Ryan Graves and his Val d'Or team ousted from Memorial Cup final after triple OT loss in semi-final

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Hockey fans who wanted to watch Yarmouth’s Ryan Graves and his Val d’Or Foreurs team play in the semi-final game of the MasterCard Memorial Cup certainly didn’t find themselves lacking any hockey action.

The May 23 game against the Edmonton Oil Kings turned out to be the longest game in Memorial Cup history as it went into three overtime periods. In the end it was Edmonton who won the game with a 4-3 victory. Curtis Lazar scored the game winner at 2:42 in the third overtime period, which ended the game at 102 minutes and 42 seconds.

Edmonton will now meet the Guelph Storm in Sunday’s championship final.

Val d’Or had forced the semi-final game into overtime after scoring the tie goal with 36 seconds remaining in regulation time. Guillaume Gelinas had scored after Val d’Or pulled its goalie for the extra attacker.

Ryan Graves had assisted on Val d’Or’s second goal of the game.  

Organizations: MasterCard, Edmonton Oil Kings

Geographic location: Edmonton

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