On Tuesday, two Colorado Avalanche prospects faced off in the Memorial Cup. In both teams’ final round robin contest, Samuel Henley of the Val-d’Or Foreurs took on Cody Corbett and the Edmonton Oil Kings. Val-d’Or was able to prevail in the contest, winning in double overtime by a score of 4-3.
Both players played a major factor in the game. Corbett had 2 assists for the Oil Kings, while Henley was able to get the equalizer with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. Anthony Richard scored early in the second overtime to seal the victory.
The Oil Kings won the Western Hockey League championship to earn a spot in the Memorial Cup. An assistant captain for the squad, Corbett has three points in three Memorial Cup games. He was signed by the Avalanche in March, finishing the Oil Kings’ regular season witrh 61 points in 65 games.
The Foreurs won the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League title to earn their spot. Captain of the squad, Henley has two points in three Memorial Cup games. The Avalanche signed Henley on April 28, after the power forward put up 69 points in 51 regular season games.
With the win, Val-d’Or has secured a spot in Friday’s semifinal. Edmonton will either face them in a rematch, or the London Knights; depending on the outcome of the Knights’ game with the Guelph Storm.
Corbett and Henley aren’t the only free agent prospects that the Avalanche have signed recently; they have also added a trio of Europeans. On Monday, they signed Croatian winger Borna Rendlic. Last week, they added Czech goaltender Roman Will. Although it has not yet been confirmed by the team, they also reportedly signed Swedish forward Dennis Everberg last month.