Tyler Bertuzzi and the Guelph Storm played Anthony Mantha and the Val-d’Or Foreurs on May 19th in the MasterCard Memorial Cup and Guelph won six to three.
In the game Tyler Bertuzzi stole the show from Anthony Mantha. If Mantha and Bertuzzi were on the ice together, my eyes focused more on Bertuzzi.
Bertuzzi seemed to be everywhere on the ice; he was chasing down pucks, being physical, and getting to front of the net for a redirection or rebound.
On Bertuzzi’s goal at the end of the second period he took two cross-checks to the back, but still made his way to the front of the net to score the goal.
I was able to ask Bertuzzi about the toughness he had shown, which led to the goal.
Tyler Bertuzzi said, “It’s my game, I am going to grind it out… and not back down.”
Guelph secured themselves a spot in the Memorial Cup finals by beating Val-d’Or, but still have a game on Thursday against the London Knights before they can start looking to far forward.
On the other hand, Mantha looked slow on the ice and did a lot of gliding until the third period began. Gueplh took away a lot of Mantha’s room and covered him well, but it was a very Franzen-ish game for the Red Wings’ prospect.
Mantha was on the ice for three of the Storm’s six goals and while he was not directly responsible for them, his line seemed to allow the Storm more time in the offensive zone and more shots on net than any of Val-d’Or’s other lines.
If there is a silver lining for Mantha, he knew himself and the rest of the Foreurs did not play well enough.
Anthony Mantha said, “I played not really that good, horrible.”
But the Val-d’Or team has faced adversity before recently against Baie-Comeu in the QMJHL Final and they used it to propel themselves in their next games and win the League Championship.
Anhony Mantha said, “It is only one game in the tournament, there is one game left tomorrow and we will see if we have to play a tie-breaker or not. We will do anything it takes not to have a tie-breaker.”
Val-d’Or will need to play well tonight against the Edmonton Oil Kings in order to have a shot at playing Guelph again for the Memorial Cup.