GLENDALE – Coyotes prospect Henrik Samuelsson notched two goals and three assists on Sunday to lead Edmonton to a 6-3 win over Guelph in the Memorial Cup championship game at London, Ontario.
Samuelsson, a Scottsdale native whom the Coyotes selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, scored a momentum-swaying goal at the 5:00 mark of the third period to give Edmonton a 5-3 lead. He added an empty-netter with 1:26 to play.
Guelph beat Edmonton 5-2 last Saturday when the teams met in the round-robin portion of the tournament. Edmonton got its revenge when it mattered most.
"We battled all year to get to this point and there’s no better feeling than this," Samuelsson said during the post-game TV broadcast. "… We didn’t let up at all. It was a great game."
Samuelsson took home the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as the tournament's top scorer with eight points (four goals, four assists). He was also named to the tournament's All-Star team.
Samuelsson also played for Edmonton in the 2012 Memorial Cup, but the Oil Kings placed fourth out of four teams. Before this year’s tournament began, Samuelsson said he and his teammates learned from that experience.
"We didn’t do as well as we liked last time," Samuelsson said. "Last time I felt our team was satisfied with just winning the WHL championship. We’ve learned not to be satisfied and that it’s going to take a lot more to win the Memorial Cup."
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