The Shawinigan Cataractes won their second Memorial Cup game by a score of 3 to 2 against the Hamilton Bulldogs, Thursday night at TD Station in Saint-Jean.
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The representatives of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League opened their tournament with a victory on Tuesday by beating the Edmonton Oil Kings 4 to 3. They are now guaranteed to participate in the semi-finals.
Xavier Bourgault and Olivier Nadeau scored again for the “Cats”, as they had done in the first game. Bourgault also concluded with three points.
The Cataractes took advantage of the indiscipline of the Bulldogs, who were punished 10 times, to register all their goals on the power play. Mavrik Bourque gave the Mauricie representatives a 2-1 lead after one period. Mason McTavish, the game’s leading scorer, and Avery Hayes, however, provided Hamilton’s reply.
Nadeau broke the tie after seven minutes in the third period by pushing behind goalkeeper Marco Costantini a puck that had deflected off the stick of an opposing defender.
The Cataractes sit atop the standings after two games, ahead of the Saint John Sea Dogs and the Oil Kings. The Bulldogs are still looking for a first point in the tournament.