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Memorial Cup: the Petes and Owen Beck are still alive

Last night, the Peterborough Petes had to win to stay alive in the Memorial Cup. The impact of the game was irrelevant to the Remparts, who didn’t play their best game, but are going to the final anyway.

A 4-2 victory for the Petes means they’ll face the loser of the Thunderbirds-Blazers game in a tie-breaker to determine the second team through to the semi-finals. This is the first time since 2015 that such a game will be presented at the Memorial Cup.

In defeat, Patrick Roy didn’t want to blame his players. After all, his team has only lost three games since March 7, and again, it’s not like this was a very important game for Quebec. The mistake is human.

William Rousseau, the Remparts goaltender who is coming off an incredible season, was taken off the game by his coach. It’s not that he didn’t play well, allowing four goals on 29 shots, but I’m sure Roy wanted to give his number-two goalie a chance to see some action in this Memorial Cup tournament. In any case, it was in the plans to play him half the game.

Quentin Miller did very well, stopping all seven shots fired at him. He even produced this gem.

It was far from a perfect game for the Quebec representatives. In fact, one of the team’s defensemen even scored in his own net. Canucks prospect Connor Lockhart inherited the goal.

Then, captain Théo Rochette was violently struck on the head. More fear than harm, though.

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Despite the loss, Quebec City will play its next game on Sunday in the Memorial Cup Grand Final. All they need is a win. The other three clubs need three wins to claim the prestigious trophy.

A big advantage for the Remparts, who will have four days off.

In gusts

– Nice gesture.

– Indeed.

– The Quebecer is an interesting prospect.

– The question arises.

– Good news.

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