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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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89