Whitby has business to finish

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

STONYPLAIN -- Their slogan, when they dusted off the Whitby Dunlops name and relaunched the venerable franchise after more than 40 years of dormancy, was "History in the Re-Making."

Not anymore.

Not after getting pounded 7-1 in the 2006 Allan Cup final, a defeat that's still burning their backsides in this year's tournament.

"We said at the start of the year, the theme is unfinished business," said Dunlops head coach Mike Posavad, who wants nothing more than to wash the taste of last year's defeat out of their mouths.

"We've kept going off that. As we were winning throughout the (Ontario) playoffs, we didn't get excited, it was just the next step along the way. We just want to win our final game of the year, that's what we're gunning for."

And looking good doing it.

Whitby, which hasn't lost a game in the tournament, hammered Halifax 9-5 yesterday to advance to today's semifinal against undefeated Bentley.

They added eight new players - "younger legs," says Posavad - after last year's heartbreak and if they seem to be getting strong as the show goes on, it's because they are. They were two veteran defencemen short during the round robin (because they couldn't get away from work), but the duo caught up with the team yesterday, and it showed.

"Work commitments, family commitments, we've battled it all year," said the coach. "There were games where we had 10, 11 players. But getting them back helps. We had some forwards playing D. This allows us to go with our regular lineup now. We're rolling pretty good."

- The Lloydminster Border Kings advanced to today's semi on the strength of a 5-1 victory over Shawinigan, who leaves the tournament winless in three tries. Kevin Lavellee scored twice, and Jeff Henkelman, Dalyn Fallscheer and Greg Brown added singles for Lloydminster.

The Xtreme, whose reputation as a scrap-happy band of thugs preceded them here, played it clean the whole tournament, even when the score in the last game was out of hand.


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