Dallas Stars prospect Jason Dickinson and the Guelph Storm are heading to the championship game at the 2014 Memorial Cup. The Storm defeated Val-d’Or, 6-3, Monday night to clinch a spot in Sunday’s title game in London, Ontario.
Guelph scored three times in the first 5:50 of Monday night’s game to take control. Dickinson, Dallas’ first round pick (29th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft, scored the third goal, weaving his way through the Val-d’Or defense and then tallying off a shot from the slot for his first goal of the tournament.
The Storm, the highest scoring team in major junior hockey in Canada this season, scored three more times in the second period, building a 6-2 lead through the first 40 minutes.
Dickinson’s line with Brock McGinn and Scott Kosmachuk played a key role in shutting down Val-d’Or forward Anthony Mantha, who came into the contest with 81 goals in 81 games, including both regular season and playoffs. Mantha had one assist and was a minus-3 in the game.
“We wanted to play the Dickinson line as much as we could, or the [Robby] Fabbri line,” said Guelph coach Scott Walker. “We wanted to use the speed that the line has and the strength. We thought McGinn put the body on him and Kosy and Dicky did the same. He’s a great hockey player, so you have to try to limit his time and space.”
Guelph is 2-0-0 at the tournament. The opponent in Sunday’s championship game is still to be determined. Val-d’Or (1-1-0), Edmonton (1-1-0) and London (0-2-0) are vying to advance to Friday’s semifinal game, which will determine who plays Guelph in the title game.
Guelph has one round-robin game left, taking on London and Dallas Stars prospect Gemel Smith on Wednesday.
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