SAINT JOHN, NB – During morning practice before the first match of the tournament, coach Gardiner MacDougall had indicated the heights of the TD Station, pointing out to Saint John Sea Dogs players that there was room for a second Memorial Championship banner. Cup.
This space will be filled in a ceremony before next season’s first game.
Riley Bezeau and William Dufour scored within 34 seconds in the second period and the Sea Dogs defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 on Wednesday in the Memorial Cup final.
An eighth conquest for the host team
The Sea Dogs finished the regular season with 15 straight wins. They then suffered a surprise elimination against the Rimouski Oceanic.
MacDougall, head of the men’s hockey program at the University of New Brunswick, was called to replace Gordie Dwyer behind the bench.
With new energy, the Sea Dogs, host team also champion of the tournament in 2011, have regained the composure of the beautiful days. They helped QMJHL win their third consecutive Memorial Cup title and 14th in championship history.
“He has a winning mentality,” said MacDougall’s Dufour. He has won seven championships at the UNB. He won wherever he went. “
MacDougall instead paid tribute to everyone in the organization, especially its players.
“Any manager will say he is better off when he has excellent players. There were a lot of great players in our field tonight, “he said.
“I think (Dufour) was the best player on the ice tonight. Our concierge was great. Our defense played as a unit. All the attackers contributed, “MacDougall added.
Cam MacDonald scored a goal and two assists, Josh Lawrence and Peter Reynolds each scored a goal and an assist, while Vincent Sévigny also scored for the Sea Dogs. William Villeneuve and Ryan Francis each received two assists and Nikolas Hurtubise made 25 saves.
“I’m proud of the group, who worked hard to get out of this playoff disappointment,” said Hurtubise, the tournament’s quintessential goalkeeper. We’re back to work and we’re the best in the country! “
Dufour finished the event with seven goals, one less than the tournament record and one assist in four games. He was named MVP of the tournament.
“Great hockey players will shine in great moments. Dufour is a great hockey player, ”Hurtubise said of the prospective New York Islanders client.
Mason McTavish scored two goals, while Jan Mysak also scored for the Bulldogs, who were chasing their first Memorial Cup title after triumphing in the OHL. Nathan Staios and Gavin White each made two assists and Marco Costantini stopped 21 shots.
Coach Jay McKee said six of his 18 skaters were playing due to serious injuries, including Mysak and Staios, who suffered from a broken shoulder.
“Despite that, the guys gave it their all,” said McKee. In our eyes, they are the champions of champions since they have beaten the Western and QMJHL champions. We won a championship, but we lost a tournament. “
The wind in the sails
Sévigny opened the scoring on the match’s first shot on goal, 2:35 into the match, deflecting his slap against the stick of Arber Xhekaj, a potential Montreal Canadiens client, before swinging the ropes.
A third consecutive Memorial Cup for the QMJHL
MacDonald then doubled Sea Dogs’ lead to 5:47 on the team’s third shot on goal. He surprised Costantini on the side of the shield.
McTavish restarted the Bulldogs at 7:45 am, deflecting a Nathan Staios shot on goal.
The match then lost its intensity. Ryan Humphries had the only other good chance in the first period, but the Bulldogs forward’s shot hit the crossbar.
We had to wait after 4:41 of play in the second period for the next fireworks display. Bezeau scored 3-1 in favor of the Sea Dogs with a perfect shot overhead.
Dufour returned to the charge 34 seconds later. The Sea Dogs star scored his seventh goal of the tournament after a perfect play from Ryan Francis.
The Bulldogs increased the pressure at the end of the second period and reduced the gap to 4-2 with nine seconds left. Mysak, the Canadian’s other hope of playing for the Bulldogs, played luck when a long-range shot from Gavin White deflected against him before hitting goal.
The indiscipline, however, came to haunt the Bulldogs in the third period.
After some spectacular Hurtubise saves at the expense of Xhekaj and Avery Hayes, Xhekaj and Humphries were punished for unsportsmanlike conduct. Lawrence scored on power play at 6:32, taking him to 5-2.
“The hardest thing for me is to see one of our players being punished for splashing his water bottle in the Memorial Cup final when we saw this kind of gesture on all the benches in all matches without repercussions,” he said. McKee, visibly coming from Xhekaj’s defense. Then when they scored, he sawed off my legs. “
McTavish gave the Bulldogs one final burst of life with 4:57 left, when his long shot stunned Hurtubise. The goal was awarded after a video review.
Reynolds struck the knockout blow by scoring into an empty net with 1:17 on the clock.
Accidental deviation of Xhekaj, 1-0 Sea Dogs!
Sea Dogs are hungry! MacDonald delivers the goods!
Beseau triples the advantage of the Sea Dogs
A 7th in the tournament for William Dufour
The offensive recital for the Sea Dogs continues!
“The other teams played, we trained”
“It’s just great! “
“It’s just great! “