The Kitchener Rangers will be having nightmares featuring goaltender Dustin Tokarski for some time. The Spokane Chief's 'keeper was the difference in today's 4-1 Spokane win to capture the Memorial Cup. The Rangers came out strong and looked to be the better team for long stretches, but the Chiefs play a strong systems game and Tokarski is a big body in the net...
It was Spokane's second M-Cup win and the first for an American based CHL team in 10 years. In many ways the Memorial Cup may be a more difficult trophy to win than even the Stanley Cup. For one, 60 teams make up the CHL and you must win four rounds of playoffs and a very tricky tournament of champions to capture it.
Consider this: The Peterborough Petes are thought to be one of the model junior hockey franchises in the world--an iconic team that has featured some of the game's greatest names. They have qualified for the tournament a record seven times. Yet, the Petes have won exactly one Memorial Cup.
Really (cliché alert) there were no losers today--or this week.