Memorial Cup Game Day

London Free Press staff

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

OTTAWA 67'S (1-0) VS. RIMOUSKI OCEANIC (0-1)

GAME TIME: 7 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre, televised on Rogers Sportsnet

67's: Stunned defending Memorial Cup champion Kelowna 3-2 in Sunday's double-overtime marathon.

OCEANIC: Fell 4-3 to the Knights in overtime in the Cup opener on Saturday night.

ON FIRE: Ottawa, goalie Danny Battochio (62 saves in almost 96 minutes of work against Kelowna); forward Brad Bonello (two assists); Rimouski, forward Sidney Crosby (1 G, 1 A).

HARD-TO-BEAT BATTOCHIO: All goalies would dream of having Battochio's current Cup save percentage of .969. The 19-year-old goalie is familiar with facing a barrage of shots -- he saw 192 in the five-game OHL final against London. Kelowna's 64 shots Sunday surpassed the previous Cup mark of 56 by Hull in a 7-5 win over Portland in the 1986 tournament.

CEDRICK THE GREAT: After flinching on London's first few high shots, Rimouski goalie Cedrick Desjardins settled down and had a solid effort in his team's tournament-opening loss. He would've been up in Battochio range in saves if the game had lasted as long as Ottawa's -- he stopped 44 London shots.

RIGHT TIME FOR OT: Ottawa has won three consecutive overtime games, including two victories in the OHL's Eastern Conference final against Peterborough. Their last sudden-death loss was a 3-2, double-overtime defeat to Sudbury in the second round on April 9. Battochio made 57 saves in that marathon.

STREAKY RIMOUSKI: The Oceanic's Cup-opening loss to London was just their second in five months. Before the Cup started, they had won 40 of 41 games, interrupted only by a 5-0 loss to Chicoutimi on April 27.

BEHIND THE BENCH

(Western Mustangs hockey coach Clarke Singer will break down a key tactical point each day during the Memorial Cup)

Today: On London's ability to beat Kelowna's terrific trap.

Kelowna wasn't able to get as many turnovers as I thought they would, or as many as they did against Ottawa. The Knights have seen the trap before and they did a nice job of going through the middle. They've been passing the puck defence-to-defence very well and the D-men have been able to jump up, gain the red line and fire it in or start the rush. When you can do that, it creates more scoring opportunities."


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