Game Four – Val d’Or Foreurs vs. Guelph Storm
2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup Round Robin
Both teams entered this game looking to go up 2-0 in Round Robin play at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. Right off the bat Guelph got the pressure going in the Val d’Or zone. Zack Mitchell (Minnesota) fed Robby Fabbri (2014 NHL Eligible) in the slot with a great scoring chance but Fabbri intelligently slid the puck over to Kerby Rychel (Columbus) who was able to slip the puck into the empty net for an early 1-0 lead. Then on the rush Matt Finn (Toronto) fed Zack Mitchell with a pass, Mitchell drove the wing and wired a quick wrister top shelf over Antoine Bibeau’s (Toronto) blocker for a 2-0 lead. Then again, not even 6 minutes into this game, Jason Dickinson (Dallas) banged the puck loose and it slipped through Bibeau’s five hole to give Guelph Storm a 3-0 lead just 5:50 into this game. Foreurs head coach Mario Durocher called a time out to settle his team down which worked effectively as the team was able to calm down and effectively killed off a penalty shortly after, receiving their own power play moments later the Foreurs were able to gain their first momentum of the game. The teams went back and forth in the final minutes of the first period and the period ended with the score 3-0 Guelph.
Val d’Or came out strong but after a questionable tripping call on a clean body check was called against the Foreurs, the Storm made no mistake capitalizing on the opportunity as Pius Suter (2014 NHL Eligible) bangs home the puck on the side of the net to give Guelph a 4-0 lead. Val d’Or continued to work hard and on their own power play Randy Gazzola (Free Agent) fired a laser top shelf to get Val d’Or on the board. Then not long after, Timotej Sille (2014 NHL Re-Entry) showed quick hands to grab a loose puck and slip it behind Justin Nichols (2014 NHL Re-Entry) bringing Guelph’s lead to 2. With all the pressure, the Foreurs forwards were caught napping on an odd man rush where Zack Mitchell fed Robby Fabbri for a 5-2 Guelph lead. The defensive collapses continued with just 7 seconds left in the period when Guelph got about a half dozen whacks at a loose puck in the slot without a green jersey in sight. Eventually Tyler Bertuzzi (Detroit) would finish giving Guelph a 6-2 lead going into the third period.
Going into the third, Keven Bouchard (2014 Eligible) took over the Val d’Or net for Antoine Bibeau and was tested early making some outstanding saves. Val d’Or received a 5 minute power play when Chadd Bauman (2014 NHL Re-Entry) hit Guillaume Gelinas (Free Agent) with a knee on knee resulting in a major injury to Gelinas. At the end of the power play, Anthony Beauregard (2014 Eligible) finished a chance in the slot giving Val d’Or their third goal of the game. The game coasted from there aside from some outstaqnding saves by Bouchard as he denied all 13 shots he faced, several of which were legitimate scoring chances.
HOCKEYPROSPECT.COM THREE STARS OF THE GAME
First Star, Zack Mitchell, Right Wing, Guelph Storm
Mitchell had one of his strongest performances of the season tonight. He registered a point on Guelph’s first two goals of the game setting up Fabbri in the slot who in turn set up Rychel for the first goal. Then on his very next shift, Mitchell fired a picture perfect shot blocker side on Bibeau to give his team a 3-0 lead. Late in the second period he registered another assist once again feeding Fabbri who would score. Aside from his offensive production, Mitchell was very effective distributing the puck amongst his teammates and playing a defensive first game. He regularly covered for pinching defenders and hurried back to break up plays. He was a key player for the Storm in all three zones tonight.
Second Star, Robby Fabbri, Centre, Guelph Storm
The 2014 NHL Entry Draft prospect had an excellent game tonight using his speed and puck skills to create scoring chances. Early on Fabbri sacrificed a great chance to shoot the puck in the slot in favour of the tap in goal sending the puck to his linemate Rychel. Fabbri continued his great play creating chance after chance and even shook off a huge hit he took. Later on he would receive a pass on an odd man rush and score the fifth goal for the Storm. Fabbri had an excellent game and was a huge part of his team’s victory tonight.
Third Star, Scott Kosmachuk, Guelph Storm
There are plenty of options for the three stars in this game as several Storm players had strong games. We went with Kosmachuk as he made a pest of himself on the forecheck and faught through checks all night long. Matt Finn was another player who was solid all night long.
Under the Radar Performance of the Game
Brock McGinn, Left Wing, Guelph Storm
Brock set the tone early with a big hit on Anthony Mantha. He continued his strong play throughout the game and chipped in with a couple of assists on the night.