Leon Draisaitl named tournament MVP.
Quebec City, QC – The Kelowna Rockets’ quest to become the 97th MasterCard Memorial Cup Champions fell narrowly short on Sunday night in Quebec City as the Oshawa Generals claimed the title with a 2-1 overtime win.
The OHL Champion Generals earned their franchise’s fifth Memorial Cup and first since 1990. In the 97-year history of the tournament, Sunday marked the ninth occasion in which the final game was determined in overtime.
Tomas Soustal struck for the Rockets in the first period, but Anthony Cirelli answered for the Generals in the middle frame. Despite heavy pressure from Kelowna’s offence throughout the game, Oshawa’s Ken Appleby was superb in goal for the OHL representatives and stopped 37 of the 38 shots he faced.
Jackson Whistle turned aside 24 shots in the loss and was steady throughout the tournament.
Cirelli was the hero and the game’s first star as he also added the overtime-winner at the 1:28 mark of the extra frame.
Sunday’s appearance marked the third time the Rockets played in a MasterCard Memorial Cup Final. The Club was defeated by Windsor in the tournament finale in 2009 and won the Memorial Cup as hosts in 2004. It was the fifth time the Club has appeared at the MasterCard Memorial Cup.
The finale also marked the last hockey game scheduled to be played in the Pepsi Colisée, a building steeped in history which has stood since 1949.
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Rockets forward Leon Draisaitl was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup with seven points (4g-3a) in five games. It is the second consecutive year a WHL player has won the award as Edgars Kulda of the Edmonton Oil Kings earned the honour in 2014. Draisaitl’s seven points were also enough to claim the event’s scoring title and the Ed Chynoweth Trophy.
Draft-eligible Kelowna forward Nick Merkley and Rockets Captain Madison Bowey were both named to the MasterCard Memorial Cup All-Star Team.