2009 Memorial Cup: Kelowna and Drummondville Come Out Clean

Francois GendronSenior Writer IMay 17, 2009

The four teams involved in the 2009 Memorial Cup competition, held in Rimouski, have now all played their first match of the first round.

Two days ago, the competition began with the host team Rimouski Oceanic versus the Kelowna Rockets. Kelowna completely dominated a major portion of the game and easily won by the score of 4-1. Oceanic goaltender Maxim Gougeon had to make many saves to avoid a worse result on the scoreboard; he stopped 38 of the 42 shots he faced.

Yesterday, the Drummondville Voltigeurs faced the Windsor Spitfires in a very disputed match that required an overtime period to declare a winner.

During the extra minutes, Drummondville's Maxime Frenette pounced on a loose puck at the side of Windsor's net and sent in a quick backhanded shot that bested goaltender Andrew Engelage. Drummondville's goaltender, Marco Cousineau, was also excellent in this duel that ended by the score of 3-2.

Windsor was looking good and had a one goal lead on Drummondville at the start of the third period. The OHL team had an impressive 45-0-1 record this season with a lead after two frames, but despite this awesome mark, they could not hold off Drummondville.

With less than six minutes to play, Philippe Lefebvre beat Engelgage with a very ordinary shot to tie the score at two apiece and force an OT. Windsor's goaltender may well have nightmares due to this incident.

Windsor will now face the Oceanic while the Rockets and the Voltigeurs will battle to keep their perfect records intact.

Pictures: Kelowna Rockets and Drummondville Voltigeurs, Canadian Press