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Memorial Cup field moving closer to completion

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
The Mississauga St. Michael's Majors have sent out the invitations.

Now it's just a matter of filling the final two available spaces at the MasterCard Memorial Cup party.

Just 10 days away from the 2011 showcase of Canadian major junior hockey — which is set for May 20-29 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ont. — half the field is already set. The Majors, who are owned by Ottawa Senators proprietor Eugene Melnyk, are in as host team, while the Owen Sound Attack will fill the second spot reserved for an Ontario Hockey League team.

The Majors and Attack are currently locking horns in the OHL's championship series, which is currently tied at 2-2 after a pair of back-to-back overtime wins by Owen Sound. Game 5 is set for tonight at the Hershey Centre, while Game 6 goes Thursday in Owen Sound.

In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the high-powered Saint John Sea Dogs and Gatineau Olympiques are doing battle to land a Memorial Cup berth. The Sea Dogs, who feature at least half a dozen potential picks in the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft, lead the series 2-1 after blanking the Olympiques 5-0 on Monday night at the Robert Guertin Centre in Gatineau. Game 4 is set for Wednesday night in Gatineau, with the QMJHL final shifting back to New Brunswick for Game 5 on Friday.

The Western Hockey League final between the Portland Winterhawks and Kootenay Ice is all even at 1-1 after the teams split the first two games at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. The next two games are scheduled for tonight and Wednesday in Cranbrook, B.C.

All three league finals are scheduled to be complete by next Monday. Mississauga opens the Memorial Cup against the QMJHL champ on May 20, with the WHL winner and Owen Sound facing off on May 21.

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