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Saint John Sea Dogs Defeat Hamilton for 2022 Memorial Cup

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SAINT JOHN – The Memorial Cup will remain the property of the QMJHL club for the third consecutive tournament. The host of the St. John Sea Dogs defeated the OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 at TD Station on Wednesday night to capture the organization’s second KHL title and first since 2011.

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Vincent Sevigny, Cam McDonald, Riley Bezo, William Dufour, Josh Lawrence and Peter Reynolds scored for the Sea Dogs who made 25 saves for Nicholas Hertubis. Mason McTavish with a couple and Jan Maysak faced off against the Bulldogs, who were in contention for their first national title. Marco Costantini saved 21 shots in the fight.

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The Sea Dogs, who had a 2-1 lead in the room 20 minutes later, struck first when a Sevigny shot hit a pair of Hamilton defenders and over Costantini’s shoulder for his first tournament at the 2:35 mark. send TD Station into a frenzy. The roof came off again at 3:12 when another first-time shooter, McDonald, took a serve from William Villeneuve’s spot, parked in the slot, spun around and quickly fired past Costantini. The Bulldogs responded at 7:45 when McTavish made a spot shot by Nathan Staios that eluded Hurtubis for his fifth of the tournament.

After an extended tryout period, the Sea Dogs regained their two-goal cushion at 4:41 when Bezo became the next goalscorer that evening when he landed a wrist shot on Costantini’s gloved hand on goal. right wing. Dufour, QMJHL regular season MVP, added to the score just 34 seconds later when he put the finishing touch on Ryan Francis’ attempt to overtake his seventh-place finish in the tournament. The Bulldogs hit back in a timely manner when Maysak redirected a shot from Arber Csekai’s line with just nine seconds left in the frame to cut the time to two.

At 6:32 of the third, playing on the power play, Dufour will find Lawrence with a cross. His second game of the tournament found the back of the net on Cosantini’s short side to rebuild St. John’s pad with three goals. McTavish would respond at 3:03 p.m. by sneaking a close-range shot at past Hurtubise, which was canceled after it was initially abandoned by officials. Reynolds’ empty net, his second-place finish with 1:17 left, sent the crowd that had been on their feet for the last few minutes to another level.

The Sea Dogs are following in the footsteps of the Akadi-Bathurst Titan (2018) and the Rouen-Noranda Husky (2019) as Q clubs to win the Memorial Cup. This is the eighth league title since 2000.



Source: thehockeynews.com

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