Game day

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:28 AM ET

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD: On Tuesday, Rimouski beat Ottawa 4-3 after jumping out to a lead and holding on for a close win, which is becoming an Oceanic trademark here. They've had a 3-1 lead in every game they've played and the final score of each has been 4-3

OCEANIC: Rimouski lost last Saturday's tournament opener 4-3 in overtime to the London Knights; beat the Kelowna Rockets 4-3 on Wednesday.

67's: Shocked Kelowna 3-2 in double-overtime last Sunday when Bright's Grove native Brad Staubitz scored to end the longest game in Cup history; lost 5-2 to London, marking their seventh defeat in eight games against their OHL rivals.

ON FIRE: For Rimouski, forward Sidney Crosby has been consistent with a goal and assist in all three round-robin games; offensive defenceman Mario Scalzo Jr. has at least provided a hint that the Oceanic can get scoring from more than just their top three scorers in Crosby, Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Dany Roussin.

For Ottawa, with his record 62-save performance against Kelowna, goalie Danny Battochio is dangerous and can steal a game for his team. Forward Mark Mancari (power-play goal against London) and defenceman Staubitz (two goals, two assists) have been Ottawa's best offensive players so far.

THE "CED" FACTOR: Oceanic goalie Cedrick Desjardins has made 136 saves on 146 shots in three games. The 19-year-old from Edmundston, N.B., may be unorthodox, but he can make the big save.

STAY OUT OF THE BOX: Ottawa surrendered three goals in six power-play opportunities (50 per cent) to London.

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

Today: On Brian Kilrea's approach to tonight's semifinal

I have been reading about Killer's comments in the papers and how he doesn't feel his Ottawa team has been performing in the last few games and, as a coach, you wonder what he'll say to them today. They've been playing outstanding for almost six weeks now, they've been fun to watch and maybe he will talk about their journey, draw on the positives of their playoff run. No matter what people think of them or how they got here, they have a tremendous opportunity. They are one of three teams left with a chance to win the Memorial Cup. There are millions of kids in the country who would love to be pulling on a 67's jersey right now and maybe he'll have to say something to get them back to playing 67's hockey. Tactically speaking, they know they have to stay out of the penalty box to win."


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