Kabanov, Cataractes Beat Sea Dogs 7-4

Friday, 05.25.2012 / 9:58 PM
Kirill Kabanov and the Shawinigan Cataractes will now face the London Knights on Sunday in the Memorial Cup Finals
Shawinigan 7, Saint John 4

Kirill Kabanov's Shawinigan Cataractes defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-4 on Friday, advancing to the Memorial Cup Championship Finals.

Saint John's Zack Phillips opened up the scoring at 4:29 of the first period. Shawinigan's Michael Bournival and Brandon Gormley each scored before the midway point of the opening frame, giving the Cataractes a 2-1 lead. The Sea Dogs' Tomas Jurco tallied his first goal of the tournament at 12:35, and the teams went into the first intermission tied at 2-2.

In the second period, Shawinigan outshot Saint John 20-8. Midway through the stanza, Loik Poudrier and Michael Chaput scored 1:25 apart for the Cataractes, giving them a 4-2 advantage.

The Sea Dogs got a caught a break late in the middle frame when Jonathan Huberdeau's shot from the Saint John end of the rink handcuffed Shawinigan goaltender Gabriel Girard, sneaking past him to make the game 4-3.

Saint John tied the game on Jurco's second goal of the contest at 9:16 of the third.

Four minutes later, Yannick Veilleux turned the momentum back in the Cataractes favor with his second goal of the tournament, giving Shawinigan its third lead of the game. With under a minute remaining, Chaput and Pierre-Olivier Morin each scored empty-net goals, giving Shawinigan a 7-4 lead.

With the win, the Cataractes advance to the Championship Finals against the London Knights on Sunday at 7:00. Shawinigan beat London 6-2 last Sunday in the round-robin phase of the tournament.

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STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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