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Kenndal McArdle & Vancouver Giants Win Memorial Cup

Tuesday, 05.29.2007 / 4:35 PM / News
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Kenndal McArdle & Vancouver Giants Win Memorial Cup
Florida Panthers prospect LW Kenndal McArdle and the Vancouver Giants capped off an amazing season by winning the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup on Sunday afternoon.  In a rematch of this year’s WHL Finalists, Vancouver came out victorious 3-1 over the Medicine Hat Tigers as Mario Bliznak, Michal Repik, and Spencer Machacek each netted goals.  McArdle assisted on Bliznak’s opening goal at 6:07 in the second period.  Vancouver outshot Medicine Hat by an astonishing 40-15 tally. This marks the first ever Memorial Cup won by the Vancouver Giants who joined the WHL in 2001.

"What's special is when you win it with an organization for the first time," Giants head coach Don Hay told the Sun Media. "This team went through some tough times, but we built it the right way and it's very rewarding."

After a scoreless first, and Bliznak’s 2nd period goal, Medicine Hat tied the game at 1 on a Darren Helm powerplay goal at 15:49.  As the game looked to be headed to overtime, Vancouver’s Michal Repik scored on a wrap-around at 15:05 of the third period.  Medicine Hat pulled goalie Matt Keetley for an extra attacker, but Vancouver scored on the empty net when Spencer Machacek flipped the puck in at 19:14.

"It's something that means a lot, not only for myself and the team but for the whole city of Vancouver ," McArdle said from Vancouver City Hall where May 29th was being proclamated 'Vancouver Giants Day'. "I'm fortunate enough to win it on home ice and in front of the home crowd."

This win also gave Giants coach Don Hay his third Memorial Cup, more than any other coach in junior hockey history.

“I’m just so proud of these guys,” Hay told the CanWest News Service. “Just look around the locker room; there isn’t one guy who didn’t buy in wholeheartedly.”

With two goals and five assists, Milan Lucic was awarded the tournament MVP.  McArdle has been a huge part of the team’s success as he had 11 goals and 9 assists to finish 5th overall in the WHL in scoring during the playoffs.  In the regular season McArdle racked up a career best 19 goals and 23 assists for 42 points.  The Giants finish with an overall record of 45-17-3-7, and they were first in the Western Conference B.C. Division. 
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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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