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Shawinigan Falls To Oil Kings In Memorial Cup Opener

Racine and Cataractes can't complete full comeback as hosts fall 4-3.

Saturday, 05.19.2012 / 10:53 AM ET / Memorial Cup
By Stefan Olofsson  - Special to FloridaPanthers.com
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Shawinigan Falls To Oil Kings In Memorial Cup Opener

It was a tough start for the hosts of the 2012 Mastercard Memorial Cup as the Shawinigan Cataractes fell to the WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings 4-3 Friday night as the game kicked off action of the weeklong tournament. Although it’s hard to believe that the Panthers prospect Jonathan Racine and the Cataractes were playing their first game in over a month after being knocked out in the QMJHL playoffs by the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in a Game 7 of the conference semi-finals by the way they played Friday.

Using the home crowd to their advantage, the Cataractes came out of the gates with tons of energy and kept their game simple to begin the first period, playing a north-south hockey game and throwing everything they could at Oil Kings’ netminder, Laurent Brossoit (drafted 164th overall by Calgary in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft), posting 14 shots on net in the first 20 minutes.

The Oil Kings’ Kristians Pelss actually opened the scoring 2:41 into the first period off of a feed from line-mate Michael St. Croix. Just six minutes later, however, the Catractes embraced their role as the comeback Cats when Michael Chaput scored his first of two on the night on a power play to knot it up at one.

The game then witnessed a standstill in the second period as both teams fought for every inch of ice, leading to a scrap between Cataractes’ Dillon Donnelly and Oil Kings’ Mitchell Moroz 7:08 into the second period.

Entering the final twenty minutes of regulation, it seemed as if the next goal would be enough to gain the two points, but soft ice and unwise turnovers opened up the game and set the tone for a wild third period. The Oil Kings’ Martin Gernat expanded their lead by two, after his teammate, Griffin Reinhart, had made it 2-1 just 1:01 into the third period.

The host team appeared out of it as their constant crashing of the net didn’t surmount to anything in particular, until an overruled on ice call cut the deficit to just one 6;37 into the period and 57 seconds following Gernat’s goal. There, Anton Zlobin crashed the net hard, following up on an initial shot by Loik Poudrier, pushing the puck just far enough to cross the goal line. After verification that the puck did in fact cross the goal line entirely it was ruled a good goal.

The Cataractes tied it off an Oil Kings’ defensive blemish as Chaput rifled a shot past Brossoit with 6:41 to play. The Oil Kings’ Henrik Samuelsson blasted a one timer past 17 year-old goalie, Alex Dubeau, to put the Oil Kings back in the lead for good just 23 seconds later. The winning goal came on an unfortunate defensive mishap as Racine broke his stick trying to stop the Oil Kings from entering the zone cleanly and his teammates were unable to clear the puck, leaving them outmanned.

"I don’t think we were being cute," defenseman Morgan Ellis told Sportsnet.ca when asked about the turnovers. “"It wasn’t a case of being soft, it was just one of those instances where you don’t happen to get the puck out and it ends up in the back of your net."

Racine played a simple and steady defensive game playing alongside Ellis (117th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft), finishing the game with two hits, four penalty minutes, and a minus-1.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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