The Memorial Cup kicked off last night in London, Ont., as the Val-d’Or Foreurs defeated the hometown London Knights in front of 8,863 fans.
Today, Kerby Rychel and the Guelph Storm matched up against the Edmonton Oil Kings and Griffin Reinhart in what was sure to be an exciting contest between two closely matched opponents.
Rychel opened the game’s scoring in the first period, putting one passed Oil Kings goaltender Tristan Jarry on the team’s first power play opportunity of the game. The teams also showed that neither was going to back down from each other as Guelph’s Ryan Horvat and Edmonton’s Blake Orban went toe-to-toe, showing that fighting can exist in big games.
The Oil Kings tied it up early in the second period when Samuelsson Henrik scored unassisted 1:19 into the period and than took the lead less than 30 seconds later when defenseman Ashton Saunter put one past the Storm’s Justin Nichols.
Rychel would score his second power play goal of the game to tie it up showing why he was selected 19th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013.
The back and forth contest would sway towards Guelph once again thanks to an even strength goal from Fergus. Ont. native Brock McGinn. The Storm would take the lead into the second intermission.
Scott Walker’s Guelph squad put the nail in the coffin in the third thanks to Todd Bertuzzi’s nephew Tyler, who scored at 5:46 and again at 15:49 to give the Storm a 5-2 victory.
Edmonton took the loss and will play next on Sunday night against London at 7:00 p.m. EST, while Guelph will play Val-d’Or on Monday at 7:00 p.m. EST.