Two great traditional rivals hook up this Sunday when Rogers Sportsnet’s
television coverage of the Canadian Hockey League continues.
The Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League take on the Hull Olympiques of
the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at 3 p.m. ET in one of the series of
inter-locking games between the OHL and the QMJHL this season. The game
takes place at the Corel Centre, home of the Ottawa Senators of the National
OHL teams won the first two games of the series last weekend as Peterborough
defeated Montreal 5-2 at Peterborough and Belleville beat Victoriaville 6-1
at Belleville. All inter-locking games count in the regular season standings
of both leagues.
Ottawa and Hull have met previously in inter-locking games and the games
have always been intense between the two geographical rivals. A large crowd
is expected for the game, which is an important one for both clubs.
Ottawa (22-14-7-0) is coached by the legendary Brian Kilrea, now in his 25th
season in the OHL. Kilrea has amassed 944 career OHL victories, the most by
any CHL coach, and he has this year’s 67’s again battling for an OHL title.
Ottawa is first in the East Division standings heading into this weekend’s
play and second in the Eastern Conference standings.
Miguel Delisle (32-29-61), Zenon Konopka (13-45-58) and Brendan Bell
(6-22-28) are the team’s leading scorers, while defenceman Jonathan Zion
(11-15-26) and goalie J.F. Perras (2.63 goals against average, .914 save
percentage, 17-10-5 record), are also enjoying great seasons.
The Olympiques have struggled in the early going, but they remain in
contention in the QMJHL’s West Division standings. Philippe Lacasse
(30-38-68), Ales Hemsky (16-33-49) and Roberto Bissonette (16-22-38) are
their leading scorers.
2002 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE MADE NEXT WEEK
The Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League will announce the
site of the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup early next week.
The four teams bidding are the Barrie Colts, the Erie Otters, the Guelph
Storm and the Ottawa 67’s. The 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup takes place May
18-26, 2002 in the city of the winning team.
The OHL advised all teams prior to the selection process that the winning
bid would be announced after the OHL’s trading deadline passed. CHL
President and OHL Commissioner David Branch has confirmed that an
announcement will be made shortly.
“The quality of the four bids was without question outstanding,” Branch
said. “We are confident that no matter where the 2002 MasterCard Memorial
Cup winds up, the teams, fans and media involved will be treated to an
The 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup committee is comprised of Paul Beeston,
chief operating officer, commissioner’s office for Major League Baseball,
Frank Bonello, director of Central Scouting for the National Hockey League,
and Bryan O’Neill, former Vice President of the NHL and current NHL director
of consulting services.
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are eight games in the WHL Friday night. Kamloops (9) is at Kelowna,
Tri-City visits Portland, Moose Jaw is in Regina (6), Red Deer (10) visits
Vancouver, Spokane is at Seattle, Swift Current (3) is in Brandon,
Lethbridge plays at Prince Albert and Medicine Hat is at Saskatoon.
There were no games in the WHL Thursday night.
ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are eight games on the Friday night OHL schedule. Plymouth (2) is at
Erie, Mississauga plays in Guelph, Kitchener visits Kingston, Owen Sound is
at London, Barrie (5) visits Oshawa, North Bay takes on Ottawa, Sarnia is in
Sault Ste. Marie (7) and Toronto St. Michael’s visits Sudbury.
There were two games in the OHL Thursday night. Peterborough defeated
Kitchener 7-4 and Windsor edged Brampton 5-4 in an important game for the
final Western Conference playoff spot.
At Peterborough, Eric Staal and Josh Patterson both scored a pair of goals
to lead the Petes to their win. Derek Roy had a pair of goals for the
Rangers, who were out-shot 36-24.
At Windsor, Steve Ott scored twice, including his 25th goal of the season,
to lead the Spitfires to their win. Tim Gleason added a pair of assists for
the winners, while Jay Harrison and Kurt MacSweyn both added one goal and
QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are five games in the QMJHL Friday night. Val-d’Or is at Chicoutimi,
Shawinigan (4) is at Hull, Rouyn-Noranda plays at Quebec, Acadie-Bathurst
(1) meets Rimouski and Cape Breton is in Drummondville.
There were two games in the QMJHL Thursday night. Halifax (8) blanked
Moncton 4-0 while Chicoutimi edged Baie-Comeau 5-2.
At Moncton, Jason King scored his 30th goal of the season to lead the
Mooseheads, while Dany Dallaire made 27 saves in the Halifax goal. Matthew
Davis recorded 39 saves for Moncton.
At Baie-Comeau, Pierre-Marc Bouchard had one goal and one assist to lead
Chicoutimi, while Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 35 saves. Joel Perrault had
one goal and one assist for the losers.
For complete QMJHL statistics and standings, visit the official QMJHL site.