Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Memorial Cup: A history . . . 1929

Elmwood Millionaires vs. Toronto Marlboros
at Toronto (Arena Gardens)

The Elmwood Millionaires, a Winnipeg-based team, came awfully close to not making it to the Memorial Cup.
They met the Kenora Thistles in the two-game, total-goal western playoff series and were forced into overtime in the second game.
The Thistles brought a one-goal edge to the Winnipeg Amphitheatre and maintained that into the third period of the second game.
But ???? Burridge scored late in the third period for Elmwood to give the Millionaires a 2-1 victory in regulation time and force overtime.
Elmwood won it when substitute forward Billy Kendall, a speedster, scored at 7:30 of extra time in front of more than 6,500 fans.
That victory moved Elmwood into an Abbott Cup final against the Calgary Canadian-Falcons.
Game 1, played on March 20 in the Winnipeg Amphitheatre, ended in a 1-1 draw.
Calgary held a 3-1 lead midway through the third period of Game 2 and seemed home free. But it wasn't to be.
The Millionaires, with Kendall scoring twice, struck for the game's last three goals to post a 4-3 victory and advance to the Memorial Cup final.
In the east, the Ottawa Shamrocks opened with a 4-3 victory over the visiting Toronto Marlboros on March 24. One night later, in Toronto, the Marlboros outscored the
Shamrocks 3-1, with captain Charlie Conacher scoring all three goals, to win the series 6-5.
The Memorial Cup, a best-of-three affair, opened on March 29 at the Arena Gardens in Toronto.
The Marlboros, coached by Frank Selke, won the opener 4-2 in overtime.
Toronto's line of centre Eddie Convey between left-winger Harvey (Busher) Jackson and Conacher -- known as the Three Musketeers -- led the way.
Max Hackett put Toronto on the board at 11:50 of the first period. ???? McQuade tied it at 1:20 of the second, but Convey put the Marlies out front at 18:45.
Elmwood's ???? Gill scored the only goal of the third period to force overtime.
And Toronto scored the only two goals of the extra period, Jackson getting them both off of perfect passes from Conacher.
Two nights later, the Marlboros posted a 4-2 victory before 8,000 fans to sweep the series.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the opening period, Convey scoring for Toronto, ???? Duncanson for the Millionaires.
Conacher scored the only goal of the second period, giving Toronto a 2-1 edge going into the third.
Conacher scored his second goal at 4:02 of the third -- the goal would stand as the Memorial Cup-winning score -- and Hackett gave Toronto a 4-1 lead at 9:21.
Bobby Kirk, who would coach the Flin Flon Bombers to the 1957 Memorial Cup title, had Elmwood's other goal, late in the third period.

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