Quebec Opens Memorial Cup with Win
The opening night of the 2015 Memorial Cup could not have gone any better for Ryan Graves (2013 fourth) and his Quebec Remparts. The hosts of the Memorial Cup earned a 4-3 win over WHL Champions the Kelowna Rockets breaking a six year losing streak for the host team dropping the opening night game.
With the format setup the way it is, a round-robin where the champions of the three CHL leagues and host team play each other once, an early loss can put your team in a hole. Quebec was coming off a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Rimouski in game seven of the QMJHL finals but they shook off the loss and grab a win over a very good WHL Champion.
Quebec would get on the scoreboard first grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first period off an even strength goal from Nikolas Brouillard at 5:18. It would be the only goal scored in the first period by either team.
In the second, Quebec would make it 2-0 on another even strength goal this time from Matt Murphy. Kelowna would break through on a shorthanded goal late in the second to make it a 2-1 game.
In the third Ryan Graves would make it 3-1 Quebec when he scored a shorthanded goal of his own at 2:08. The goal came off a feed from former Ranger prospect Anthony Duclair who had a solid game for the Remparts.
Kelowna would cut the lead to 3-2 on a power play goal midway in the third period. Adam Erne would score an empty net goal for Quebec at 18:56 to make it 4-2 before Quebec would suffer a few brain cramps that would lead to a 6-on-3 power play for Kelowna in the last minute of regulation.
Kelowna would score a power play goal to make it 4-3 at 19:24 but Quebec survived the final 36 seconds for the win. Ryan Graves in addition to the goal was a +2 on four shots and two hits.
Quebec will seek their second win when they take on OHL champs the Oshawa Generals on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM EDT.