BRANDON, Sunday, May 16, 2010 – Wheat Kings goaltender Jacob De Serres was brilliant, making 31 saves to earn the shutout and give the home team a 4-0 win over the Moncton Wildcats Sunday afternoon at Westman Place.
Both teams played it tight in the first half of the opening frame with limited scoring opportunities coming about.
The first goal came off the stick of Toni Rajala who received a great pass in the slot from Aaron Lewadniuk on a two-on-one and then proceeded to beat Nicola Riopel with a gorgeous backhand shot at 10:14. No other goals were scored in the first period and the Wheat Kings retreated to their dressing room with a one-goal lead.
Toni Rajala did additional damage in the second period burying his second goal of the day at 8:17. Then, with Randy Cameron in the penalty box for high-sticking, Brayden Schenn recorded his first goal of the MasterCard Memorial Cup to put the home team up 3-0.
Head coach Danny Flynn immediately called a timeout to try to get his team settled down, but the Wildcats were unable to solve De Serres.
At the start of the third period, Brent Raedeke put the game out of reach by recording his first goal of the tournament.
Toni Rajala was named the games first star. Goaltender Jacob De Serres was honoured with the second star while Shayne Wiebe collected the third star.
Former Wheat King and current Nashville Predator Jordin Tootoo participated in the ceremonial opening faceoff.
Game four of the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup hits the airwaves of Rogers Sportsnet tomorrow at 7 pm (CDT) as the Calgary Hitmen take on the Windsor Spitfires. The game can also be seen live on Sportsnet.ca and on the NHL Network in the U.S.
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)