QUEBEC CITY — Appropriately, the Quebec Remparts' most important goal came directly off a missed Anthony Duclair chance.
The Memorial Cup hosts, only 72 hours removed from their double-overtime defeat in Game 7 of the President's Cup final, moved the puck and their legs with more alacrity more most of their 4-3 win against the three-time-zones-from-home Kelowna Rockets on the opening night of the Memorial Cup at Le Colisee. Ryan Graves' short-handed goal 2:08 into the third that the Remparts enough cushion to hang on prevail was a microcosm of that.
The Rockets, playing their first game in nine days, had a chance to tie on the power play early in the third. After Quebec cleared the zone and Duclair, snakebitten on several chances throughout the first two periods, won a puck race with 17-year-old Nick Merkley to earn oan breakaway, Graves got the jump on Rockets captain Madison Bowey in transition. When Duclair was stopped by Jackson Whistle, Graves fell heir to a juicy rebound andRead More »from Quebec Remparts open Memorial Cup with 4-3 win over Kelowna