Kings prospect Andrei Loktionov and the Windsor Spitfires overcame losses in the first two games of the Memorial Cup Tournament and will now play in the tiebreaker Thursday at 4 p.m. (PT) vs. the host Rimouski Océanic. The game will be broadcast tonight on the NHL Network and the winner will advance to the semifinals vs. Drummondville on Friday.
The loser will go home.
"It is like Game 7 of the Stanley Cup for these kids and you want to see how they perform," said Michael Futa, the Kings Co-Director of Amateur Scouting, who is in Rimouski watching the Memorial Cup. "[Loktionov] has got to do a little bit more. He has been a big offensive player, he has 99 points (24-42=66 in 51 regular season games and 11-22=33 in 20 postseason games) on the season for him, this is a perfect opportunity for him to shine. Windsor has some great offensive players and he needs to step up his game."
Futa interview during Windsor-Rimouski Game
Loktionov, the Kings 5th round choice, 123rd overall, in 2008, is tied for second in the Memorial Cup with two goals, scoring both in a 5-4 loss to Rimouski during round robin play.
In that game, Rimouski tallied first at 3:18 of the second period after a scoreless first. Windsor scored the next two before Rimouski tallied three more times in the second period for a 4-2 lead. Loktionov scored his first to make it 4-3, and after Rimouski extended the lead to 5-3, Loktionov, with his second of the night, made it a one-goal game at 9:34 of the third. The Spitfires pressed for the equalizer, playing six attackers for the final 1:25, but failed to beat goaltender Maxime Gougeon. That was the Spitfire's second loss of the tournament and no team has ever won the Memorial Cup after losing their first two games.
"If we win the tiebreaker, I think we'll be playing [in the Finals] on Sunday," Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner told the Windsor Star.
Kelowna awaits the winner of the semifinal game after clinching a spot in the Finals, which will be played Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Full schedule/standings below:
|MEMORIAL CUP SCHEDULE |
|DATE ||GAME ||TIME* |
|Friday, May 15 ||Rimouski 2,. Kelowna 5 || |
|Saturday, May 16 ||Drummondville 3, Windsor 2 OT || |
|Sunday, May 17 ||Rimouski 5, Windsor 4 || |
|Monday, May 18 ||Drummondville, 4 Kelowna 6 || |
|Tuesday, May 19 ||Windsor 2, Kelowna OT || |
|Wednesday, May 20 ||Rimouski 2, Drummondville 3 OT || |
|Thursday, May 21 ||Windsor vs. Rimouski ||4 p.m. PT |
|Friday, May 22 ||Semifinal: Drummondville vs. Windsor/Rimouski ||4 p.m. PT |
|Sunday, May 24 ||Final: Kelowna vs. semifinal winner ||1:30 p.m. PT |
|*All games will be televised on NHL Network. |