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Remparts advance to Memorial Cup final

Last night, the Québec Remparts faced the Seattle Thunderbirds, an American team and, by the same token, representatives of the WHL.

Thanks to a 3-1 victory and an extraordinary performance by goaltender William Rousseau, Patrick Roy’s team qualified for the final and will not have to play the qualifying or semi-final games.

Tonight’s game against the Peterborough Petes is therefore of no consequence to the Remparts, who could very well rest a few veterans. Roy is currently juggling the idea, and we’ll know more about his line-up later today.

While the game is of no importance to the Quebec representatives, it is of paramount importance to the Petes and Owen Beck. With a loss, they’d be eliminated, but with a win, Peterborough would play a qualifier on Thursday against the loser of the Thunderbirds-Blazers game to determine the second team through to the semi-finals.

The fact that Roy could rest a few players will be to the Petes’ advantage, therefore, who, I repeat, must win to stay alive.

As you can see from the tweet below, going straight to the final is not an automatic victory.

Another interesting fact is that the Remparts have lost only two games since March 7. They lost two games in the final against the Halifax Mooseheads, but swept the Olympiques, Océanic and Islanders and won the last eight games of their regular schedule. Really, there’s no team more deserving of what’s happened to them.

So, apart from today, Patrick Roy has just one significant game left in junior. After tonight, he’ll have four days off to rest up and prepare for the grand finale. He’ll also have a few days to think about his future in the NHL. After all, there’s a lot of buzz around his name, and he could use these days to talk to Bettman executives, among others.

In bursts

– The Canadiens’ hopeful does well.

– Ah bon.

– He’s a very interesting player.

– Definitely.

– Nice move! It’s just too bad the Stars played poorly.

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