The Guelph Storm will be shooting for Canadian junior hockey’s top prize on Sunday in London, Ont.
Thanks to a 6-3 win Monday night over Val-d’Or, the Quebec champs, the Storm has assured itself a spot in the Memorial Cup championship game.
Guelph got off to a fast start Monday, leading 3-0 before the game was six minutes old. Six different players scored the six goals for the Storm: Robby Fabbri, Jason Dickinson, Kerby Rychel, Tyler Bertuzzi, Pius Suter and Zack Mitchell. Scott Kosmachuk had three assists.
In the third period of the game, the Storm’s Chadd Bauman got a game misconduct for kneeing an opponent.
The win gives Guelph a 2-0 record while Val-d’Or is 1-1. Edmonton is 1-1 and London is 0-2.
Tonight’s game sees Val-d’Or take on Edmonton at 7 p.m.
The final game of the round robin is Wednesday, when Guelph faces London, also at 7 p.m.
The start time of the Memorial Cup championship game, which is on Sunday May 25, has yet to be announced.
Post-game Storm quotes:
Coach Scott Walker on beating Val-d’Or goalie Antoine Bibeau, who had shut out London Friday:
“Ultimately we thought his glove was good and he controlled rebounds but we wanted to put the puck on his pads or blocker to keep him from smothering it. We like to play an up tempo game and keep the puck moving and if we can get three, four, five shots it’s much harder on him.”
Robby Fabbri, on getting up for London even though Guelph is already in the final:
“I think our coaches will do a good of that. Especially seeing it’s against London it won’t be a fun game for us. We want to play serious but have fun as well and put them out.”
Zack Mitchell on getting prepared for London:
“London is one of our big rivals but would we like to put them out ah, maybe…” he said with a huge smile.
Matt Finn on scoring three quick goals in six minutes against Bibeau:
“He’s a great goalie and we had to get on him early. Three in the first was great. We came out flying and our forecheck was good and we got pucks to the net and we’re able to score three right away ”