Just a few days after the Edmonton Oil Kings lost in double overtime to the Val-d'Or Foreurs in round-robin play at the Memorial Cup tournament, the two teams will meet again on Friday, this time with the victor moving on to the championship game and the loser being eliminated. Colorado Avalanche prospect Cody Corbett and the Oil Kings will need to step up their game after going 1-2 during preliminary play. They were spared having to play a tiebreaking elimination game against the London Knights when the Knights fell to the Guelph Storm on Wednesday. Now the Storm have advanced to the final game, awaiting the winner of the semifinal between Edmonton and Val-d'Or.
While the Oil Kings have Cody Corbett, they are actually not the only team in this tournament with an Avalanche prospect. The Foreur's Samuel Henley is a somewhat less heralded prospect who could be making a bigger name for himself at the Memorial Cup tournament. When these two players and their respective teams squared off on Tuesday, the Oil Kings took a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Foreurs fought back and got the score to a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation. It took double overtime for Val-d'Or to claim a 4-3 comeback victory.
That first meeting between Edmonton and Val-d'Or was the only thing that separated them during preliminary play. They both beat London. They both lost to Guelph. And they needed two overtimes to settle their own matchup. The WHL champion Oil Kings and the QMJHL Champion Foreurs are quite evenly matched.
Now the two Avalanche prospects in this tournament will clash again just three days after that marathon contest. Corbett and Henley are already going to know each other pretty well before ever participating in an Avalanche training camp together. Whoever wins, one Colorado prospect will be done, and the other will be playing in one last game for junior hockey's most coveted prize. If the first game between these teams is anything to go by, the semifinal should be spectacular.Tags: Cody Corbett, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, Memorial Cup, NHL, Samuel Henley