Congratulations to the Kootenay Ice who won the WHL Championship with a 4-1 Victory over Portland Last Night to take the series 4-1.
I thought Kootenay's journey to the memorial cup was pretty unique. It is very rare that Kootenay's most challenging competition would come from their first round opponent in Moose Jaw who took them to 6 games.
Their players are not only talented but they are very smart hockey IQ wise. Up and Down the Ice they are almost always in a triangle formation and support each other very well. They win 60%+ of all the puck battles, and every player finishes their hits with minimum penalties whether their a high goal scorer or defensman.
I'll admit I was ticked off that Kootenay took out the Tigers so quickly in their 3rd round matchup, but you got to admire the traits in their hockey team. They are a very good club who added a key peice at the trade deadline in Cody Eakin and they relatively slipped in under the radar until they dismantled everyone they faced in the playoffs.
Good Luck to the Ice @ the Memorial Cup in Mississauga.
OHL St. Michael's Majors
OHl Owen Sound Attack
QMJHL - St Johns Seadogs
WHL - Kootenay Ice