Weekend sports wrap: Oil Kings win Memorial Cup; North Team wins RMFL all-star game



The following is a recap of what transpired in local sports over the weekend . . .

Oil Kings win Memorial Cup

The Edmonton Oil Kings are this year's Memorial Cup junior hockey champions.

Henrik Samuelsson led the Western Hockey League champions with two goals, including an empty-net goal, and three assists as the Oil Kings defeated the OHL's Guelph Storm 6-3 in the Memorial Cup championship final on Sunday afternoon in London, Ont.

Edgars Kulda had a goal and two assists and Edmonton also got goals from Cody Corbett, Tyler Robertson and Mitch Moroz. Goaltender Tristan Jarry made 32 saves for the win.

Robby Fabbri, Stephen Pierog and Zach Mitchell replied for the Storm, whose only loss of the tournament was in the final. Guelph goaltender Justin Nichols stopped 40 shots in the loss.

The Oil Kings advanced to the final after a triple overtime semifinal win over the QMJHL's Val-d'Or Foreurs on Friday. The game was the longest game in tournament history at 102 minutes and 42 seconds.

The Oil Kings, who are coached by Derek Laxdal, went 1-2 in the round robin, including a 5-2 loss to the Storm in their first game of the tournament. Laxdal, a former member of the Brandon Wheat Kings, is known in the area for running hockey camps in Rivers. He'll be leading a camp for a third time Aug. 4-8 at the Riverdale Community Recreation Complex.

The WHL ended a three-year run of QMJHL teams claiming the Cup. The Oil Kings were also the first WHL team to claim it since the Spokane Chiefs in 2008.

Wheat Kings hold spring prospects camp

The Brandon Wheat Kings held their annual spring prospects camp over the weekend at Westman Communications Group Place.

Close to 30 players attended the camp, which included all of the club's 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft picks.

Among the prospects at camp was Stelio Mattheos, who was chosen first overall by the Wheat Kings in the draft earlier this month.

The camp concluded on Sunday with an intrasquad game, which saw Team White defeat Team Black 7-5.

Wade Allison scored a pair of goals for Team White in the win.

Minnedosa wins varsity girls rugby title

The Minnedosa Chancellors won the varsity girls rugby title in the Westman High School Rugby League on Saturday.

Minnedosa defeated the Souris Sabres 22-19 in the championship final.

Meanwhile, in varsity boys action, Minnedosa lost 19-17 in the final to Souris.

It was the third straight championship for the Sabres boys squad.

Minnedosa and Souris will move on to the provincial championships this weekend in Brandon.

NHL playoffs: Rangers up 3-1

Martin St. Louis scored the game winner in overtime as the New York Rangers edged the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Sunday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final. The Rangers now hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven NHL series.

Meanwhile, the LA Kings have a 2-1 lead in their series over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference final.

Hanlon leaving Belarusian national team

According to reports, Brandon's Glen Hanlon has decided he will not be returning as head coach of the Belarusian national team next season. His contract is up with the Belarus Ice Hockey Federation and apparently he's decided to not re-sign and will instead move on.

There is a report from Swisshockeynews that suggests Hanlon could be in line to take over as the head coach of the Swiss national team in the near future.

North Team takes RMFL all-star game

The North Team defeated the South Team 32-7 in the Rural Manitoba Football League all-star game on Saturday in Winnipeg.

Brendan Cowan of the Neepawa Tigers scored a touchdown and threw a major for the North Team in the win.

The North Team roster also included seven other Tigers in Wyatt Salmon, Lynden Middleton, Cody Pasowisty, Will Birnie, Layton Dixon, Jessy Doerksen and Ashton Penner.

You can watch the entire game online here.


Photo: Game action from the RMFL all-star game on Saturday in Winnipeg.

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