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Oil Kings Win Memorial Cup

by Brendan Zwambag / Winnipeg Jets

It wasn't the ending that the Guelph Storm were looking for.

The Edmonton Oil Kings captured the 2014 Memorial Cup Championship with a stunning 6-3 win over the OHL Champs.

Edmonton used a strong second period to erase a one-goal deficit and then build their own two-goal lead en route to the cities third Major Junior title.

Mitchell Moroz picked the top corner at 14:19 of the second period and the power forwards second of the tournament stood up as the game winner.

It was the third time that Edmonton found the top portion of the net in the period after Tyler Robertson turned and fired glove side on a scrambled draw and Edgars Kulda squeaked a shot through Justin Nichols blocking arm on the powerplay.

Moroz' goal put Guelph in an unfamiliar position: down by two goals in the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

But the Storm came out with new life to start the third period and applied relentless pressure.

Zack Mitchell brought some hope back to the Royal City when he pulled Guelph within one just 3:23 into the third period.

It was Kerby Rychel and Robby Fabbri with the assists but the goal would not have happened without a great play by captain Matt Finn earlier in the shift. With Edmonton netminder Tristan Jarry playing without a stick, Finn kept the the puck in at the offensive blueline and the biscuit eventually found its way onto Rychel's stick in the corner. Rychel skated behind the Oil Kings net and made Jarry think that he was going to try a wrap-around, but instead passed back to Mitchell for a quick shot inside the short-side post.

Desperate for another, the Storm kept coming but Edmonton was able to capitalize on a pinch that led to an odd-man rush just a minute and a half later.

Henrik Samuelsson dropped the puck for Kulda as they entered the Storm zone with only one defender back. Samuelsson then headed for the net and beat a sprawling Nichols up high on Kulda's cross-ice feed.

The Oil Kings settled down after that and their defensive systems stymied the Storm the rest of the way.

Samuelsson capped a five-point night with an empty netter, while his linemates - Kulda and Moroz - combined for five points.

Guelph had the lead after one on goals by Fabbri and Stephen Pierog.

Fabbri opened the scoring just a minute in when he finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play with Mitchell and Rychel.

Defenceman Cody Corbett evened the score midway through the period for Edmonton on the powerplay but Pierog gobbled up a juicy rebound and made it 2-1 Storm with less than three-and-a-half to go.

The Guelph native crashed the net and picked up Jarry's toe save on Pius Suter for his first of the torunament. Zac Leslie got the secondary assist.

Nichols was the busier of the two goaltenders in this one, facing 20, 15 and nine shots for a total of 39 saves.

Jarry made 32 stops on 35 Storm attempts.

Guelph finishs the 2013/2014 OHL season with a record of 71-17-2-2 and the Hamilton Spectator, Wayne Gretzky and J. Ross Robertson trophies.

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