Giants down MAINEiacs

Bob Mackin

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- Wacey Rabbit scored with 4:13 left in the third period to give host Vancouver Giants a 2-1 win over the Lewiston MAINEiacs Sunday at the MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Rabbit, a 2005 fifth round draft pick by the Boston Bruins, beat goaltender Jonathan Bernier when he pounced on Michal Repik's rebound. Brett Festerling got the other assist on a goal that gave Vancouver a 2-0 record in major junior hockey's final four tournament.

Lewiston, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion, is 1-1.

MAINEiac David Perron opened scoring for Lewiston when he tipped the puck between Vancouver goaltender Tyson Sexsmith's legs at 5:48 of the first. Pierre-Luc Faubert assisted.

Lewiston's Tristan Manson was robbed on a breakaway with 6:27 left in the second by Vancouver goaltender Tyson Sexsmith.

Giant Kenndal McArdle tied the game on a power play with 8:52 gone in the third period. Brendan Mikkelson put the puck in the goalmouth where Mario Bliznak briefly handled it before McArdle beat Bernier.

Lewiston's bid to tie the game was denied on video replay in the final moments of regulation.

Giants won the tournament opener 4-3 on Friday in overtime against the Ontario Hockey League champion Plymouth Whalers. Lewiston beat Western Hockey League champion Medicine Hat Tigers 3-1 on Saturday.

Tigers meet Plymouth on Monday (1:30 p.m. PDT). The 89th Memorial Cup final is May 27.

Meanwhile, WHL announced Sunday that its Presidents Cup, awarded to the league champion, would become the Ed Chynoweth Cup next season. Chynoweth was league president for 23 years until buying majority ownership of the Kootenay Ice in 1995.


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