(Saint John) The Shawinigan Cataractes have relied on a tight roster this season. If that explains their success, it’s also why Monday’s loss at the TD station in Saint John, New Brunswick, hurt so much.
Updated June 27th
Jan Mysak hit the goal after 10:08 of overtime and the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the QMJHL champions 4-3 in the Memorial Cup semifinals.
The Cataractes caused some excitement by winning the President’s Cup. To achieve this, they had defeated two of the best teams in the country: the Quebec Remparts and the Charlottetown Islanders.
The Mauricie team then won their first two games at the Memorial Cup before returning to Earth.
“It’s not easy to talk to the players,” said Cataractes head coach Daniel Renaud. You should go out with your head held high. They will forever remain the first President’s Cup champions in the 53-year history of the Cataractes.
“They achieved things that exceeded my expectations as a coach in terms of performance and their commitment to our success throughout the season. »
Mysak delivered the KO by deflecting a Nathan Staios shot into the net.
“Nathan Staios kept the puck on his racquet for two minutes and I was struggling with a defender,” said Canadiens prospect Mysak. I saw the recording and made room for myself. »
I deflected the puck and it went into the net. Not bad !
The OHL Champion Bulldogs will face tournament host Saint John Sea Dogs in the Memorial Cup Finals on Wednesday.
The Sea Dogs are seeking a second Memorial Cup title after their 2011 triumph. The Bulldogs are hoping to get their hands on the coveted trophy for the first time.
Olivier Nadeau had a goal and an assist, while Mavrik Bourque and William Veillette also scored for the Cataractes, who went 7-0 into overtime in the QMJHL playoffs. Antoine Coulombe made 39 saves.
Bourque, a Dallas Stars prospect, and Xavier Bourgault, whose rights belong to the Edmonton Oilers, are among the Cataractes players who played their last game at the junior level.
“This year, with the gang of guys, the atmosphere in the dressing room, we got there on June 27 and everyone was smiling,” Bourque said very emotionally after the game. It was like the season was about to begin. This morning, at practice, everyone was still smiling. It made us a great bunch and that’s what made the magic of this team.
“I think the tank was empty on our side. We gave everything on the ice,” added the man, who had two goals and five assists in four games during the tournament.
Mason McTavish had a goal and an assist while Artem Grushnikov and Logan Morrison also moved the ropes for the Bulldogs. Ryan Winterton had two assists and Marco Costantini had 33 stops.
It wasn’t the chances that were wasted early in the game.
McTavish signaled quickly but he made it to the bar after making a nice fake. At the other end of the rink, Daniel Agostino watched his shot graze the crossbar before going over the net.
Bourque eventually opened the scoring with 5:21 left in the first period. He used a beautiful transfer from Nadeau to surprise Costantini.
The Bulldogs responded 1:50 later as teams played four-on-four. Bourgault just let go of Grushnikov, who blocked a McTavish throw-in from behind Coulombe.
McTavish then gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead at 1:23 of the second period, just after a power play ended. It took him twice to hit Coulombe on the glove side.
The Cataractes, in turn, wasted no time in responding and secured the tie at 5:49 of the second period. Nadeau deftly blocked an Isaac Ménard shot from behind Costantini.
Veillette gave the Cataractes a 9:59 regular-time lead moments later. He deflected a shot up from Angus Booth.
Morrison replied 3min 55s later but used a perfect delivery from Winterton to beat Coulombe. Mysak then played heroes in overtime.