Guelph cruises to Memorial Cup win over Edmonton

Guelph Storm captain Matt Finn (left) celebrates a goal by teammate Tyler Bertuzzi during their...

Guelph Storm captain Matt Finn (left) celebrates a goal by teammate Tyler Bertuzzi during their Memorial Cup game against the Edmonton Oil Kings at Budweiser Gardens in London Saturday May 17, 2014. (CRAIG GLOVER/QMI Agency)

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:27 PM ET

LONDON, ONT. - Kerby Rychel, son of ex-NHLer Warren, got the Guelph Storm going.

Brock McGinn, with his two NHL-playing brothers in the building, gave the OHL champs the lead.

Then, Tyler Bertuzzi – whose uncle is big Todd – stuck the dagger in the Edmonton Oil Kings, scoring twice in the third for a 5-2 win in both teams' Memorial Cup kick-off before 8,824 Saturday at Budweiser Gardens.

Three familiar hockey names accounted for all five Storm goals. Some good genes trumped first-game jitters.

“It was kind of funny,” Rychel, the Columbus first-rounder, quipped. “We were joking on the bench that the left wingers were doing everything.”

Rychel grew up around two Memorial Cup-winning teams with Windsor in 2009-10. His dad, still GM of the Spitfires, traded him to Guelph this season as part of a rebuild.

“It's not only our team (with big-league blood), but other teams, too,” Rychel said. “(Max) Domi on London. (Henrik) Samuelsson (Edmonton's son of Ulf scored his team's first goal). The list goes on. They (a hockey-playing dad, uncle or brothers) have been through it and they can teach you a lot of things.”

Like how to react on the bigger stage..

“I've always said it helps in the sense those guys, early on in their lives, get the hockey sense quicker because they're watching it so much when their relatives play and they're around it,” Guelph head coach Scott Walker said. “They see the training, the little things it takes to win games.”

The Storm trio may play on the same side of the ice, but they all have unique personalities.

“Brock is very quiet,” Walker said. “(Bertuzzi) is fun-loving and he loves to be out there banging and being in everyone's face. (Rychel) is just a very intense person.

“They're all very different but they're all very similar in they want to go straight ahead and do whatever it takes to win.”

Rychel, the OHL's leading playoff scorer, got the Storm on the board with 4.2 seconds in the first. After Edmonton blitzed Guelph goalie Justin Nichols for two goals in 27 seconds early in the second period, Rychel scored again when a bad clearing attempt by Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller's younger brother Mads hit him in the pants, deflected off Edmonton goalie Tristan Jarry, and in.

“Fortunately, we got a lucky bounce to get one right back there,” Walker said. “I liked the resilience of our bench (when Edmonton jumped ahead). There was no panic. It was calm.

“No one was slamming doors or breaking sticks.”

The guys on the left side took over.

McGinn wired a bullet past Jarry to regain the lead.

Brock was 11 when he watched brother Jamie, now a Colorado Avalanche forward, score three goals for Ottawa at the 2005 Cup in this building. Brian Kilrea's underdog 67's bowed out in the semifinal at the hands of Sidney Crosby and the Rimouski Oceanic.

“I came here (from Fergus) to watch him with my parents and grandparents and Ottawa did a great job,” Brock, now 20-years-old, said. “He played against guys like Crosby and (Corey) Perry and I think he led the rookies in tournament scoring.

“So it was good for him.”

Now, it's his turn. Brock McGinn also saw brother Tye, Philadelphia Flyers property who never got his Cup shot with Gatineau in the Quebec league, through the glass during warmup.

“I haven't seen his face in a while,” Brock, a Carolina second-rounder, said with a grin. “It was a good feeling when they were watching. I haven't had many chances for them to see me play live.”

Bertuzzi, a rough-and-tumble Red Wings draft pick, beat Jarry on two well-placed shots to help the Canadian Hockey League's top-scoring team pull away.

“The 4-2 goal was a bit of a backbreaker goal,” Edmonton coach Derek Laxdal said. “Special teams really let us down and we're going to have to figure it out pretty quick here.”

The games are getting huge in a hurry. This will be the first time in three years that all four teams don't start with 1-1 records.

The winless Oil Kings and host London Knights play Sunday night to avoid falling to 0-2 quickly.

The Storm and Val d'Or meet Monday with an automatic berth in the Cup semifinal on the line.

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GAME GLANCE

Storm 5, Oil Kings 2

Guelph goals: Kerby Rychel (2), Tyler Bertuzzi (2), Brock McGinn

Edmonton goals: Henrik Samuelsson, Ashton Sautner


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