Remparts win Memorial Cup
5/28/2006 6:33:43 PM
MONCTON, N.B. (CP) - The Quebec Remparts, who hadn't won the Memorial Cup since 1971, have recaptured major junior hockey's most coveted trophy.
Alexander Radulov scored two goals and assisted on three and Cedrick Desjardins made 46 saves in a 6-2 victory over the Moncton Wildcats in the first all-QMJHL final Sunday.
Radulov's linemates Angelo Esposito and Mathieu Melanson, Pierre Bergeron and Jordan LaVallee also scored for the Remparts.
Keith Yandle scored both Moncton goals as the Wildcats fell just short in their attempt to become the first team from Atlantic Canada to win the Memorial Cup.
The line of Esposito between Radulov and Melanson, given loads of ice time by owner-manager-coach Patrick Roy, put on an awesome display of puckhandling, and Radulov showed why he was named major junior player of the year during the tournament banquet Saturday night.
Radulov fed a cross-ice pass that Bergeron tipped past goaltender Josh Tordjman at 9:36.
Radulov was alone in front of Tordjman to take a Melanson pass, wheel around, and backhand a shot in off a post at 19:49.
It was 4-0 after two periods as the Esposito line continued to find holes in the Moncton defence.
Radulov made an end-to-end rush and, as the six-foot-one Russian right-winger was falling to the left of Tordjman, he flipped the puck towards the crease. It caromed off the skate blade of Moncton defenceman Nathan Welton and past Tordjman at 1:51, giving the Nashville Predators prospect credit for his fifth goal of the tournament.
Radulov then set up a wide-open Esposito at 11:03 for the 17-year-old American's first tournament goal.
The standing-room-only Coliseum crowd of 7,100 looked on in stunned silence.
The Wildcats had a 20-9 shots advantage in the second period but they weren't finishing off plays as were the quick and opportunistic Remparts. When they did threaten, Desjardins was in perfect position to smother the puck.
Yandle got Moncton back into it.
The Boston native, who was named top junior defenceman on the eve of the final, fired in a waist-high rocket from the blue-line 31 seconds into the third period on a power play, and he shaved Quebec's lead to 4-2 by dashing deep into the Remparts' zone to get a Philippe Dupuis pass and lift the puck into the top, short-side corner of the net at 3:57. Tordjman made it possible by stopping LaVallee on a breakaway seconds earlier.
The fans were back in the game in a loud way now, but there would be no miracle comeback by coach Ted Nolan's No. 1- ranked Wildcats.
Melanson made it 5-2 at 9:58. Yandle had a chance to clear the puck from his own zone, but he missed it with a wild swing of his stick. Melanson pounced. He took a stride towards Tjordman and lifted a backhander into the top short-side corner of the net. Guillaume Veilleux had shot the puck into Moncton's end after getting a pass from Radulov.
LaVallee capped the scoring with 44 seconds remaining when he whacked three times at his own rebound to get a power-play goal. It was the only Quebec goal Radulov didn't have a hand in.
Moncton outshot Quebec 12-9 in the third period and 48-25 in the game.
Moncton had defeated Quebec in the QMJHL final to win the President's Cup, but the Remparts won both their games against the Wildcats in the tournament - 4-3 to clinch top spot in the round robin Wednesday, and the finale.
It was the 10th time in the trophy's 88 years that it was won by a team from Quebec.
Guy Lafleur captained the Remparts to the 1971 title. There was no major junior team in Quebec's captail after 1985. The nearby Beaufort Harfangs operated for six seasons until Roy and a group purchased them and re-established the Remparts in 1997.
Notes: Moncton was 1-for-6 and Quebec was 2-for-5 on power plays . . . Total attendance for the nine games was 62,300 . . . Seven Moncton players have been drafted by NHL teams: D Keith Yandle (Phoenix), D Luc Bourdon (Vancouver), D Oskars Bartulis (Philadelphia), C Philippe Dupuis and C Adam Pineault (Columbus), LW Martins Karsums (Boston) and LW Stephane Goulet (Edmonton) . . . Four Quebec players have been drafted by NHL teams: D Michal Sersen (Pittsburgh), LW Jordan LaVallee (Atlanta), RW Alexander Radulov (Nashville) and D Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose).
Congrats to Patrick Roy!