After a great season that saw them go to the Ontario Hockey League final and, as the host, to the Memorial Cup final, Maxim Kitsyn and the Mississauga St. Michael's Major fall just short, losing the Memorial Cup to the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League by a 3-1 score.
At 53-13-0-2, the Majors finished first overall in the OHL with 108 points so this was a very special season for Mississauga. It just wasn't meant to be as the Saint John Sea Dogs were just too much as they become the first team from the Maritimes to ever win the Memorial Cup so much congratulations is deserved.
En route to their victory, Sea Dogs goaltender Jacob Deserres was unbelieveable and this win was huge as just one year ago, Deserres was in the Memorial Cup with the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings (teammates with Brayden Schenn) where he had a rough go of things and was treated somewhat unfairly during his time in Brandon. Needless to say, this victory has to be vindicating for Deserres, to say the least.
As for Maxim Kitsyn, a win today would have been great as he could have added to the World Junior gold medal he won in January but to no avail. Kitsyn had a decent tournament scoring two points in five games with a +3 rating.
2010-11 was the 19-year-old Russian's first year in the OHL where he scored nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 32 regular season games and then scoring 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 20 playoff games.
It's unclear what the plan for Maxim Kitsyn is for next year, whether he'll move on to play professionally in the Los Angeles Kings organization or remain in the junior. That obviously remains to be seen but, for now, it's tough to see Kitsyn and his team to fall so short of the Memorial Cup title but congratulations to the Saint John Sea Dogs on their victory.