Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax
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Portland Winterhawks' Seth Jones addresses reporters after his team's Memorial Cup semifinal victory over the London Knights on Friday.
Seth Jones and the Portland Winterhawks will be gunning for a Memorial Cup title… and redemption against the Halifax Mooseheads on Sunday.
The teams will square off for all the marbles in the long awaited tournament final at 8 p.m. After a disappointing 7-4 loss to the Herd in round robin action, the Winterhawks are hungry to redeem themselves.
It starts with their projected No.1 NHL draft, who was outdueled by the expected second pick, Mooseheads forward Nathan MacKinnon, who racked up four points in the victory.
“I have to keep my feet moving; I got caught flatfooted when I shouldn’t have and I usually don’t; I hope to play better,” said Jones after the team’s 2-1 semifinal victory against the London Knights on Friday night.
He admitted he would have to do a better job of containing MacKinnon.
“We have to take his time away more. He had way too much time with the puck the first game. He’s a good player, he finds ways.”
But he said he’s not getting caught up in the hype centering on the Nathan vs. Seth show.
“I’m not worried about me and him and he’s going to do what he can to win a hockey game and if that means another hat trick, then he’ll score another hat trick, and I’m going to do what I can to win the game as well.”
Winterhawks forward Ty Rattie, who’s tied with MacKinnon for the Memorial Cup lead in scoring with eight points, knows it won’t be an easy task containing the Mooseheads.
He’s prepared for a very motivated MacKinnon along with his linemate Jonathan Drouin, another predicted top pick.
“We’re going to put our best two defenceman against them and hope for the best,” he said.
Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme knows exactly what to expect from the Winterhawks on Sunday: a dogfight.
“They’ll be motivated to their maximum, you can’t expect any thing else,” said Ducharme. “We’re going to be the same on our side.”