioned behind the goal line, bounced one off Stolarz and in for a 3-1 lead going into the third. . . . Bertolucci scored twice in the final period, with F Dakota Mermis scoring off a rebound for the Knights. . . . Jarry finished with 38 saves. . . . Stolarz stopped 27 shots over two periods, before Jake Patterson came on to stop 11 of 13 shots in the third. . . . Kulda and Edmonton D Griffin Reinhart were the two best players in this one. . . . Edmonton was 1-for-8 on the PP; London was 0-for-4. . . . Bertolucci’s second goal, at 18:23 of the third, came via the PP. Edmonton is 1-for-13 with the man advantage in its two games. . . . Guelph plays Val-d’Or tonight -- both teams are 1-0 -- with the Foreurs meeting the Oil Kings on Tuesday. London doesn’t play again until Wednesday when it meets Guelph. The Knights, playing in their third straight Memorial Cup tournament, have to win that game or it’s all over for them. . . . If Guelph wins tonight, the Storm will have qualified for Sunday’s championship game. . . . Not only did the Oil Kings win yesterday, and clinch at least a tiebreaker in the process, but WHL Facts (@WHLFacts) reported that they are the first CHL team to reach 25,000 followers on Twitter. . . . Neate Sager of Yahoo! Canada Sports has a good piece right here that pretty much sums up London’s frustrations.

From Neate Sager (@neatebuzzthenet) of Yahoo! Canada Sports: “Like Monty Python's parrot, the London Knights aren't dead. They're just resting. #MCMemorialCup”
From Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post: “Saskatchewan is 3-for-3 in national hockey championships. Yorkton (junior A), P.A. (boys midget AAA) and Weyburn (girls midget AAA).”

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