It has been a grueling Memorial Cup tournament for Colorado Avalanche prospect Cody Corbett and his Edmonton Oil Kings. In the semifinal against the Val-d'Or Foreurs it took triple overtime for the Oil Kings to advance after what was the second marathon between the two teams in four days. During the preliminary round, Edmonton and Val-d'Or went to double overtime where the Foreurs won 4-3. In the rematch that was the tournament semifinal, it was the Oil Kings prevailing by the same score, this time with three extra periods being needed to settle the hard fought affair.
Both games has a similar feel, as Edmonton had a 2-0 lead in the earlier contest and a 3-1 lead in the semifinal, yet both games went to overtime with the score tied 3-3. And both games kept on going for a long time. Plenty of regulation scoring was twice followed by nobody being able to buy a goal. Really the only things that changed from the first game to the next were how many overtimes were needed and who got the fourth goal.
Cody Corbett had two assists and a plus-3 rating in the victory that now sends the Oil Kings to the Memorial Cup Final against the Guelph Storm. His second assist was on the game winner in the third overtime. Corbett is technically not an Avalanche player yet, but he is following in the footsteps of several that came before him by coming up big in big games and in big moments. He is certainly doing the Avalanche organization proud as they keep an eye on the tournament from Colorado. Now he and the rest of the Edmonton Oil Kings are one game away from the Memorial Cup. If they win it, this will be the second year in a row that an Avalanche prospect has hoisted the trophy awarded to the Champions of all of junior hockey. We have only until Sunday to find out.Tags: Cody Corbett, Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, Memorial Cup, NHL