Wacey, Kenndal get the job done

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

It's not where and how you start, it's where and how you finish.

Nothing could tell the tale of Wacey Rabbit and Kenndal McArdle better.

They didn't start the Western Hockey League season as Vancouver Giants but are scoring key goals that have assured the host team at least a berth in Friday's MasterCard Memorial Cup final.

Ex-Saskatoon Blade Rabbit, a Boston Bruins' prospect, and ex-Moose Jaw Warrior McArdle, a Florida Panthers' prospect, scored winning goals in Vancouver's first two games of major junior hockey's final four tournament.

McArdle tied Sunday's meeting with Quebec champion Lewiston MAINEiacs before Rabbit's 2-1 winner with 4:13 left in the third period. On Friday, McArdle scored at 5:06 of sudden death overtime to give Vancouver a 4-3 win over Plymouth Whalers, the Ontario league champs.

McArdle gave Vancouver its first win after missing a chance to end the game on a previous shift, but got a second chance thanks to a J.D. Watt pass.

"It just hopped up right before I shot it, I didn't get a lot on it," McArdle said. "I went to the bench and refocused and I was lucky to get another opportunity."

The Giants end round-robin play at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow against the Medicine Hat Tigers, the team that spoiled their bid for a second WHL title last week.

The Tigers were playing Plymouth after 24 hours' deadline last night. A Tigers' loss would automatically qualify Vancouver for Sunday's final.

Tonight the Whalers face the MAINEiacs at 5 p.m. (Sportsnet).

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Game summaries: Vancouver Giants 4 Plymouth Whalers 3

Goaltenders: Vancouver: Sexsmith, (3 GA, 30 SV); Plymouth: Neuvirth, (4 GA, 33 SV)

Attendance 13,428

Vancouver Giants 2

Lewiston MAINEiacs 1

Goaltenders: Lewiston: Bernier, (2 GA, 31 SV); Vancouver: Sexsmith, (1 GA, 19 SV)

Attendance: 13,734* (new Memorial Cup round-robin record) 


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