Baie-Comeau's Charles Hudon, left, leads his team in scoring with 15 points in as many games, while Anthony Mantha, right, leads all QMJHL playoff goal scorers with 18 goals. (Ghyslain Bergeron / CP)
Val-d’Or Foreurs vs. Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Season series: Drakkar (2-0-1-0). Odds favour: Val-d'Or 56 per cent. Most mathematically likely outcome: Val-d'Or in 6. Prediction: Baie-Comeau in 6.
Tuesday was judgement day for the QMJHL’s four final teams, with two game 7s and final berths on the line.
The Baie-Comeau Drakkar were able to nurse a quick lead to its limit, escaping with a narrow 2-1 win to advance over the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, while the Val-d’Or Foreurs hung on by virtue of the play of netminder Antoine Bibeau to escape the Halifax Metro Centre with a 3-2 win.
The Mooseheads didn’t make it easy, outshooting the Foreurs 41-16, including 17-3 in the third period, but Bibeau preserved the victory.
So it comes down to Drakkar-vs.-Foreurs for the President’s Cup and a trip to London, Ont.
"Each team has its identity,” Drakkar head coach Eric Veilleux said.
"Surely they're going to stick to theirs and we'll stick to ours. We're in the final for a reason, so we'll keep going in the same direction."
"Our defencemen have been contributing on offence, and we have forwards with a lot of speed and skill," said Val-d’Or Foreurs coach Mario Durocher. "All our lines have taken turns contributing in the playoffs."
It is the second time in as many years for the Drakkar in the President’s Cup final. They are hoping to reverse the results from last season. They have never played in a Memorial Cup tournament.
The Foreurs are making their fourth trip to the final. They advanced to the Memorial Cup in 1998 and 2001.
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