Graves with a 1-1-2 effort
Ryan Graves (2013 fourth) and his Quebec Remparts took on the OHL Champions the Oshawa Generals on day three of the 2015 Memorial Cup and the two teams put on a pretty good show for the fans with Oshawa earning a 5-4 overtime win. Graves put on a strong performance of his own earning the game’s second star with a 1-1-2 on two shots with a +1 and three hits.
Graves got his day going when he combined with former Ranger prospect Anthony Duclair on Quebec’s first goal, an even strength marker that tied the game up at 1-1 at 5:43 of the first period. In the second period Graves scored his second goal in as many games when he fired a blast from the high slot that beat Oshawa goalie Ken Appley tying the game for a second time this time at 2-2.
On defense, Graves was one of the few Remparts who could match up with the much bigger General forwards and it seemed especially in the third period and overtime as if Graves never left the ice. From shot blocking to playing the body and to disrupting passing lanes, Graves was getting the job done on the defensive zone.
Graves will still insist that he is a defense first defender but think it is quite alright for him to call himself a “two-way” defender. The Remparts fall to 1-1 in the tournament with a matchup against fellow QMJHL team the Rimouski Oceanic on Wednesday.