Shawinigan Cataractes rally to crush Edmonton Oil Kings in Memorial Cup

Shawinigan Cataractes forward Pierrick Dube admitted that watching Memorial Cup opening night action instead of playing it raised his team’s anxiety levels.

On Tuesday, those levels climbed further after the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-3 thanks, in part, to a soft goal from Dube 5:37 of the third. period to tie the match 3-3. , with teammate Olivier Nadeau scoring the winner 78 seconds later in Saint John, NB

« They’re all good teams here. We’re watching clips, taking notes, planning, » Dube said ahead of Tuesday’s upset. « But we just have to play our own game. All the teams we beat in Quebec were good too, so keep it simple and play hard. »

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Cataracts beat Oil Kings on Day 2 of Memorial Cup

Olivier Nadeau’s third period goal was the difference as Shawinigan beat Edmonton 4-3 at the Memorial Cup.

Nadeau said his team relished the underdog role throughout the QMJHL playoffs, and said it helps relieve some of the pressure for a round-robin format like the Memorial Cup in which each victory and every defeat is amplified.

Jordon Tourigny and Xavier Bourgault scored Shawinigan’s other goals, while the Western Hockey League champions got goals from Luke Prokop, Tyler Horstmann and Cole Miller.

Shawinigan edged Edmonton 35-28. The teams were tied 1-1 after the first and Edmonton took a 3-2 lead in the final quarter.

The Oil Kings will need to register their loss quickly and prepare for a game on Wednesday night against the host Saint John Sea Dogs, who beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-3 in Monday’s tournament opener in front of 5 021 supporters at the TD Station. Shawinigan faces Hamilton on Thursday.

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