Oil Kings do it! Win Memorial Cup

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It was a convincing win all the way.

After falling behind 2-1 early, the Edmonton Oil Kings stormed back with three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead into the third.

The OHL Champion Guelph Storm then rallied with a quick goal early in the third. It was a goal they needed to regain the momentum they’d lost, but the Oil Kings answered almost immediately, and that was basically it.

Henrik Samuellsson, first star of the game, finished it off with a pick at the Storm blue line and a shot from his knees into the empty net with just over a minute left. It was Sameullsson’s second goal of the game.

The Oil Kings were awarded all three stars: #3 goaltender Tristan Jarry, #2 Edgars Kulda and #1 Henrik Samuelson.

Edgars Kulda was also awarded tournament MVP.

The shots were 45-35 in the end.

The last time the Oil Kings won the Memorial Cup was in 1966. Bobby Orr was in the game.

Game Summary:

The Storm opened the scoring on their first shift of the game, on a goal by Guelph sniper Robby Fabbri at the one minute mark, assists went to Kerby Rychel and Zack Mitchell.

Edmonton then took two penalties, a high sticking penalty to Blake Orban and then a check from behind to Reid Petryk at 4:17, to put themselves in a big hole. But they killed both penalties, and fell behind on the shot clock 6-1, before regrouping on two Guelph penalties, a holding the stick call followed by a hooking call. Cody Corbett scored on the two man advantage on a point shot, assisted by Samuelsson, and team captain Griffin Reinhart at 9:38.

The Storm were fortunate not to be scored on again during the remainder of the second penalty, but hung on and went ahead a few minutes later, on a goal against the play from local Guelph product Stephen Pierog, assisted by Pius Suter (Swiss) and Zack Leslie at 16:36, to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

But by then the momentum had already shifted, with Edmonton winning the shot clock 20-14.

Edmonton started the second on a tear, and scored three straight, to take a 4-2 lead into the second intermission. Tyler Robertson scored at 1:58, assisted by Cole Benson. Edgars Kulda then followed up on a power play at 6:06 on a great move after a slick pass from Sautner and Samuelsson. The third dagger came from Mitch Moroz, assisted by Kulda, and Samuelsson (again!).

Shots were 15-8 for the period, Edmonton, for a total of 35-22 after 40 minutes.

Guelph started strong at the beginning of the third, and the top line connected at 3:23, on a goal from Mitchell, assisted by Rychel and Fabbri. It was a critical goal that closed the gap to 4-3, and breathed new hope into the Storm.

But the Oil Kings were quick to answer, on a goal by Samuelsson (who else!), set up by Kulda (again) and Moroz (again) at the 5:00 minute mark.

The goal energized the Oil Kings once more, and Guelph was unable to answer. Head coach Scott Walker pulled Justin Nichols with over two minutes left in a desperate attempt to close the gap, but again it was Samuelsson answering the bell, with a pick on the Storm blue line and a shot from a knees after a hit, that found the net and gave the Oil Kings the 6-3 victory.

The Three Stars: All Oil Kings

Samuelsson, with two goals and three assists was deservedly first star. Samuelsson, a ’94, is son of former NHLer Ulf Sameulsson. Born in Scottsdale, AZ, he lead the Oil Kings in regular season scoring with 35 goals and 60 assists in his third year with the team and was drafted 27th over all by the Coyotes (Canucks picked 26th).

Edgars Kulda, a late born undrafted ’94 from Latvia, with a goal and an assist was second star – and tournament MVP. He was fifth in scoring on the team in the regular season with 30G and 30A in 66 games. He is the younger brother of Winnipeg D-man Arturs Kulda. He scored 3G and 9A in 8 games with the Latvia Juniors in international play.

Third star went to North Delta’s Tristan Jarry, who was again, incredibly steady between the pipes. Jarry, a ’95,  started 63 games in the regular season, and posted a 2.24 GAA with a save percentage of .914. Jarry was drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kudos the Oil Kings coaching staff, lead by head coach Derek Laxdal and assistants, Dustin Schwartz, Sean Brown and Steve Hamilton. The team play was very impressive; always patient with the puck, never panicky, extremely well structured both offensively and defensively. The D, largely unheralded, were also quietly very solid, particularly Reinhart, Corbett, Sautner and Mayo.

Oil Kings Roster:

# Player Position Shoots Height Weight DOB Home town
10 Henrik Samuelsson C R 6’3 208 1994-07-02 Scottsdale, AZ Game by Game report
11 Luke Bertolucci RW R 5’8 175 1995-07-04 Montrose, BC Game by Game report
12 Cole Benson C L 5’7 153 1995-07-14 Edmonton, AB Game by Game report
13 Brandon Baddock LW R 6’4 206 1995-03-29 Vermilion, AB Game by Game report
14 Riley Kieser C R 6’1 185 1993-04-27 Sherwood Park, AB Game by Game report
17 Brandon Ralph LW R 6’2 183 1996-04-11 Ft. Saskatchewan, AB Game by Game report
18 Reid Petryk C R 6’2 210 1993-02-02 Edmonton, AB Game by Game report
20 Mads Eller LW R 6’1 196 1995-06-25 Rodovre, DEN Game by Game report
21 Tyler Robertson LW R 6’1 175 1996-10-01 Sherwood Park, AB Game by Game report
23 Edgars Kulda LW R 6’0 178 1994-11-13 Riga, LAT Game by Game report
25 Lane Bauer C R 5’11 187 1996-05-02 Anchorage, AK Game by Game report
27 Curtis Lazar C R 6’0 196 1995-02-02 Vernon, BC Game by Game report
29 Mitchell Moroz LW L 6’3 214 1994-05-03 Calgary, AB Game by Game report
36 Mitchell Walter RW R 5’11 185 1996-03-29 South Delta, BC Game by Game report
39 Brett Pollock C R 6’2 183 1996-03-17 Sherwood Park, AB Game by Game report
# Player Position Shoots Height Weight DOB Home town
2 Cody Corbett D L 6’1 194 1993-12-14 Lakeland, MN Game by Game report
4 Blake Orban D R 6’1 199 1994-01-28 Calgary, AB Game by Game report
5 Ashton Sautner D L 6’1 193 1994-05-27 Flaxcombe, SK Game by Game report
8 Griffin Reinhart D L 6’4 202 1994-01-24 West Vancouver, BC Game by Game report
22 Ben Carroll D R 6’0 177 1995-08-27 Sherwood Park, AB Game by Game report
24 Aaron Irving D R 6’1″ 190 1996-03-03 Edmonton, AB Game by Game report
28 Jesse Mills D R 6’5 200 1997-11-12 Peachland, BC Game by Game report
37 Dysin Mayo D R 6’1 180 1996-08-17 Victoria, BC Game by Game report
# Player Position Catches Height Weight DOB Home town
30 Tristan Jarry G L 6’2 180 1995-04-29 Delta, BC Game by Game report
35 Tyler Santos G 5’11 175 1994-07-15 Sherwood Park, AB Game by Game report