Bourque presents victory with Guhle on his back

Shawinigan Cataractes scored twice during 1:18 of the third half to save themselves with a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday in the first cup round of the Robin Memorial match for both clubs.

Even with Kaiden Guhle on his back, Mavrik Bourque managed to get around the net before finding himself lying on the ice and handing one hand to Olivier Nadeau who beat Sebastian Cossa to give the Cataractes a 4-3 lead.

Indeed, Shawinigan turned the tide at short notice in the third as Morrissey FC trailed 3-2. The overtime top scorer in the President’s Cup final against Charlottetown, Beric Dobby, scored a 3-3 tie in the third half when he took advantage of the screen in front of the opponent’s net to touch the goal before seeing Nadio score. The goal that made the difference.

Combining the regular season and the playoffs, the Oil Kings’ record was 53-1-1 when leading after two stints.

Dobby admitted, “I don’t think it was my best shot, but the fact that we play with confidence, that we stay united and without pressure probably helped her get involved.”

“We are a good team and they don’t put pressure on themselves,” Dube added. Even when we fall behind, it doesn’t change our game. »

Al-Shallal dominated the third game with 15 shots to ten. This means that the two QMJHL teams won their first match.

“In this kind of tournament, it’s important to win the first game,” Burke said. We started slowly in the first, but we dominated the match in the second and third. »

Therefore, the oil kings were unable to put an end to the Western League champions’ jinx in the Memorial Cup. The WHL Kings haven’t won a championship tournament since 2015. They’ve gone 0-12 in their last four Memorial Cups.

“I don’t realize we’re back,” Burke said. I feel like we’re still in control of this match. We had to go back, but I don’t think we were outdone. »

Burke beats Guhle and scores a goal for Club

The Oil Kings suffered a massive loss at 7:37 in the first period when defender Carson Golder was sent off the brink of the match after a back injury on Maximilian Leducks. Golder got into the back of Ledoux a few feet from the boards. Ledoux was unhurt on the line.

In the end, this penalty kick gave a powerful three-minute shot to the Mauritian side, who seized the opportunity to take the initiative with an unaided goal by defender Jordan Torini, who scored with the help of a volley from his wrists at the top. part.

“We are a better team than we showed tonight,” Oil Kings coach Brad Lauer said. Maybe the guys were nervous, but I think we played really well. »

At the end of the first half, Luke Prokop beat goalkeeper Charles-Antoine Lavallée with a shot from his wrist that gave the puck the effect of a falling ball to tie the match at 19:16.

Canadian prospect Kayden Gaul was behind the Oil Kings’ second goal as he began an attack that turned into a two-on-one that allowed Tyler Horstmann to score at the nearer end with a shot from his wrist.

Three minutes later, Xavier Burgolt equalized the odds with his first match of the tournament.

Cole Miller beat Lavalle with a high-point shot to make Edmonton 3-2 at the bottom of a second. Lavalle finished his night with 25 saves.

The Oil Kings will face St. John’s on Wednesday. The latter won their first game of the tournament 5-3 over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday.

Disturbed by the loss of voice, Cataractis coach Daniel Reno gave way to one of his assistants, Pascal Dubuis, during the post-match press conference. Dupuis noted that it is not the first time his team has been behind in matches since the start of the QMJHL playoffs. “Very proud to see the resilience of this group that never gives up. It is a group that adapts well during the game.”

Edmonton applied a good check early in the game, forcing the Falls to adapt. “We started putting pucks behind them to play in their territory. It gave us some impetus to play behind their nets and defenders.”

Cats separated the duo Bourque and Bourgault in third place, which complicates the work of the champions of the West. “We did it several times in the playoffs and in the season, it was not a surprise to us, but certainly for them.”

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