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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MEMORIAL CUP: REBELS 2 WHEAT KINGS 1 OT

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The Red Deer Rebels ended the Brandon Wheat Kings season with a 2-1 OT win at the MasterCard Memorial Cup on Wednesday.

The first goal of the contest came over halfway through the second period when Tim McGauley (1) stole a clearing attempt and ripped a shot into the top corner to make it 1-0 Wheat Kings.

It stayed that way until 5 minutes left in the third when the Rebels tied it up thanks to Adam Musil who chipped in his 1st to make it 1-1 and that forced overtime for the first time at the tournament.

Evan Polei (2) scored the game winner for Red Deer after the Rebels forced a turnover in the offensive zone and the Brandon Wheat Kings were eliminated from the MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The Rebels (2-1) will play the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (1-2) in Friday's semi-final.





5 comments:

william weppler said...

This outcome surprised me a lot but in a 1 game showdown S&^t can happen. WK's had a great season but again couldn't get it done in the end...strange but true. Have to cheer on the Rebels now but can't see anyone knocking off the Knights.

Anonymous said...

Brandon has always had trouble sealing the deal. They've had holes in their game and were probably not as good as they were perceived. There were a couple OT games in the Red Deer series and about three in the Seattle series.. If Brandon doesn't win those they are not likely in the Memorial Cup. They had lots of holes in their game, and McCrimmon wasn't proactive enough at the trade deadline. He needed help and didn't go after it.

If one doesn't accept that, then you have to accept that the WHL has fallen pretty far behind the OHL and even the QMHL. That is troublesome. I think McCrimmon should start looking to the NHL. He has tried long enough in the Dib and likely time to hand over the reigns.

Anonymous said...

KM DID try to make a big move at deadline, but there were other factors that kept the deal from being completed. Haven't heard ACTUAL confirmation, but it doesn't seem to be much of a secret that the Wheat Kings tried to land Pollock and Mayo from Edmonton. The addition of them would have helped, especially Mayo on the back.

Also, it seemed Sutter set the trade market by over paying for the guys he brought in, making it tougher for other teams to pull the trigger on a big trade without hurting their future too much, and there weren't enough front runner teams good enough to really justify mortgaging the future this season.

FG

Anonymous said...

KM has always done the same thing He likes to rip off other teams but never wants to pay full market price for high end talent. Market means what the market is at the time. He needed about three quality players to compete at the Memorial Cup with London. It may mean weakening your team for a couple years but there isn't a Brandon fan alive who wouldn't take that for playing for the Memorial Cup on Sunday opposed to going home 0-3.

When you have a strong contender you need to strengthen it to the Nth degree. You need to win the big one. Quebec teams always do it and OHL often do it. Hanging on the pieces so you can always be competitive in your division really is just a cop out. Big fish in a small pond mentality. At some point you must want to win it all. To do so you have to pay a high price sometimes and considering Brandon's poor play in Memorial Cups, it would have been well worth it.

Anonymous said...

I agree. I wasn't saying Brandon didn't want to give up too much. The issue with their potential trade with Edmonton was the player/s going the other way would not waive their no trade clause. I recall hearing names like either Mattheos, Kaspick, or Daley. Never did hear for sure what the deal was supposed to be or who was actually on the block.

FG