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MEMORIAL CUP UPDATE: Rubtsov in Championship game

Strome, Bulldogs play in semifinal on Friday

by @NHLFlyers

Despite no Flyers prospects playing in last night's round robin finale, the result paved the way for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and German Rubtsov to advance straight to the Championship game of the Memorial Cup on Sunday.

The host city, Regina Pats, defeated the WHL Champion, Swift Current Broncos, by a 6-5 score and won the right to face off in the semifinals with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Puck drop in that game is Friday at 10:00 p.m. ET, which can be seen on the NHL Network.

Matthew Strome has two assists in the three games for Hamilton, who has gone 2-1-0 in the Memorial Cup. In the OHL playoff series, Strome helped the Bulldogs win the J. Ross Robertson Cup by posting four goals and 14 assists for 18 points and a plus-5 rating in 20 games.

Dating back to the OHL playoffs, the Bulldogs have played four straight games that have been decided by one goal, as well as eight of their last 10 postseason contests.

German Rubtsov and the Titans will meet the winner of Friday's Hamilton-Regina contest in the Championship game on Sunday. Rubtsov also has two assists in three games to go along with a plus-3 rating for Acadie-Bathurst in the Memorial Cup. 

The Titan have scored 14 goals in the first three games of the Memorial Cup and averaged 3.65 goals-per-game, scoring 73 goals in 20 games on their way to the QMJHL title.

All three teams remaining posted a 2-1-0 record to tie for first place for the first time since the 1999 Memorial Cup. The Titan advance to the Championship game due to winning the tie-breaker - the higher percentage of goals-for/goals-against of the games against Hamilton and Regina.

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