In the final of the 2013 Memorial Cup, the Halifax Mooseheads defeated the Portland Winterhawks by a count of 6-4.
Heralded prospects Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon led the charge, dominating potential top pick Seth Jones. MacKinnon tallied three goals and two assists, while Drouin assisted on five goals scored by Halifax.
Together, the Mooseheads' dynamic duo led Halifax to their first ever Memorial Cup crown.
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Jones managed to score a goal of his own for Portland, while Ty Rattie scored a goal and dished out three assists. Nicolas Petan also tallied four points, scoring a goal and picking up three helpers.
At the end of the day, however, Halifax was simply too powerful.
In net, Zachary Fucale stopped 40 of the 44 shots sent his way for Halifax, while Mac Carruth blocked 36-of-41 for Portland. Both men put forth strong efforts, but it was all about the offense in the final of the Memorial Cup.
A final that was highlighted by Halifax striking gold.
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So how did it all transpire?
Round Robin Standings
Full Memorial Cup Schedule
|Tiebreaker||Saskatoon Blades||1||London Knights||6||Thursday, May 23||8 p.m. ET|
|Semifinals||London Knights||1||Portland Winterhawks||2||Friday, May 24||8 p.m. ET|
|Finals||Portland Winterhawks||4||Halifax Mooseheads||6||Sunday, May 26||7 p.m. ET|
The first period of play was one of one-sided measures, as the Halifax Mooseheads continued their level of play. Not only were they explosive offensively, but Zachary Fucale was brilliant in the net.
It didn't hurt that some of the NHL draft's brightest stars were shining.
Konrad Abeltshauser scored his first goal of the Memorial Cup, coming off of assists from the highly-touted Jonathan Drouin and Martin Frk. Less than two minutes later, potential top-five pick Nathan Mackinnon scored off of assists from Abeltshauser and Drouin.
Suddenly, Portland's defense wasn't looking too hot.
The onslaught continued at the 15:59 mark, with Frk scoring off of Drouin's third assist of the game and MacKinnon's first. Just like that, it was 3-0 Halifax and the Memorial Cup crown was within reach.
During the second period, however, it was a different story.
Nicolas Petan netted his first goal of the 2013 Memorial Cup, tallying a shorthanded goal off of an assist from Ty Rattie. This made it 3-1, but Portland wasn't done yet, as their brightest star finally broke through.
Seth Jones found the back of the net off of assists from Rattie and Petan, thus resulting in a 3-2 count. Just as Jones made it interesting, however, his competition for the top pick stepped up.
Mackinnon and Drouin simply dominated their counterpart.
MacKinnon scored his second goal of the game and sixth of the Memorial Cup with assists from Drouin and Frk. Just minutes later, Abeltshauser netted his second goal of the evening with assists from Drouin and MacKinnon.
Brendan Leipsic made it 5-3 and Ty Rattie later made it 5-4, but it all proved to be too little, too late. With MacKinnon's empty-net goal, his third of the game, the Mooseheads pulled away with the victory and the Memorial Cup crown.
The first ever Memorial Cup for Halifax.