2009 Memorial cup: Kelowna and Drummondville out of the blocks.
The four teams involved in the 2009 Memorial Cup competition held in Rimouski have played their first match of the first round.
Two days ago, the competition began with the host team, the Rimouski Oceanic versus the Kelowna Rockets. Kelowna completely dominated a major portion of the game and easily won the game by the score of 4-1. Rimouski's goaltender, Maxim Gougeon, had to make many saves to avoid a worse result on the scoreboard. Gougeon stopped 38 of the 42 shots he faced.
Yesterday, the Drummondville Voltigeurs faced the Windsor Spitfires in a very disputed match that required an overtime period to declare a winner.
During this overtime period, Drummondville's Maxime Frenette pounced on a loose puck at the side of Windsor's net and sent a quick backhanded shot that beated goaltender Andrew Engelage. Drmmondville's goaltender, Marco Cousineau, was also excellent in this duel that ended by the score of 3-2.
Windsor was looking good and had a one goal lead on Drummondville at the start of the third period. The OHL team had an impressive 45-0-1 record this season with a lead after two frames. But despite this awesome record, they could not hold off Drummondville.
With less than six minutes to play, Philippe Lefebvre beated Engelgage with a very ordinary shot to tie the score at 2 and force an overtime period. Windsor's goaltender must've experienced a few nightmares during this past night.
Windsor will now face the host team, the Rimouski Oceanic while the Kelowna Rockets and the Drummondville Voltigeurs will battle to keep their perfect record intact.
(Pictures: Kelowna Rockets and Drummondville Voltigeurs, Canadian Press.)