After the Montreal Wanderers had defeated the Ottawa Senators at the end of the 1906 season and had captured the Stanley Cup, it was too late in the season to face the western champions. Thus it was decided by the Cup Trustees that Montreal would face the Kenora Thistles (previously known as the Rat Portage Thistles) in a two-game, total-goal series midway through the ECAHA season. With a packed house in the Montreal suburb of Westmount, the game was knotted at two during halftime, before Tom Phillips, who had scored the previous goals for Kenora, potted two more for a 4-2 upset victory. Game two was a physical affair with the Wanderers attempting to slow down their speedy opponents. Drawing 55 minutes in penalties, compared to the Thistles' 30, Montreal couldn't quite come back and Kenora became the smallest town (population 4,000) to capture the Stanley Cup, with an 8-6 victory.
Two months later, Kenora traveled to Brandon, Winnipeg to defend their title. The Thistles handled the westerners, winning 8-6 and 4-1.
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