Congratulations to the Season 17 VGPHL Memorial Cup Champions Chicoutimi Saguenéens. The regular season champs have now won three Scotty Munro Memorial Trophies in the last five seasons. They have now captured their second Memorial Cup in five seasons. Ironically, the last Chicoutimi team to win the Memorial Cup was led by Rollerpig647 this year’s Stanley Cup Champion winner.
They opened up against the Saskatoon Blades, which they made quick work of in an 8-0 rout. In net the reliable Iceking15 locked up his first shutout of the playoffs stopping all 11 shots he faced. The forward line was dominate qNebulous with 4 goals and 5 points, PASS2PRIME with 3 goals and 3 assists, finally gostx7787 with a goal and an assist. The blue line was solid with CaNnOnEeR352 and MidnightReaper84 holding the Blades to 11 shots.
The Game 2 was a shootout with the teams combining for 42 shots and 11 goals. Saskatoon was led by weller_ and Canadasmostwante combining for 5 points. The next line up for the Saguenéens led by their owner Dylan_Larkin_71 were lights out. XxBathersonxX had 3 goals and 2 assists, ZeRo-|92| had a goal and 6 assists and the aforementioned leader had 3 goals and 3 assists.
Game 3 saw Iceking15 back in net and the Saguenéens got another shutout. This time stopping all nine shots he faced. Similar line to Game 2 with one addition jay6219 who put up 3 goals and 2 assists in his playoff debut. Dylan_Larkin_71 had another 2 goals and 4 assists.
The toughest test came in Game 4, when the Blades finally out shot Saguenéens 12-10 but it was too little too late. Rebounding from his Game 2 performance Canuck_420 stopped 11 of 12 shots helping backstop his team to victory. PASS2PRIME and ghostx7787 each got a goal that pushed Saguenéens past the Blades 2-1.
The toughest match-up during the playoffs came in Round 2 when Saguenéens faced off against the Regina Pats. Regina boasted the second leading scorer in the league JaSoNo_|96| and two guys in the six Eastons- and BradyTkachuk. Not to mention a solid tendy in Ghost_Reaper__82 who went 25-1-2 on the season.
This series was low scoring with five games decided by one goal. Game One set the tone for the series with the Pats out-shooting the Saguenéens 22-11 with a defense-man Leg_al scoring the game winner. Iceking was in net stopping 19 of 22 shots, really stood on his head for his team in this game.
The teams traded victories as the Saguenéens took Game 2, the Pats won game 3 4-1 and finally the Saguenéens capturing a victory in Game 4.
In Game 5 we saw another OT thriller, once again the Pats out-shooting Saguenéens 20-12. This time their leading scorer was playing forward and buried two goals. The game winner came from Eastons- with 42 seconds left in the first overtime period. Suddenly the Saguenéens were staring elimination in the face.
Finally in Game 6 we saw Iceking15 steal a game. Facing 19 shots he stopped all but one. PASS2PRIME scored the game winner and even netted a shorthanded goal, just like the momentum shifted.
Game 7 it was the Saguenéens turn to shoot, putting up 18 to the Pats 11. Iceking was solid in net again stopping 10 of 11 shots. The same forward line from Game 6 ran in Game 7, momentum was on their side. Leading the way was PASS2PRIME with 4 points while Dylan_Larkin_71 scored two of his teams four goals. When the horn sounded, Saguenéens was on their way to the next round.
Round 3, the Saguenéens faced off against the Victoria Royals. Just like their opening round, the Saguenéens dropped 7 goals, winning 7-3. Scoring came from some usual names, XxBathersonxX, Jay6219 and Dylan_Larkin_71. This team was really starting to hit their stride, the chemistry they built all season really started to show in the back half of this playoff run.
Saguenéens won Game 2 in overtime and then dropped another 7 goals in Game 3. Game 4, was not as close at the score line would indicate. Iceking had to only make 7 saves, while the Victoria goalie faced 16 shots. All it took was a snipe from PASS2PRIME in the second period to send the Saguenéens on the Memorial Cup Final.
The opening game of the Memorial Cup Final between the Chicoutimi Saguenéens and Flint Firebirds went to overtime, with the Saguenéens scoring with a minute 23 left to seal the opening game. Scoring came from the top line of Dylan_Larkin_71, PASS2PRIM and XxBathersonxX. Even the defense got in on the scoring with JEDIqc and MidnightReaper84 grabbing a combined three assists.
The Firebirds out-shot Saguenéens 17-14 and dominated time on attack with 9:13. At the start it didn’t seem like they had a chance with Chicoutimi jumping out 2-0 early in the first and carrying that led until the third. Then Flint exploded for 4 goals and took home the second game.
Saguenéens bounced back taking both Game 3 and 4 allowing only 2 goals in each game. Game 4 was a mentally debilitating loss a tight game with scoring coming in the second and third periods. Chicoutimi took the lead and never gave it back.
Game 5 saw a dominating performance by Chicoutimi, out-shooting Flint 19-8. At first Flint was in the game leaving the first period tied 1-1. Chicoutimi led by PASS2PRIME put up three goals in the second to take a commanding led. They adding an insurance goal in the third but it was never needed. That was it, Chicoutimi Saguenéens were the Memorial Cup Champions.
They were led by the Owner and Captain Dylan_Larkin_71 and PASS2PRIME combining for 74 points. Iceking15 went 13-0-2 in the playoffs allowing 1.60 GAA with a .874 save percentage. These guys had a fantastic season with a fantastic ending. Looking forward to seeing some of these guys in the AHL and eventually NHL in the near future.