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Kootenay starts Memorial Cup Ice cold, face must win contest Tuesday

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
May 24th, 2011

It’s definitely not the start the Kootenay Ice wanted at the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Mississauga, Ont.

Mississauga’s Rob Flick broke a 1-1 tie 11:51 into the third period to power the St. Michael’s Majors to a 2-1 victory over Kootenay in round robin action Sunday.

The loss drops the Ice to 0-2 and last in the four-team standings.

Kootenay opened the tournament with a 5-0 loss to Owen Sound Attack Saturday.

The top three teams advance to the playoff round, with the second and third-place teams meeting in Friday’s semi final.

The final, which Saint John has already booked its ticket thanks to a 3-2 overtime win over Owen Sound Attack, is set for Sunday.

Kootenay, defeating Portland Winterhawks to advance the Memorial Cup, still has a slim outside shot at the playoffs if the Western Hockey League champion can defeat Saint John Sea Dogs Tuesday.

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