Memorial Cup: Another winning comeback for the Cataractes

SAINT-JEAN, NB | It’s almost become routine for the Shawinigan Cataractes. As so often in the playoffs, Daniel Renaud’s men bounced back from a deficit after two thirds to eventually defeat the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-3 in their first game of the Memorial Cup tournament.

The Western champions were 3-2 up after 40 minutes but goals from Pierrick Dubé and Olivier Nadeau, 78 seconds apart in the third period, allowed the Cataractes to slip to the Sea Dogs at the top of the standings after two days unlock competition.

“We were able to do it a lot in the playoffs and it served us well. We’re a good team who don’t put any pressure on themselves and even if we fall behind it doesn’t change our game. We proved that again tonight against an excellent team,” said Dubé after the game.

In the second period, Mavrik Bourque was 2-2 when goalkeeper Sebastian Cossa stole the game, and his racquet stole a safe goal from him. The Cataractes captain retaliated in the third game when he impossibly played off Nadeau’s winning goal.


While he had Canadian Kaiden Guhle’s hope at his back, Bourque went around the net and managed to pass the puck in the fall with one hand to Nadeau, who threw into a cage left empty by Cossa, tied like almost everyone else was in Harbor train station.

“I had no choice but to only have one hand because I became addicted with the other. When I saw Nadz in front of goal, I tried to give him a pass and he got it on the stick. »

“I didn’t expect to get the puck at all,” added Nadeau. I just wanted to go online. He told me he saw me, but I wasn’t expecting that. […] They often come out with games that you don’t see coming. You have to be vigilant and it worked tonight. »


Also, Nadeau and Bourque had not started the meeting together. In the third game, head coach Daniel Renaud decided to separate the duo of Bourque and Xavier Bourgault and put Nadeau in his place. Everything to ensure that the two do not always play against the defender duo Guhle and Lukas Prokop. And it paid off as the two newcomers scored the last two goals for the winners.

“We’ve done it many times this season and in the playoffs. It’s nothing new for them to change management. It wasn’t a surprise for us internally, but certainly for them,” explained assistant coach Pascal Dupuis, who came before the media to replace Renaud, who was suffering from a loss of voice.

It was the fourteenth straight loss for a WHL team at the Memorial Cup. The western representatives have not won a game at the Canada-wide tournament since the Kelowna Rockets won the semifinals of the 2015 tournament, which was held in Quebec City.

The Oil Kings will look to end that streak Wednesday night when they take on the St. John Sea Dogs, who defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-3 in the opener.

First period

1-SHA: Jordan Tourigny (1) (unaided)AN-10:11
2-Edm: Luke Procope (1) (Williams, Demek)19:16

Penalties: Veillette (Sha) (dou min) and Golder (Edm) (game postponement and inc) 7:37 Ledoux (Sha) and Luypen (Edm) 16:34

second period

3-Edm: Tyler Horstmann (1) (Guhle, Prokop)4:11
4-SHA: Xavier Bourgault (1) (Beaudoin, Bourque)7:11
5-Edm: Cole Miller (1) (Luypen, Kubicek)17:03

Penalties: Booth (Sha) 1:43 Peters (Edm) 8:07 Agostino (Sha) 13:02 Rafanomezantsoa (Sha) (dou min) 17:38 Neighbors (Edm) 17:40

third period

6-SHA: Pierrick Dubé (1) (Menard, Bourgault)5:37
7-SHA: Olivier Nadeau (1) (Bourque) 6:55

Penalties: Has (Sha) 1:59 Edmonton Bank (flushed by Miller) 17:46 Bourque (Sha) 19:36

Shoot the net

SHAWINIGAN 11-9-15-35 Edmonton 14-4-10-28


SHA: Charles-Antoine Lavallée (G, 1-0), Edm: Sebastian Cossa (P, 0-1)

Numerical advantages:

SHA: 1 out of 5, Edm: 0 out of 4


Mario Maillet, Mike Campbell


Chad Huseby, Sylvain Losier


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