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Saturday, May 26, 2018

MEMORIAL CUP: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BREAKDOWN

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REGINA - The 100th Memorial Cup will be decided at Brandt Centre on Sunday when the host Regina Pats take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (5:00 Sask Time, Sportsnet, 620 CKRM).

Here's a break down of the two teams competing for the Canadian major junior championship:

FORWARDS

Regina: The Pats' first line of captain Sam Steel and wingers Cameron Hebig and Nick Henry has been on fire at the tournament. Steel leads all forwards with 13 points, including 11 assists. Henry, meanwhile, leads the tournament with five goals, including a hat trick on Wednesday against the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League. Hebig has four goals through four games.

Acadie-Bathurst: The Titan have been led at the Memorial Cup by captain Jeffrey Truchon-Viel's nine points, but he has also been a force physically. Linemate Liam Murphy has also used his body to his advantage and has two goals and two assists. Speedy forward Samuel Asselin leads Acadie-Bathurst with four goals and has one of the team's three short-handed goals.

DEFENCE

Regina: Josh Mahura has logged the most minutes amongst Pats defencemen in the tournament and is tied for the tournament lead amongst blueliners with seven points. Libor Hajek has played alongside Mahura and been solid while Regina has also received strong play from Cale Fleury and Brady Pouteau.

Acadie-Bathurst: Draft-eligible prospect Noah Dobson has led the way on the Titan blue line, which has consistently jumped into the play and contributed offensively. Dobson is tied with Mahura with seven points and has showed strong poise at the point. Olivier Galipeau and Adam Holwell have also stood out and been forces for Acadie-Bathurst.

GOALIES

Regina: Max Paddock missed the first round of the WHL playoffs with an injury but has stepped back into the lineup and been the Pats' No. 1 goalie at the Memorial Cup. He has a 3-0 record with a 4.09 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in four games. Paddock was pulled after allowing six goals against Acadie-Bathurst in the round robin, but is coming off a 44-save performance in the semifinal against the Ontario Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Acadie-Bathurst: Evan Fitzpatrick has the lowest save percentage of all the goaltenders competing in the tournament at .879. He has a 2-1 record with a 3.94 goals-against average. Fitzpatrick, like Paddock, was at his worst in the two teams' round-robin matchup when he allowed four third-period goals.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Regina: The Pats have the best power play at the Memorial Cup and are operating at 33.3 per cent _ scoring five times on 15 attempts. Regina likes to have one defenceman just inside the blue line quarterbacking the attack with two options at each of the wings to set up for one-timers. Their penalty kill has allowed three goals and is operating at 78.6 per cent.

Acadie-Bathurst: Other than scoring three short-handed goals, special teams has not been a strength of the Titan in this tournament. They've scored just once on 10 power plays with the lone goal coming against Regina in the round robin. Acadie-Bathurst's penalty kill is operating at 71.4 per cent.

COACHES AND HISTORY

Regina: John Paddock is trying to lead the Pats franchise to its fifth Memorial Cup and first since 1974. Paddock previously served as head coach of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets in the early 90s and Ottawa Senators in 2007-08.

Acadie-Bathurst: Mario Pouliot will try and help the Titan capture their first Canadian major junior championship. Pouliot has also been head coach of the QMJHL's Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

(Canadian Press/Ryan McKenna)

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr. John Paddock, [Regina Pats] win/lose 2018 Memorial Cup, Mr. Paddock you are deserved of a good rest after all the tiring bus rides/season long days of the WHL. Job well done, thank you!

El@

Anonymous said...

Morning everybody this should be a awesome game .What are everyone's predictions for this Memorial Cup Final. Go Pats Go.

Anonymous said...


No attendance problems now and some people are paying 200 to get in today.

REAL HOCKEY FANS!! Too much "woe is me" going on and now those people are looking for freebies because that is who they are.

Anonymous said...

Anon # 1 you were probably on the top of the list of all the jerks that wanted Paddock's head for not making the right trades at trade deadline. Now they are in the Cup and Paddock is the only person in the world that can walk on water. "GO QUEBEC GO " !

Anonymous said...

No to your negative assumption, rarely quote on this site, just a genuine thank you to Mr. Paddock and the boys who play the game.

El@