After playing in the longest game in Memorial Cup history, the storybook Edmonton Oil Kings will face off against the powerhouse Guelph Storm in the Memorial Cup final this Sunday, May 26th. The game is being broadcast on Sportsnet at 4pm EST and you can get the betting odds along with a preview here…

Guelph Storm are (-170) favourites over the Edmonton Oil Kings and the total goals is set at 6.5 (Betting odds can be found at Pinnacle)

The road these two teams took to the Memorial Cup final could not have been more different. This has been called by some as the best Guelph Storm team in franchise history, and they have stream rolled their way through the round-robin stage going a perfect 3-0 while outscoring opponents 18-7. Guelph also boasts the top six individual scorers in this years Memorial Cup, and the Storm goalie Justin Nichols 2.33 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage are best in the tournament.

On the other hand, the Edmonton Oil Kings reached the final after winning a thrilling triple overtime game against Val D’or that was the longest in memorial Cup history at 102 minutes and 42 seconds. It was a sloppy game that saw them blow a 2 goal lead, only to come back with the emotional win. Emotion that got them through the game and it has been a recurring theme for the Oil Kings this season, as they have rallied around fallen teammate Kristians Pelss, who was found dead in his native Latvia last year.

“It’s so tough what happened to Pelssy,” captain Curtis Lazar says. “He was such a great friend and a competitor. The guys on the team that knew him, that guy would come to the rink and know how to put a smile on your face.

“The ‘Play for Pelssy’ motto this year really just motivated us. It’s another thing that brought us closer together, but we knew when we got on the ice and went to battle for each other that he’d be looking over us. He’s a big part of it this year.”

After Edmonton’s overtime thriller against Val D’or, the team held his up his jersey and skated around the ice in his honour. However, it will be interesting to see how much that triple OT game on Friday took out of the Oil Kings, who will be facing a very tough Guelph Storm team that has been resting since Wednesday.