A pair of Flyers prospects kicked off the Memorial Cup over the weekend with 2016 first round pick, German Rubtsov, and 2017 fourth round pick, Matthew Strome, battling for the historic trophy as major junior champions.
GERMAN RUBTSOV: ACADIE-BATHURST TITAN
Rubtsov and the QMJHL Champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan are off to a 2-0-0 start after wins on back-to-back nights.
In their opener, the Titan earned a 4-3 comeback victory in overtime against the Western Hockey League Champion, Swift Current Broncos. With the team trailing in the third period, Rubtsov tallied a shorthanded assist, which was the primary helper on the game-tying goal in the final frame to force overtime.
In a wild second game, Acadie-Bathurst earned an 8-6 victory over the host city, Regina Pats. The Titan held a 7-2 lead early in the third period, but the Pats came charging back to bring it to a one-goal game (7-6) with 1:57 left in regulation. Acadie-Bathurst tallied an empty-netter with one second remaining to hold Regina off.
Rubtsov tallied another assist in the game, this time on the power play, to bring his Memorial Cup total to two assists, and a +2 rating, in the two outings.
The Titan will look to advance straight to the championship game with a win on Tuesday when they face off directly with Strome and the OHL Champion, Hamilton Bulldogs.