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SASKATOON -- The Halifax Mooseheads and Portland Winterhawks have been at the apex of the Canadian Hockey League all season, so its only fitting that the powerhouse clubs will meet in the MasterCard Memorial Cup final. Discount Nike SB Canada Shoes . The teams will play for the CHL title on Sunday in a showcase game that will feature not only the best clubs in junior hockey, but also the top prospects ahead of next months NHL draft. "We cant wait. We played our last game on Tuesday and if we could play it this afternoon, right now, were ready," Halifax coach Dominique Ducharme said Saturday. "To be playing in that last game, that was what we wanted to do and thats where we wanted to be so now its time to make the most out of it." Portland defenceman Seth Jones and Halifax centre Nathan MacKinnon are the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Although both have the ability to be gamebreakers, Winterhawks coach Travis Green says his focus isnt on the hype surrounding the potential top picks. "I dont look at it as a MacKinnon-Jones thing at all. Its Portland-Halifax," Green said. "Theyve got a lot of good players other than MacKinnon. Hes obviously a really good player, Jones is a great player, but its coming down to our team against their team and nothing more than that." MacKinnon, who is friends with Jones off the ice, says its too simplistic to suggest the game will come down to the two players. "I want to play really hard against him and hes going to play really hard against," he said. "Its going to be a team thing going on out there. Both of us have deep teams and a lot of talented players so its not going to be a Nathan versus Seth kind of thing." The Mooseheads, who lost just six games in the regular season and once in the playoffs as the CHLs top-ranked team before earning a bye right to the final of this tournament with a 2-1 record, are looking to become the third straight team from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to win the Memorial Cup after Saint John in 2011 and Shawinigan last year. The Winterhawks, meanwhile, had similar success in the Western Hockey League, finishing No. 2 in the rankings, but had a tumultuous campaign off the ice. The team had to deal with the season-long suspension of coach and general manager Mike Johnston for transgressions that included financial perks for players and their families. "After the sanctions we played with a chip on our shoulder. With Mike gone we definitely used that as fuel throughout the rest of the season," Portland centre Taylor Peters said. "If we win this it just shows that nothing can stop us." Winterhawks right-winger Ty Rattie, who leads the tournament with five goals, says his team deserves to be in the final after a trying campaign. "Its kind of surreal. Everything you went through and especially our team this year, all the ups and downs we had. Its a cool feeling," he said. "We worked real hard this year. We went through a lot this year and now were only 60 minutes away from our ultimate goal." The Mooseheads and Winterhawks are two highly offensive clubs that can score in bunches. Halifax beat Portland 7-4 in the round robin portion of the tournament, but neither side is putting much emphasis on that result. "On our side, whoever were playing, we need to be bringing our best," Ducharme said. "We need to be strong physically for 60 minutes, but also mentally we need to be sharp and we need to be keeping those highs and lows at the same level, or almost, and not fluctuate too much." Added Green: "I dont think its about redemption. Its about us trying to achieve our goal and win a hockey game." Players on both the Mooseheads and Portland say a key will be staying calm in a game with so much on the line. "Its been a long road to get here and its kind of surreal its finally here," said MacKinnon, who had a hat trick against the Winterhawks in their first meeting. "Right now were keeping our emotions in check. (Sundays) game is going to be filled with emotions and its going to be a fun and exciting game." Apart from Jones and MacKinnon, other top prospects will be involved in the game, including Halifax left-winger Jonathan Drouin and goalie Zachary Fucale. Drouin is the No. 3 ranked North American skater, while Fucale is the top-rated goaltender on the continent. "This an exciting tournament. Its got the best players in the world playing here," Peters said. "The fans come to see excitement and thats what this game is going to be." Halifax is looking for its first CHL title, while Portland has two Memorial Cups to its name (1983 and 1998). "Obviously theres butterflies all the time but thats a good sign," Ducharme said. "It brings the best out of you but at the same time you need to stay in control and really focus on things you can control and things that (help) us win and will make the difference for us. "We cant get caught up into think about everything thats around the game but really focus on what you need to do to win." Nike SB Canada Outlet . 4 Villanova with a 96-68 drubbing on Monday. Wragge hit 9-of-14 from behind the arc, matching Kyle Korvers school record for 3-pointers in a game set in 2003, as Creighton (16-3, 6-1 Big East broke a conference record with 21 treys in the rout. Nike SB Canada Online . 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