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Kenndal McArdle & Vancouver Giants Win Memorial Cup

Tuesday, 05.29.2007 / 4:35 PM ET / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 48 16 21 12 37
J. Huberdeau 51 10 27 11 37
A. Barkov 41 15 19 13 34
J. Jokinen 51 9 24 12 33
V. Trocheck 51 17 15 4 32
R. Smith 51 16 15 12 31
B. Pirri 47 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 47 10 12 23 22
B. Campbell 51 4 15 17 19
N. Bjugstad 36 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 4 .930 2.11
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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