Thursday, May 26, 2005


Memorial Cup: Rockets Burn Out

It just wasn't meant to be for the Kelowna Rockets at the Memorial Cup.

After getting robbed in their first game by the 67s Danny Battochio and his 62-save performance in double-OT, the Rockets were beaten by a fresh Knights squad in the second game the very next day.

Last night, Kelowna came up against Rimouski in a do-or-die game and lost 4-3 in yet another exciting game.

Final Shots: 47-40 for Rimouski.

After the first two periods, it was 4-1 for Rimouski and I thought the game was pretty much over. Foolish Golbez, you never learn!

Kelowna spent the first two periods unravelling from their disciplined mechanic defence and spent a lot of time killing penalties - The Rockets gave Rimouski 7 Power Plays in the first two periods.

The tables reversed in the 3rd period when it was Rimouski that suddenly started taking bad penalties and this allowed Kelowna back into the game.

2 Power Play goals by speedy Blake Comeau (who had taken a dumb dumb penalty in the 2nd period). Kelowna outshot Rimouski 18-7 in the final frame, but just couldn't get that 4th goal to tie the contest. So, now we'll have to watch the Eastern teams battle it out.

I really am enjoying this tournament more than the Stanley Cup Playoffs of last year. Certainly, the lack of televised hockey has helped me and countless others avoid 'Hockey Burnout', but each and every game has had a great pace, lots of scoring chances, and the kind of excitement that a lot of non-partisan NHL Playoff games just haven't given me in recent years.

Now, the 67s face the London Knights to determine the final seeding. If the 67s can pull off the win, then we'll have three teams finishing 2-1. If the Knights win, they get the cruical 'bye' into the Finals and they can watch Rimouski and Ottawa tire each other out. I expect another great game.

Video Clip of the Week

Joeri Loonen from showed me this great penalty shot goal by Paul Vincent of the Amsterdam Bulldogs. It's eerily similar to a penalty shot goal by Slovakia's Tomas Kopecky at the 2000 World Junior Championships.[1].rm
Vincent is victorious!

It's not Paris Hilton eating a hamburger and washing a car, but I don't want angry parents trying to close down my site ;)

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