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Calvert, Brandon Finish Second at Memorial Cup

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

Two Blue Jackets prospects competed at the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup last weekend.

Matthew Calvert

Matt Calvert for the Brandon Wheat Kings (host) finished second, while David Savard and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Champion Moncton Wildcats were the first team eliminated from the four team tournament. Western Hockey League Champion Calgary Hitmen participated and Ontario Hockey League winner Windsor Spitfires were crowned champions with a 9-1 over Brandon on Sunday. Calvert scored the lone goal in the championship game for the Wheat Kings, finishing the tournament with 3-1-4 and two penalty minutes in five games.

Brandon defeated fellow WHL team Calgary 5-4 in overtime on Friday in the semifinals, after falling 5-1 to the Hitmen in the final game of the first round on Wednesday. Calvert scored the second goal for Brandon in their comeback victory.

It was the 92nd anniversary of the Memorial Cup, which is one of the most prestigious trophies in North American sport. It has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. In 1972, a round-robin tournament format was put in place to determine the champions. Since then, the champions of the Western Hockey League, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League, have met each spring in a round-robin series with the two top teams playing off in a sudden-death game to determine the Cup champions.

In game one of the tournament, Windsor Spitfires defeated host Brandon 9-3. Calvert scored an unassisted goal for one of three tallies for the Wheat Kings.

David Savard
Calvert and company rebounded in their second game defeating Savard's Moncton team 4-0.Calvert registered an assist in the game.

Moncton and Savard were eliminated by Windsor, falling 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday. Savard did not register a point in the game. In Savard's first game vs. Calgary he tallied 1-1-2, but his team suffered a tough 5-4 defeat. Savard did not register a point and had two penalty minutes vs. Brandon. The St-Hyacinthe, Quebec native finished the tournament with 1-1-2 and two penalty minutes in three games.

For more information on the tournament and to follow the Blue Jackets' prospects more closely, go to http://mastercardmemorialcup.com/.

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