ST. JOHN, NB — A night of three-pointers from Xavier Bourgault lifted the Shawinigan Cataractes to a 3-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in Thursday’s Memorial Cup round robin.
Bourgault and Mavrik Bourque each scored and contributed a pair of assists, while Olivier Nadeau collected one of each for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions.
Mason McTavish opened the scoring for the Bulldogs 5:08 into the game and Avery Hayes added a goal late in the second period to tie the score at 2-2.
Nadeau buried the game winner 7:06 into the third, scoring Shawinigan’s third power-play goal of the night.
Cataractes goaltender Antoine Coulombe made 38 saves and Marco Costantini stopped 31 of the Bulldogs’ 34 shots.
Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton (0-2-0) will face the Western Hockey League championship-winning Edmonton Oil Kings (1-1-0) on Friday. Shawinigan (2-0-0) will face the host Saint John Sea Dogs (1-0-1) in the round robin final on Saturday.
Canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the four-team championship features the winners of the three major junior leagues and the host team.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 23, 2022.
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