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Cataract: a first cut in 53 years

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CITY OF CARLOTTE | The drought is over: After 53 years without the President’s Cup, the Shawinigan Cataractes are the champions of the QMJHL and will represent the Quebec circuit in the Memorial Cup tournament.

• Read also: Cataracts claim to have learned their lesson

• Read also: Michaël Bournival: sweet memories of the Cataract

Pierrick Dubé scored the winning goal just 41 seconds into extra time, propelling the Cataractes to a 4-3 win over the Charlottetown Islanders. The Cataractes thus won the final series 4 to 1.


Surrounded by his players, general manager Martin Mondou cheered as he lifted the first President's Cup in Shawinigan Cataractes history.

Photo QMI Agency, John Morris

Surrounded by his players, general manager Martin Mondou cheered as he lifted the first President’s Cup in Shawinigan Cataractes history.

“Everyone says it every year: it’s the best sensation in the world,” said Cats manager Daniel Renaud on the ice, seconds after lifting the cup for the first time in his career. The truth is that for these players it is the fulfillment of a lifetime. Winning a championship is a lifelong dream. Grow up hoping to experience it once in a lifetime and it is today. “

General manager Martin Mondou was also elated after the game.

“I am so happy for everyone, for the people of Shawi and Mauricie who have supported us. […] We had goals when we got to Shawi and now we have a Memorial Cup and a President’s Cup. I’m really proud for everyone. “

DOUBLE ONCE AGAIN


Olivier Nadeau orchestrated the comeback of the Cataractes at the end of the second period.

Photo QMI Agency, John Morris

Olivier Nadeau orchestrated the comeback of the Cataractes at the end of the second period.

The Cataracts were true to themselves today. The islanders took a 3-1 lead in the second period; they seemed to be in full control of the match. However, Daniel Renaud’s men orchestrated another comeback which began with a goal from Olivier Nadeau on the power play at the end of the second period. Then Pierrick Dubé took matters into his own hands. The 20-year veteran scored the equalizer midway through the third, before scoring the winning goal in extra time.

“I don’t even have words. It’s hard work all season. We have been fighting COVID for three years to have great leagues and be able to play great seasons. To round off my junior career and have the chance to go to the Memorial Cup, what more could you ask for? I don’t realize it yet, but it’s definitely one of the best moments of my hockey life. “

In extra time, Dubé took the puck from Patrick Guay before escaping to beat Francesco Lapenna with a precise shot.

“I remember the sequence, but I don’t remember it afterwards. I didn’t know what to do! “

BOURQUE PLAYER PAR EXCELLENCE

Unsurprisingly, Mavrik Bourque received the Guy-Lafleur trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP. The prospective Dallas Stars client scored his team’s first goal today, early in the first period. He finished the playoffs with 25 points in 16 games.


Named MVP of the playoffs, Cataractes captain Mavrik Bourque accepted the President's Cup from QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau.

Photo QMI Agency, John Morris

Named MVP of the playoffs, Cataractes captain Mavrik Bourque accepted the President’s Cup from QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau.

He is an outstanding player who will leave his mark as the [Anthony] Beauvillier, [Samuel] Girard who visited us. We have had a lot of good players and seeing guys grow up and have the chance to end your junior career with a championship, I think it’s the best ending you can hope for your junior internship, “said Martin Mondou, who enlisted Bourque third. overall in the QMJHL 2018 project.

“I am speechless,” added the captain of the Cataracts. I was afraid. It’s a good team on the other side. At 3-1 you start thinking in your head. We finish third, we had opportunities to score and we did it. In overtime it was in his pocket. “

♦ The Cataractes will now prepare for the Memorial Cup tournament, which will take place June 20-29 in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Daniel Renaud’s lesson in adversity

On February 9, 2020, the Shawinigan Cataractes fired Daniel Renaud. Today, just over two and a half years later, he raised the President’s cup with this same formation.

Undoubtedly, many raised their eyebrows at the start of the season when general manager Martin Mondou announced that he would be repatriating Renaud.

PROUD OF HIS TIME

The latter had just lost in the final against the Val-d’Or Foreurs against the Victoriaville Tigres, despite a champion team, and some wondered if he was the one to bring the Cataractes to the promised land.

“I knew what I was doing and so did Dan. Today we have the result and I’m happy with it,” Mondou said after the win.

Today, in the euphoria of victory, Renaud has agreed to open up a bit about this February 2020 episode.

“If I don’t get fired, I don’t win with the Cataractes today. In adversity you grow. My biggest moment of hardship in life was that layoff and today it’s easy to say, but I thank Martin and the group for making it happen. It made me grow like I could never grow up. I learned in Val-d’Or and I questioned myself. You always have the option to roll up your sleeves or point the finger at everyone when something bad happens to you. Today we live it together. “

“HE WELDED US”

After the victory, Renaud and Mavrik Bourque shared a moment together. They exchanged a few words before hugging for several seconds.

“Do you want to know what I told him? Bourque asked us when we told him about that moment.

“I told him I still remembered the date he was fired. He is back and today, two and a half years later, we are champions. If Dan hadn’t been there, we would never have been champions. He was able to weld us together and we can see it, we are a team, friends. This is partly thanks to Dan. “

HAPPY OF HIS RETURN

Forward Xavier Bourgault also had only good words for his manager.

“He’s a manager who really helped me. He’s a guy close to his players and he spent a lot of time with me making videos. He hurt me a lot when he got fired and we stayed in touch. I was extremely happy when he is. I came back and I trusted him. “

Fourth career final for Renaud, who had lost after the first three: as head coach of the Val-d’Or Foreurs last year; previously, as an assistant with Quebec Remparts in 2015 and with Rimouski Oceanic in 2012.

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