May 27, 2011
Shugg aims to win third straight Memorial Cup
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. —- Justin Shugg can’t remember what it’s like to take it easy in the month of May.
But the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors forward is fine with that.
If everything in the next couple of days unfolds as Shugg hopes, he will become just the second player to win three Memorial Cups in a row.
“A lot of people say it is one of the hardest trophies to win in sports,” Shugg said on Friday morning. “To win three would be mind-blowing. I’m not looking past tonight, but it would be awesome.”
Shugg and the Majors will take on the Kootenay Ice on Friday night at the Hershey Centre in the 2011 Memorial Cup semifinal. The winner will clash with the Saint John Sea Dogs on Sunday night in the championship game.
Shugg raised the Memorial Cup in each of the past two years with the Windsor Spitfires. Robert Savard won the Cup in three consecutive years in the early 1980s.
The Ice won’t simply lie down, of course. It’s riding a wave of confidence after winning its past two games.
“It shows our character,” captain Brayden McNabb. “We battled adversity in the (Western Hockey League) playoffs, and we knew we were going to battle adversity here. If it takes us longer to go the final, so be it.”
The Majors know their power-play units have to be better. The Majors are 3-for-22 with a man advantage, giving them a 13.6% success rate that is worst in the tournament.
“We have to be creative,” Shugg said. “We are being robots on the power play when we are breaking out of our end and setting up. We have to relax and ease up on our sticks.”