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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. 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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