Giants had their chance

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- It was all set up for the Vancouver Giants.

A win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday would have had them in the final, watching the remaining three teams scratch, claw and cheap shot each other for the right to face them.

Yet the Giants could not get past the Tigers, again, losing 1-0 in the final round robin game of the Memorial Cup.

Now they have to play in the semifinal tonight, while the Tigers get a pass into the final.

"It's do or die now, we really have to get it done," said Giants captain Brett Festerling. "We have to work hard and we have to be better than we were (Wednesday) which I think we will be."

The Lewiston Maineiacs and Plymouth Whalers met in the tiebreaker late last night to determine who the Giants would face in the semifinal.

The Giants beat both teams in the round-robin, needing an overtime winner to get past the Whalers and a late winner to beat the Maineiacs.

"We can't get ahead of ourselves," Festerling said. "As much as we want to be in the final and get another shot at Medicine Hat, we have to stay focused because we're going to have very tough opponents in the semifinal. They are both good teams and we have to be ready for either of them."

AWARDED FIRST PLACE

The Giants finished the round-robin with a 2-1 record just as the Tigers did. But by virtue of their win over Vancouver, Medicine Hat was awarded first place and a spot in Sunday's final.

It's the third time consecutive game the Tigers have beaten the Giants, having won the last two games of the WHL final on their way to the league championship.

"It's not over," Festerling said. "We would definitely have liked to take that three-day break and go directly to the final. But now we have to be refocused and be ready for the semifinal."


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