This is strictly my take on the upcoming RBC Cup. Hopefully, there aren't too many factual errors.
Please feel free to weigh in and make a prediction or two.
This years tourney is shaping up as one of the worst in recent memory. As far as I can tell, only two of the teams have a legitimate shot at winning the national championship. Often there are favourites, yes, but not likely multiple teams with almost zero chance to succeed.
The favourites: One being the winner of BC/Alberta, which I presume will be the Penticton Vees. The other is host, Humbolt.
Even Steven: I believe Portage gets the free ride in, due to the fact they currently face off against the Saskatchewan champs, the RBC host team. By all accounts, the Terriers aren't awful, but shouldn't be a threat. Portage finished at the bottom of the RBC Cup last season, with a much stronger field. Look for the Manitoba team to make it to the semis, but bow out meekly. The Terriers should end the tourney somewhere around even.
East is almost least: One presumes Woodstock will come away with the right to represent the East. And although the MJHL is of relatively poor quality, the Slammers would appear to have more than either Nepean or Princeville. Nepean barely won their league, having to come back in their last two series to even qualify. The Cental was most definitely not the CCHL of recent past. As for the Titans, Quebec teams have rarely faired well! The winner of the East will likely win 1 game and be outscored by an average of five goals a game.
Cental Chumps...er Champs: Take nothing away from their Dudley victory, but, the Soo will likely endure an awful week. I presume at least two of their games might be double digit defeats. If the T-Birds can keep the score within 2-3 goals against the East and Portage, at least they won't have embarrased themselves.
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