The Guelph Storm entered the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup Championship Game as the favourite against the Edmonton Oil Kings after going through the round robin on cruise control. But "on any given Sunday..." anything can happen in junior hockey.
The Guelph Storm had just over one week to celebrate their OHL Championship Title and get ready for the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup. After their first game, it appears the club picked up right where it left off in the OHL playoffs.
It was a case of the well-rested versus the team rolling right on through to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup. And in the end the QMJHL champs were just one-notch better than the host club.
They were among the top teams across the country throughout the season, and in the end the Halifax Mooseheads did not disappoint on the big stage.
Last year, the London Knights dropped a heart-breaker in overtime at the MasterCard Memorial Cup final. This year, they won't get the chance for revenge in the Championship Game.
In the end, the three league champions will battle it out to decide the 95th MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament.
It can be a double-edged sword, getting the bye into the Championship Game of the MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament. While advancing to final puts a team within one game of winning junior hockey's top prize, the break can make things difficult to prepare for the big game.
If the Halifax Mooseheads are to capture the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup, they may want to consider sending a couple gifts to Portland, Oregon.
If the London Knights are going to capture the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup, they will have to take the long route. The Halifax Mooseheads put a fork in London's road to the Championship Game.
Four games into the 2013 edition of the MasterCard Memorial Cup, and all four teams have identical 1-1 records.
It was a moment that will live on blooper reels for many years, but the team involved in the Memorial Cup anthem flub has no issue with the woman behind the microphone.
Two months between wins and more than 50 days away from playing a game that mattered - the Saskatoon Blades now feel like they have arrived at the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
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