May 16, 2010
Each day, Buzzing The Net will select three stars from each game at the MasterCard Memorial Cup:
No. 1 star: Toni Rajala, Brandon Wheat Kings
The Wheat Kings aced their boards, you might say. Rajala scored the game's first two goals. The first involved a tic-tac-Toni play with Jay Fehr and Aaron Lewadniuk that involved a sweet carom pass to get around Moncton defenceman Mark Barberio.
The Edmonton Oilers prospect's second goal came when he one-timed the puck home after Brodie Melnychuk's shot that went wide of the net hit the boards and shot out at a 90-degree angle. It looked like a bit of a set play by the host team that was designated as visitors.
No. 2 star: Jay Fehr, Brandon Wheat Kings
The Wheaties' No. 2 centre only had one assist, but was on the ice for the first two goals as his line with Rajala and Aaron Lewadniuk set the tone early. This spot easily could have gone to winger Shayne Wiebe, a hometown Brandon player who had two assists.
For anyone wondering, Fehr is not related to Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr, even though he plays the same Canadian Hockey League team as the NHLer and also played for the same midget team (Pembina Valley Hawks). The Capitals' Fehr is from Winkler; the Wheaties' Fehr is from Morden, a couple minutes' drive away.
No. 3 star: Jacob De Serres, Brandon Wheat Kings
The netminder was a stabilizer as Brandon went from blowout to shutout, handling 31 shots. Moncton did not offer a lot on offence, so hard to justify putting the goalie any higher than the third slot.
Fun fact: It was Brandon's first shutout since a skunking of the
Chilliwack Bruins on Feb. 26. Rajala had two goals in the game, too.
Honourable mention: Travis Hamonic, Brandon Wheat Kings
The Wheat Kings' No. 1 defenceman makes it on account of the bagel and the acting he did to draw a penalty on Moncton centre Kelsey Tessier that wiped out a 'Cats power play late in the second period.
Hamonic only had flop worse than Russell Crowe's Robin Hood movie to get that call. All's fair in hockey, though. Tessier might have been a little testy, having missed on a couple scoring chances with his team trailing 3-0, and didn't notice Hamonic skate into his path and then go limp.
Second honourable mention: Kelsey Tessier, Moncton WildcatsNo one from Moncton will feel good about this game. They were out of gas. Tessier, Gabriel Bourque and Daniel Pettersson were probably their No. 1 line.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Sports Canada. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.