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Photo by Mike Maloney, London Community News

Photo by Mike Maloney, London Community News

The Knights' Alex Basso gets dumped along the boards by Guelph's Pius Suter in first period Memorial Cup action on Wednesday night.

Storm flies into finals

It’s not often you get to eliminate an arch rival twice in the same season.

But the Guelph Storm did just that Wednesday night by beating the host London Knights 7-2 at the Memorial Cup in London, Ont.

Guelph, which eliminated the Knights from the OHL playoffs in Round 2 last month, finishes the Memorial Cup round robin with a 3-0 record. London was sidelined thanks to their 0-3 record, while the Storm will play in the championship game Sunday.

Scott Kosmachuk had a hat trick for the Storm in the victory while Tyler Bertuzzi scored twice. Singles came from Marc Stevens and Jason Dickinson.

Justin Nichols stopped 45 of 47 shots in the Guelph net as the Storm was out-shot 47-38. Guelph led the game 3-2 late in the second period before scoring four unanswered goals.

The Storm was without veteran Zack Mitchell for most of the game. He received a misconduct for kneeing less than seven minutes into the contest.

Earlier in the day, it was announced that the Storm’s Chadd Bauman would miss the rest of the tourney. He was suspended for a kneeing hit in Monday’s win over Val-d’Or.

Guelph faces Edmonton in the Memorial Cup championship game Sunday at 4 p.m.

Edmonton got past Val-d’Or 4-3 in triple overtime Friday to earn a berth in the finals.

 

Post-game quotes:

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Knights coach Dale Hunter:
“(Our team) was definitely built for this year ‎. You have to give credit to Guelph, they are a very good team and their goaltender was outstanding again tonight.”

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‎Storm coach Scott Walker, on how they prepare for the final when they don’t know their opponent yet:
“We know both teams (Val-D’or and Edmonton) a little bit, but mostly we know our‎ team and I thought they played a heck of a game (against London) and as long as we can build off of that we’ll be okay.”
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Storm captain Matt Finn, on beating London:
‎”There is definitely an extra buzz (to beat London). They have handed it to every team in the league (the last few years) and I think we had a lot of teams pulling for us to get them out of this tournament.”
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Finn:
“We know how close we are ‎to that final goal (of winning the Memorial Cup) and we know how close Guelph has been in the past and I think it’s time for us as a hockey club to bring a championship back to Guelph.”

 

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