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Wings' prospect scores in Memorial Cup

Sunday, 05.27.2007 / 4:17 PM ET / News
The Canadian Press
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Wings\' prospect scores in Memorial Cup
A solid defensive forward, Helm compiled 22 points in 23 playoff games for the Tigers. (Double E Photography)
Michal Repik's third-period goal lifted the Vancouver Giants to the 89th Memorial Cup with a 3-1 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers Sunday.

With overtime looming, the winger emerged from a scrum behind the Tigers' net and wrapped a shot between the legs of goaltender Matt Keetley at 15:05 to the delight of the partisan crowd.

"We did it in front of 16,000 people," Repik said. "To score the winning goal is great."

Forward Spencer Machacek iced the game with an empty net power-play goal in the final minute.

The Giants capture Canada's junior hockey championship in only their sixth year of existence.

Vancouver winger Milan Lucic was named the tournament's most valuable player. The Boston Bruins draft pick netted a pair of goals and added five assists in five games.

"This is the greatest feeling ever," Lucic, 18, shouted over the cheering of the 16,281 fans at the Pacific Coliseum. "Winning the trophy in front of the home crowd, you couldn't ask for anything better.

"It was a huge weight lifted off our shoulders," he added. "It got to the point it had to come to us. We had to do it."

The Giants also avenged its double-overtime loss in Game 7 of the Western Hockey League title game to Medicine Hat.

"We felt in the dressing room we had a good enough team to beat them and we could feed off all the fans in our building and I think we really did that tonight," said Giants captain Brett Festerling.

The Tigers spoiled the brilliant effort of Keetley, who kept his team in the game with several key saves.

The WHL's playoff MVP turned aside 38 of the 40 shots he faced.

While he wasn't tested nearly as often as his counterpart, Vancouver goaltender Tyson Sexsmith made 14 saves.

The Giants came out firing in the first period, peppering Medicine Hat with 17 shots on goal in the first period. But thanks to the stellar play of Keetley, the teams headed to the dressing rooms scoreless after the opening frame.

Vancouver finally broke through at 6:07 of the second when Mario Bliznak pounced on a rebound and chipped the puck over a sprawling Keetley for his first goal of the tournament.

The Tigers drew even on a power play with just over four minutes remaining in the period. Taking a centring feed, Darren Helm whipped a point-blank shot past Sexsmith for his second goal of the tournament.

In 23 playoff games, Helm scored 10 goals with 12 assists. In his third season with the Tigers, he finished with 25 goals and 39 assists in 59 regular-season games.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59