By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor
Isaac Ratcliffe and the Guelph Storm are trying to claim the Memorial Cup and through Round Robin play, Guelph came away with two wins in the three games to continue playing as the weekend hits at the Memorial Cup.
Guelph took their first game of the Memorial Cup in a 5-2 win. Ratcliffe had one assist in the win. Guelph lost their second game of the tournament, falling to host Halifax, 4-2. Ratcliffe did not factor into the scoring and had six penalty minutes in the game.
In their final Round Robin game on Tuesday night, Guelph faced Prince Albert and won, 5-2, with Ratcliffe taking home first star honors with a highlight-reel goal and two assists.
The three points now give Ratcliffe four points in the Memorial Cup and 34 points in the playoffs. Ratcliffe scored 50 goals and added 32 assists for 82 points in 65 regular-season games.
That victory knocked WHL champions Prince Albert out of the Memorial Cup, leaving OHL champion Guelph, QMJHL representative Rouyn-Noranda and host Halifax left. Halifax and Rouyn-Noranda face off on Wednesday. If Halifax wins, Guelph will next play in Friday’s semi-final against Rouyn-Noranda. There is a possibility that Guelph could get the automatic berth in Sunday’s Final and await the winner of a rematch of Wednesday’s game.
Whether Ratcliffe and Guelph play again on Friday or go straight to Sunday's Final, the Flyers prospect has at most two games remaining with Guelph. The 6'6", 203-pound winger will turn pro next season, likely starting his season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Friday’s semi-final and Sunday’s championship game are both set for 7 p.m.