SAINT-JEAN, NB | Saint-Jean Sea Dogs forward William Dufour had no plans to be overshadowed by Mavrik Bourque and Xavier Bourgault on Saturday. The prospective New York Islanders client scored four goals in a 5-3 win for his team, giving the locals a direct ticket to next Wednesday’s final.
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The Sea Dogs closed the preliminary round with a record of two wins and one defeat in extra time, for a total of seven points.
“It is the best moment of my career right now. I have one game left as a junior and on Wednesday we will do everything to get it. “
Things didn’t start well for the host side, who saw the Cataractes score three unanswered goals in the first period, seemingly aiming for a third win in three games.
But the situation changed and Dufour took matters into his own hands. The big winger scored two goals in 21 seconds early in the second, then completed his natural hat-trick before we even made it to mid-game to equalize and push the fans in the TD station to throw their hats on the track. Her three goals were scored in the space of 6:36.
Completely beaten in the second, the Cataractes took two penalties in a row for sending the puck into the stands. The second, that of Zachary Massicotte, allowed Jérémie Poirier to give the Sea Dogs the lead for the first time.
Dufour then scored his fourth goal early in the third period.
“It was a special match for him,” said Dufour coach Gardiner MacDougall. He is a player who plays in all situations and as I said before, you have to use your horses, and he is great. For him it was a second magical period. “
“Magic” is hardly an exaggeration. In fact, he sometimes seemed possessed in the game, which he completed with a total of 15 shots on the net.
“I want to give my best, I don’t want to have regrets in the end and that’s what I did tonight,” added Dufour.
TOO MUCH SPACE
Quebecer became the first QMJHL player to score four goals in a Memorial Cup game since Christian Dubé and Martin Ménard with the Hull Olympiques in 1997. Bruce Boudreau’s all-time five-goal record still holds in 1975 .
In the field of Cataractes, the coach Daniel Renaud could only point his hat on the number 28 of the Sea Dogs.
“He is possibly one of the best players in the Canadian Hockey League. You can’t give him the time and space we gave him. He was given the opportunity to shoot shots from dangerous places on the ice and he capitalized on it. He is too good not to. “
Renaud did not look far elsewhere to explain the complete change of face of his team between the first and second period.
Noting the indiscipline, among other things, he also admitted that his side had likely preached overconfidence with a three-goal lead after 20 minutes.
“I see a confrontation with the President’s Cup final. The first time we had the opportunity to finish against Charlottetown, we ate a 7-0 rince. The only thing I remember is that we came out so strong the next game and we went to win it in Charlottetown, at their house. At 3-0, perhaps we projected ourselves into the future and saw each other in the final of the Memorial Cup. “
In a good mood, Gardiner MacDougall gave a fun press conference on Saturday. She first answered the first question by pointing out that there are more media members than in the previous game, before … forgetting the question she was asked.
Subsequently, his phone started ringing in the middle of the press conference, while he was in full oratorical runaway.
“Sorry, it’s the Winnipeg Jets again,” he joked.
The Sea Dogs will now have three days of rest before the final on Wednesday, when the Cataractes face the Hamilton Bulldogs in the semifinal on Monday night.
Shawinigan beat the Bulldogs 3-2 in their preliminary round bout, game