The Memorial Cup is officially in full swing with game two in the books after an early afternoon game. Game number two saw the Guelph Storm show my offence is important in this tournament lighting up the Oil Kings in a 5-2 victory.
Both Kerby Rychel and Tyler Bertuzzi netted two goals for the Storm, while Curtis Lazar potted one of two goals for the Oil Kings.
The Oil Kings had trouble holding off their opponents strong offence and had trouble keeping Bertuzzi quiet as he was busy chirping all night long.
Again tonight we’re just going to look at a few key aspects from tonights game instead of going into a full breakdown of game number two. As you can tell by the scoreboard it’s fairly easy to tell who came out on top of this afternoon’s affair.
- Of all the teams in the Memorial Cup, the Oil Kings are by far the most defencively minded team which is why allowing 5 goals against is pretty shocking for the usually defencively sound team. Tristan Jarry was not sharp between the pipes today allowing 5 goals on 32 shots. He’ll need to play much better for the defencive Oil Kings to stick around.
- The Oil Kings didn’t lose for a lack of attempted offence. They directed 29 shots on the Storm net, however numerous shots missed the net and nailed the end boards or glass. Missing many of their key chances certainly hurt the Oil Kings tonight.
- Kerby Rychel might just be the most important player for the Guelph Storm throughout this tournament. He scored the last goal for the Storm during their OHL championships and scored their first two goals of the Memorial Cup. He’s caught fire throughout the playoffs and it appears his flame will not be put out any time soon.
- Justin Nichols looked strong between the Storm net allowing just 2 goals on 39 shots in their Memorial Cup opener. Nichols has never had to be amazing for the high scoring Storm, but knowing they have a solid netminder behind them can only help their offence.