Sunday, May 27, 2007


Vancouver Giants Win the Memorial Cup

Just as the title suggests, the Vancouver Giants got the ultimate revenge for losing the WHL title to the Medicine Hat Tigers by winning the Memorial Cup by a 3-1 score tonight.

This caps off a dream season for the Giants, who will now face the loss of many of their great veterans to the AHL, University hockey, or other pro hockey outlets.

The tournament also set a Memorial Cup record. Yep, it was nice to get a taste of some hockey success in this city. Perhaps the Canucks can take a cue.

From the website:
The Vancouver Giants won the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup in front of a hometown crowd as they defeated the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-1 in the Championship game on Sunday, May 27th at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C.

Czech winger Michal Repik broke a 1-1 tie with under five minutes to go in the third period, beating Tigers’ netminder Matt Keetley with a wrap-around that went through the five hole, while Spencer Machacek put the game away with a late empty-net goal.

With the victory, the Giants – the tournament’s host team - exact some revenge on the Tigers, who won the 2007 WHL championship with a dramatic double overtime win in Game 7 over the Giants in Medicine Hat.

The Giants stormed out of the gate, out-shooting the Tiger by a 17-5 margin in the opening period, but could not solve Keetley, who was superb in turning aside 37 of 39 shots he faced to keep his team in the contest.

Tyson Sexsmith made 14 saves for the Giants in the victory, turning aside only two Tigers shots in the third period.

Giants’ winger Milan Lucic, who picked up an assist on Repik’s game-winner, was named the MVP of the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament. The Boston Bruins’ prospect from Vancouver scored notched two goals and eight points in the tournament, and set the tone for the Giants in the Championship game with several big hits early on.

Yes, congrats to Milan "L-Train" Lucic to winning the MVP award for the tournament. The rest of the country got a true chance to see what kind of beast this guy is.

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Fantastic game. Lucic was hitting anything that moved, stopping only to sit out a fighting major. The Giants were flying most of the evening. Keetley was phenomenal, because it could easily have been about 6-1 after two. (Fucking Flames, another great goaltending prospect.)

Only issue? Who the fuck lets a credit-card company sponsor the Memorial Cup? Isn't that kind of disrespectful?
Only issue? Who the fuck lets a credit-card company sponsor the Memorial Cup? Isn't that kind of disrespectful?

Yes, but we've long crossed the line with corporations putting their names and logos on things for a quick buck.

Lucic is a monster, and drastically improved his real hockey skills this season. He's a real keeper...certainly better than the garbage the Canucks took (Grabner)
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