Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Cup Playoffs

The Memorial Cup has completed. My preview is here and my summary of the round robin is here. Here are the playoff results:

Semi-Final Kitchener 9 Belleville 0 This was the most one-sided game in the tournament. Kitchener dominated. Justin Azevedo (undrafted) got a hat trick and two assists. Matt Halischuk (New Jersey draft pick) and Nick Spaling (Nashville draft pick) both added five points each. Josh Unice (Chicago draft pick) got the shutout. Belleville goalie Mike Murphy (undrafted) was victimized for nine goals.

Final Spokane 4 Kitchener 1 The Spokane Chiefs went undefeated in the tournament winning the Memorial Cup. Brandon Mashinter (undrafted) scored first for Kitchener. Spokane answered back with three goals and one more into an empty net. Judd Blackwater (undrafted), Drayson Bowman (Carolina draft pick), Trevor Glass (undrafted) and Jared Cowen (eligible for the 2009 NHL draft) scored for Spokane. Dustin Tokarski (eligible for the 2008 NHL draft) was outstanding stopping 53 of 65 Kitchener shots.

Tokarski, Azevedo, Bowman, Ben Shutron of Kitchener(Chicago draft pick), Mitch Wahl of Spokane (eligible for 2008 draft) and Justin Falk of Spokane (Minnesota draft pick) were named to the tournament All Star Team. Dustin Tokarski was named the tournament MVP.

During Spokane's celebration, the top of the Memorial Cup separated from the base, leaving the cup in two pieces. This is not the original Memorial Cup, which is kept in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but rather a replica.

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