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Bits: Kabanov, Shawinigan to the Memorial Cup Semifinal

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Again, this is not the Memorial Cup you are looking for.
Again, this is not the Memorial Cup you are looking for.

One New York Islanders prospect is still playing this spring, and if his team pulls off an upset against their bitter QMJHL rival tonight, Kirill Kabanov and the Shawinigan Cataractes would advance to the Memorial Cup final on Sunday.

First things first, the Cataractes are in tonight's semifinal thanks to last night's 6-1 trouncing of the Edmonton Oil Kings, who beat Shawinigan in the opening game. Kabanov did score one of the goals in a most carom-friendly fashion and continued his diligent work to earn the first star of the game from Yahoo's Buzzing the Net.

For the story to continue, the Cataractes will have to win again tonight, against tournament favorite Saint John, with whom they racked up fines after a fight-filled meeting in the round-robin phase.

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