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THE ROAD TO THE MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP

Calgary, AB — The 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament begins in less than a week in Saskatoon, SK. The host Saskatoon Blades will be joined by the champions of the Western Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in competition for the right to hoist the storied Memorial Cup trophy as Champions of the Canadian Hockey League.

Here’s a look at the three CHL League Championship series’, and the battle for the three Memorial Cup berths:

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
The Portland Winterhawks captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions on Sunday, May 12th, defeating the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-1 in Game 6 of the 2013 WHL Championship series in Edmonton, AB.

The Winterhawks were making their third consecutive appearance in the WHL Championship series, having lost the 2011 final to the Kootenay Ice and the 2012 final to the Oil Kings.  It’s the third WHL Championship for Portland, which previously won in 1982 and 1998.

19-year-old forward Ty Rattie, a St. Louis Blues prospect, was named the MVP of the 2013 WHL Championship series.  The Airdrie, AB, product scored a hat trick in the Hawks’ championship-clinching win on Sunday, giving him a whopping 20 goals and 36 points in 21 games.  Rattie also set a new WHL record for career playoff goals by netting his 48th, 49th and 50th post-season goals in Game 6.

The Winterhawks will now represent the WHL at the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament in Saskatoon, SK.  It marks the fourth trip to the Memorial Cup tournament for Portland.  The Hawks won the Memorial Cup as the host team in 1983 and as WHL Champions in 1998.

WHL Championship Series
EDMONTON vs. PORTLAND

Portland wins best-of-seven series 4 -2 (Home Team in CAPS)
Game 1 – Edmonton 4, PORTLAND 1
Game 2 – PORTLAND 3, Edmonton 0
Game 3 – Portland 3, EDMONTON 1
Game 4 – Portland 2, EDMONTON 1
Game 5 – Edmonton 3, PORTLAND 2  O/T
Game 6 – Portland 5, EDMONTON 1

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
The London Knights and the Barrie Colts are currently in the midst of a heated Ontario Hockey League Championship series for the J. Ross Robertson Cup and the OHL berth in the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament.

The Knights, the defending OHL Champions, have rallied back from a 3-1 deficit in the series to tie it up and send the series to a seventh and deciding game on Monday night in London, ON.   Ryan Rupert scored twice, including the overtime winner, on Saturday night in Barrie, ON, to earn the Knights the win in Game 6 and force a game 7 showdown.

The Colts have been led by Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele, who has scored seven goals and 14 points over the first six games of the OHL Championship series.  Scheifele has been held to just two points, both assists, over the last two games of the series in which his Colts lost to the Knights.

OHL Championship Series
LONDON vs. BARRIE

Best-of-seven series tied 3 – 3
Game 1 – Barrie 4, LONDON 2
Game 2 – LONDON 4, Barrie 1
Game 3 – BARRIE 6, London 3
Game 4 – BARRIE 6, London 4
Game 5 – LONDON 6, Barrie 4
Game 6 – London 5, BARRIE 4  O/T
Game 7 – Barrie at London; Monday, May 13

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
The Halifax Mooseheads are off to the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament after defeating the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in five games to win the QMJHL Championship.  It’s the first President Cup title for the Mooseheads’ franchise.

The Mooseheads, led by the duo of Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon, plowed their way through the QMJHL playoffs, posting a 16-1 record, with their only loss coming in Game 3 of the QMJHL Championship series to Baie-Comeau, and outscored their opposition 90-36 in the process. 

Drouin led all players in post-season scoring with 35 points in 17 games while MacKinnon and Czech forward Martin Frk each has 33 points.  MacKinnon and Drouin are two of the top three prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft.

The Mooseheads will now head to Saskatoon to battle in their first MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament.

QMJHL Championship Series
HALIFAX vs. BAIE-COMEAU

Halifax wins best-of-seven series 4 – 1
Game 1 – HALIFAX 4, Baie-Comeau 0
Game 2 – HALIFAX 4, Baie-Comeau 3
Game 3 – BAIE-COMEAU 3, Halifax 1
Game 4 – Halifax 7, BAIE-COMEAU 4
Game 5 – HALIFAX 5, Baie-Comeau 1

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