Ryan Grave’s Quebec Remparts suffer 9-3 loss to end season
The Rangers were not the only ones to see their 2014-2015 season end in a disappointing manner. Ryan Graves (2013 fourth) and his Quebec Remparts were eliminated in the 205 Memorial Cup semifinals by WHL Champions the Kelowna Rockets by a score of 9-3. The hosts of the Memorial Cup ended their run in the tournament with a 2-2-1 record.
Quebec actually took the first lead of the game in the first period scoring an early goal just 3:11 into the contest. Kelowna scored to tie the game and that is how the first period ended but the Rockets took off in the second scoring four times to lead 5-1 after two periods.
In the third after Quebec scored to make it a 5-2 game, the Rockets scored twice in a 37 second span to make it 7-2. Quebec scored one last goal before Kelowna scored twice more to reach a 9-3 final.
Graves most likely ended his junior career on a low note going without anything positives as he was held scoreless on zero shots with no hits, a -3 and wound up getting called for a play that became a penalty shot for Kelowna.
Graves who turned 20 on May 21st could return to the Remparts for an overage season but everything that Graves accomplished this season says that he is ready to move up to the professional ranks. Graves set career highs in all three offensive areas but it is in the areas where you do not see statistics which Graves polished his game.
Teams avoided going on the side of the ice where Graves was stationed, those who did try typically found themselves going behind the Remparts goal forced away by Graves and Graves used his size “clean” with the exception of a one game cross-checking suspension in which he was (in our eyes) provoked.
Graves finished the year going 13-24-39, +17 with four power play goals, one shorthanded goal and one game winning goal in 50 regular season games. In 21 QMJHL playoff games, Graves was 5-6-11 with a power play goal and a game winning goal. In the Memorial Cup, Graves was 2-3-5 in five games.
Ryan Graves has a very promising future on Broadway and projects to be at least a second pair two-way defender for the Rangers.