Generals win Memorial Cup in overtime
The Oshawa Generals are Memorial Cup champions for the first time since 1990.
Oshawa defeated the Kelowna Rockets, 2-1, in overtime in the Memorial Cup final on Sunday night in Québec, Que.
Anthony Cirelli played the role of hero for the Generals. The NHL draft-eligble centre scored both Generals goals including the overtime-winning goal 90 seconds into extra time.
Czech rookie Tomas Soustal scored the lone Rockets goal.
Ken Appleby was tremendous in net for the Generals. The North Bay, Ont. native turned aside 37 Rockets shots in the most important game of his three-year major junior career.
Jackson Whistle made 24 saves while tending the Rockets’ net.
Soustal opened the scoring late in the first period. The 18-year-old import fooled Appleby for his first goal of the tournament. Madison Bowey and Cole Linaker drew the assists.
The Generals tied the game 14 minutes into the second period. Cirelli fired a shot by Whistle for his first of two goals in the game. Dakota Mermis and Josh Brown were credited with the assists.
For the first time since 2012, the Memorial Cup final needed overtime to determine a champion.
Just 90 seconds into the extra period, Cirelli, a rookie, pounced on a rebound and clinched the Generals their fifth Memorial Cup title in franchise history.
Oshawa last won the coveted trophy in 1990 when they bested the Kitchener Rangers.
The Generals are the winningest active team in the CHL with five Memorial Cup championships in 12 tournament appearances.