KOOTENAY ICE WINS WHL CHAMPIONSHIP, MILROY NAMED MVP
KOOTENAY ICE JOINS ERIE, VICTORIAVILLE AND GUELPH AT 2002 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP
The teams have all been determined for the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup, which opens in Guelph, Ontario on Saturday.
The Kootenay Ice captured the Western Hockey League championship Monday night in Kootenay, downing the defending MasterCard Memorial Cup champion Red Deer Rebels (1) 3-2 in double overtime, winning the WHL Championship Series four games to two.
It was a classic series, with all six games being decided by one goal. Three of the games went into overtime and one into double overtime, all of them won by Kootenay.
On Monday night, WHL Playoff MVP Duncan Milroy scored a 3:02 of the second overtime period to give the ice the WHL crown. Milroy also scored in the first period while Shaun Norrie’s goal at 11:12 of the third period forced overtime.
Mikhail Yakubov scored both goals for red Deer, while B.J. Boxma made 26 saves in goal for the winners.
Kootenay joins the host Guelph Storm, the Ontario Hockey League champion Erie Otters (8) and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League championVictoriaville Tigres at the round-robin tournament, which runs from May 18-26.
The 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup continues until the championship game Sunday, May 26 at noon. All round-robin games will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet, with the semifinals and finals televised live on the CTV Network.
The semifinal and final will also be broadcast live nationally on The Team Sports Radio Network.
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