Guillaume Gelinas celebrates after his tying goal Friday night (Aaron Bell:CHL Images)Buzzing The Net's Three Stars following Edmonton's 4-3 triple overtime win over Val-d'Or, which, at 10 minutes, capped in at 102:42, the longest game in MasterCard Memorial Cup history. Edmonton advances to play the Guelph Storm in the final.
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No. 1 star: Guillaume Gélinas, Val-d'Or Foreurs
The Foreurs wound up losing the game, but Guillaume Gélinas deserves all the credit in the world for his big minutes performance coming off what could have been a season-ending injury against the Storm. Gélinas hobbled off the ice after being on the receiving end of a knee-on-knee collision and missed Val-d'Or's final round robin game.
However, he came back and was effective in the semi-final, scoring the tying goal on a well-placed point shot with just 36 seconds to go in regulation, sending the Foreurs again to overtime. It wasn't the prettiest of efforts, but you can't question Gélinas' effectiveness, despite playing with a badly-injured left leg. First period, he also managed a heavy hip-check on Edmonton's Riley Kieser, which went down as the biggest hit of the game in an otherwise not-so-physical contest.
No. 2 star: Edgars Kulda, Edmonton Oil Kings
The Latvian nearly won the game late in the second overtime on a brilliant end-to-end rush, and, for about the seventh consecutive Edmonton Oil Kings game, was the team's most dangerous forward. Kulda scored the insurance goal, to make the score 3-1 in the second, finishing off a pretty dangle after receiving a feed from Reid Petryk. No word on whether any one of London's consignment sporting goods stores was able to recover goaltender Antoine Bibeau's jock strap that he lost on the play.Read More »from Edmonton outlasts Val-d’Or in longest game in MasterCard Memorial Cup history – Friday’s 3 Stars