Canadiens prospect Jan Mysak had yet to score or score in three games since the start of the Memorial Cup. Let’s assume that in overtime on Monday evening in the semifinals the moment to catch up was well chosen.
Mysak hit the target to play the Heroes after 10:08 overtime to help the Hamilton Bulldogs join the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Memorial Cup Finals.
“Nathan Staios kept the puck on his racquet for two minutes and I was struggling with a defender,” said Montreal Canadiens’ Mysak. I saw the recording and made room for myself. I deflected the puck and it went into the net. Not bad! »
The Bulldogs beat the Shawinigan Cataractes 4-3 in the semifinals.
This brings two hopefuls for the Canadians into the final, with Mysak and defender Arber Xhekaj in the Bulldogs’ formation.
Hamilton could claim the Memorial Cup for the first time, while Saint John is aiming for their first title since 2011.
The Bulldogs were the first to knock on the door early in the game. Mason McTavish served goalkeeper Antoine Coulombe with a superb fake before seeing his shot hit the post.
Moments later, the Cataractes were unlucky as Daniel Agostino deflected his own puck off the bar.
Then, after just over five minutes of play in the first period, Mavrik Bourque capitalized on Maximilien Ledoux’s colossal work to score the opening goal. Ledoux worked hard to allow the Cataractes to retain the puck, which ended up landing on Bourque’s stick in front of the net. That goal allowed Bourque to record his seventh point of the tournament and take the lead in scoring.
Hamilton wasted no time before offering the refutation. Moments later, Artem Grushnikov redirected a great pass from McTavish behind Coulombe to put everyone back on track.
McTavish returned to attack very quickly in the middle stages. He missed a major league pitch from the top of the faceoff circle to put the Bulldogs in the driver’s seat for the first time in the game.
As was proper, the Cataractes refused to give up. Olivier Nadeau then deflected an Isaac Ménard shot into the back net to equalize 2-2.
Towards the end of the second period, the Cataractes had a great chance to take the lead, but Charles Beaudoin and Bourque were frustrated by goalkeeper Marco Costantini, who had excelled to keep the tie.
Midway through the third period, the Cataractes went into the red. Avery Hayes shot from the net on reception and the puck crossed the goal line, but officials confirmed there was no goal in the series due to the referee’s whistle, hastily decided by the Bulldogs, which had been heard moments before.
Shawinigan then made sure this little gift that fell from the sky wasn’t wasted. Moments later, William Veillette deftly deflected a shot from the point into back net to put the Cataractes ahead midway through the third period.
Then, on their 36th shot of the game, the Bulldogs came up with a goal from behind. With 6:04 in the third period, Logan Morrison shook off loose cover from Agostino to slot a pass and level the score to 3-3 and force an overtime. Xhekaj racked up an assist on the streak, his 4th point of the tournament.
Midway through overtime, Mysak deflected a shot from Nathan Staios to give the Bulldogs their final ticket to the Finals.
Goalkeeper Coulombe had a good game, losing 39 shots out of 43 he faced. At the other end of the rink, Costantini blocked 33 pucks.
This is how the dream run of the Cataractes ends, who wanted to be in the Memorial Cup final for the first time since their victory in 2012. Two weeks ago, Shawinigan won the President’s Cup.
The final will take place on the airwaves at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening RDS.
Morrison surprises the Cats in the slot
None other than Mavrik Bourque opened the scoring
Hamilton immediately provides the answer
McTavish hits early for Hamilton in second
It’s the Cats turn to tie the game
Shawi takes control in the 3rd period
Morrison surprises the Cats in the slot
Jan Mysak sends the Bulldogs to the final