CBJ at the Memorial Cup Recap
- Updated: May 30, 2011
Well we’ve come to the end of the line folks this will probably be my quickest post ever because I only have 1 player to talk about and he only played in 1 of the 4 games his team played. A quick overview of how the tournament balances out. The 3 CHL league champions(OHL, QMJHL, WHL) plus the host team that gets a automatic bid play a round robin, a tie-breaker is possible if 2 teams are tied for 3rd place. After that the winner will play the team in 2nd place in a semifinal and the winner plays in the Championship game against the 1st place team. The Blue Jackets have had 21 draft picks(either before or after being selected) play in the cup, 6 winning it those 6 are Aaron Johnson(00) Shane Bendera(01) Marc Methot and Dan Fritsche(05) Brent Regner(07) and Corbeil just last night.
Blue Jackets goalie prospect Mathieu Corbeil helped the Saint John Sea Dogs become the first team from the Maritimes region of Canada(New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the greatest place to mine hockey talent according to Doug Maclean Prince Edward Island). Now like I said last time Coach Gerard Gallant went with Jacob DeSerres through the first two games winning both by a goal. But for the team’s third game against the winless Kootenay Ice and the team already having punched it ticket to the championship game coach Gallant decided to sit 4 of his regulars not even dressing DeSerres. It was a back and forth affair with the Dogs going up 2-0 then trailing 3-2 continuing to flip flop until Saint John trailed 4-3. Then Tomas Jurco struck with 15 seconds left in the 3rd, on a quick side-note when you get the chance search the kid out on youtube its like the old Jordan vs Bird McDonald’s commercial (off my skate bounce the puck off the scoreboard do a back-flip nothing but net). Unfortunately the Sea Dogs lost the game 5-4 in overtime with the Ice scoring a little less than 4 minutes into the extra frame, Corbeil stopped 40 of 45 in the overtime loss. So the Sea Dogs faced off against the host Mississauga St. Michaels Majors in the title game setting up a rematch of the tournament opener, the Sea Dogs won 3-1 with potential 1st round pick Jonathan Huberdeau earning the MVP honor. So Corbeil finished the tournament with 1 game played a record of 0-0-1 a .889 save percentage and a 4.81 GAA and valuable playoff/Memorial Cup experience. I asked a blogger I’ve talked to all season about how Saint John is in net next season he said Corbeil is number 1 and he doesnt know who the backup will be.
And that’s it the Blue Jacket’s prospects are done until we get some new ones at the Draft and then Prospect Camp is right around the corner. As always I thank you for reading and I’ll let you know I still have at least 1 more post coming up before the draft because its time to put on your best suit and get ready for the Blue Jackets Prospect Awards!!
I plan on wearing this for the awards.(actually about won this jersey when they auctioned them off)