Well, junior hockey fans, we are less than a week from the 99th Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor.
Since my last update, the QMJHL’s final was conquered by the Saint John Sea Dogs, sweeping the Blainville Blois Armada 4-0 in the series. Goaltender Callum Booth of the Sea Dogs recorded 177 consecutive minutes of shutout hockey against the Armada over 3 games, earning him the 5th best shutout record in QMJHL playoff history in minutes.
Moving out to the OHL, the Erie Otters were dominant against the Mississauga Steel Heads driving their way to the top in just 5 games in a 4-1 series.
The WHL champion has yet to be crowned as the Regina Patriots, the winners of next year’s Memorial Cup bid, are having a tough series against the surprising Seattle Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds are celebrating their 40th year as a team in the league and are on the precipice of winning their first WHL championship in team history. That series sits at 3-2 for Seattle and game 6 is tonight at 8 pm EST.
Ahead of that exciting conclusion of the series the schedule for the Memorial Cup has been posted. Friday, May 19th Saint John is set to meet the Windsor Spitfires in the opening game at 8 pm EST. All eyes will be on Windsor, after their collapse against the London Knights in the first round of the playoffs. The Spitfires were up 3-1 in the series, and victory seemed assured, but the Knights battled back and advanced eventually being beaten out by the Erie Otters. The Spitfires have had 5 weeks rest now and will have a tough battle ahead against the favored Sea Dogs.
Then on Saturday, May 20th at 4 pm EST Erie will play against the WHL winner.
Sunday, May 21st at 8 pm EST Windsor will play the WHL winner.
Monday, May 22nd at 8 pm EST is going to be the first colossal meeting of the Erie Otters and the Saint John Sea Dogs.
Tuesday, May 23rd the WHL winner will play the Sea Dogs at 8 pm EST.
Wednesday, May 24th Windsor will play Erie at 8 pm EST.
The rest of the tournament will be determined by the winners of course. That does it for me CHL fans, we’ll see you next time.