For Brandon, this is a huge moment towards at the very least getting a spot in the Semifinal which will be on May 21 while Moncton needs a win and some help to force Thursday's Tie Braker Game. A Moncton loss on Tuesday against Windsor would eliminate them from the Tournament.
This puts Brandon at 1-1 in 3rd place with their final round robin game on Wednesday against the WHL Champion Calgary Hitmen. Next up is tonight as the Calgary Hitmen VS. Windsor Spitfires. With both teams at 1-0, the winner tonight takes a huge step towards finishing 1st in the Round Robin and getting into the Championship Game automatically on May 23.
In addition to Rajala's 2 goals. Brandon Forwards Brayden Schenn and Brent Raedeke also scored for the Wheat Kings while Moncton goalie Nicola Riopel stopped 34 of 38 shots in net for the Wildcats. He's been playing well, but letting Calgary comeback on Sunday will haunt them in this tournament if they don't at least get to the Semifinals in this year's tournament.
From the Memorial Cup Website: http://www.mastercardmemorialcup.com/
From Brandon, Manitoba: Wheat Kings goaltender Jacob De Serres was brilliant, making 31 saves to earn the shutout win and gave the home team a 4-0 win over the Moncton Wildcats on Sunday Afternoon at Westman Place. Both teams played it tight in the first half of the opening frame with limited scoring opportunities coming about.
The first goal came off the stick of Toni Rajala who received a great pass in the slot from Aaron Lewadniuck on a two-on-one and then proceeded to beat Nicola Riopel with a gorgeous back hand shot at 10:14. No other goals were scored in the first period and the Wheat Kings retreated to their dressing room with a one-goal lead.
Toni Rajala did additional damage in the 2nd period burying his second goal of the day at 8:17. Then, with Randy Cameron in the penalty box for high sticking, Brayden Schenn recorded his first goal of the 2010 Memorial Cup to put them up 3-0.
Head coach Danny Flynn immediately called a timeout to get his team settled down, but the Wildcats were unable to solve De Serres.
At the start of the 3rd period, Brad Radeke put the game out of reach by recording his first goal of the Memorial Cup. Toni Rajala was named the Games first Star. Goaltender Jacob De Serres was honored with games 2nd star while Shayne Wiebe collected the third star.
Former Wheat King and Current Nashville Predator Jordin Tootoo participated in the ceremonial opening faceoff.
Game 4 of the 2010 Mastercard Memorial Cup hits the airwaves of Rogers Sportsnet tomorrow at 7:00 PM CDT as the Calgary Hitmen take on the Windsor Spitfires. The winner will clinch a spot in the Semifinals and will take over first place in the Round Robin. The Game can also be seen on http://www.sportsnet.ca/ and the NHL Network in the USA.
Memorial Cup Quickhits
- The Start Time for the Championship Game has been changed from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM to make it easier for fans all over North America to see it.
- Look for the first stats update tomorrow as each team would have played 2 games. So far, Toni Rajala leads with 4 points (2G 2A)
- To follow the Memorial Cup, log on to http://www.sportsnet.ca/ to see the games on Live Stream. Also on the NHL Network here in the USA if you have it.
Brandon Wheat Kings 4 Moncton Wildcats 0 (1-0, 2-0, 1-0)
1-0 BRN: Toni Rajala (Lewadniuk, Urbom) 10:14 1st
2-0 BRN: Toni Rajala (Melnychuk, Fehr) 8:17 2nd
3-0 BRN: Brayden Schenn (PP) (Wiebe, Calvert) 12:19 2nd
4-0 BRN: Brent Raedeke (Wiebe, Bestland) 2:24 3rd
SOG: BRN 38 MON 31
PP: BRN 1/3 MON 0/4
PIM: BRN 14 Minutes on 7 Penalties MON 12 Minutes on 6 Penalties
Goalies: BRN Jacob De Serres 31 SVS on 31 Shots MON Nicola Riopel 34 SVS on 38 Shots
3rd Star: Shayne Wiebe (BRN)
2nd Star: Jacob De Serres (BRN)
1st Star: Toni Rajala (BRN)
Tournament Standings as of Day 3
1. Windsor 1-0-0 2 PTS 9-3
2. Calgary 1-0-0 2 PTS 5-4
3. Brandon 1-1-0 2 PTS 7-9
4. Moncton 0-2-0 0 PTS 4-9
5/14: Windsor Spitfires 9 Brandon Wheat Kings 3 (5-0, 4-1, 0-2)
5/15: Calgary Hitmen 5 Moncton Wildcats 4 (0-1, 1-2, 4-1)
5/16: Brandon Wheat Kings 4 Moncton Wildcats 0 (1-0, 2-0, 1-0)
5/17: Calgary Hitmen VS. Windsor Spitfires 7:00 PM
5/18: Moncton Wildcats VS. Windsor Spitfires 7:00 PM
5/19: Brandon Wheat Kings VS. Calgary Hitmen 7:00 PM
5/20: Tie Breaker (If Necessary) 7:00 PM
5/21: Semifinal: #2 Seed VS. #3 Seed 7:00 PM
5/23: Championship: #1 Seed VS. SF Winner 6:00 PM