Special teams will play a key role in the Hamilton Bulldogs and Shavinigan eyeball clash on Monday night in the Memorial Cup semi-finals.
The Cataracts scored three power-play goals in a 3-2 victory over the Bulldogs in the preliminary round last Thursday, with Oliver Nado’s winner remaining 12:54.
When Hamilton was 4-1, Shavinigen had seven chances with a man advantage.
Bulldogs coach Jay McKee said, “We have to be more disciplined.” They have a great power play that has consumed us a little bit. Some changes need to be made there.
The Hamilton Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the Memorial Cup, beating the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-2.
“Looking back on that game, it could have really gone either way. Both teams played better.”
Cataracts captain Maverick Borg scored once and received two assists in the win, but will focus on the rematch at TD Station on Monday.
“We’ve going to play in the semifinals in the biggest junior tournament, so I think we can not ask for the best chance,” he said.
Host St. John Sea Dogs are waiting for the winner on Wednesday evening.
St. John advanced directly to the final with the first record of four teams in the preliminary round. The Sea Dogs had victories over Hamilton and Shavinigan, and lost more time to Edmonton.
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Hamilton, meanwhile, opened the Ontario Hockey League with 12 wins following the playoffs, capturing the OHL title in the seven-game final against the Windsor Spitfires.
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However, they lost consecutive games to open the Memorial Cup with a 4-2 win over the Oil Kings last Friday. The Bulldogs need to win the order to get to the semifinals.
Goldtender Marco Costantini’s 40-save performance helped them advance.
“They do a lot of offense, they play fast, they like to throw the zone, so we’ll be on the D-side and we’ll take advantage of that when we get some goal chances,” said Shavinigan coach Daniel Nadeau. “They are a great team and it will be a great game.”
Logan Morrison leads the Bulldogs by six points – all assists – with Mason McDowish and Ryan Winterton each scoring three goals in the match.
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Borg and Xavier Borgold accelerated Shavinigan’s attack with six points each.
Bulldogs defender Gavin White says, “We need to keep track of where they are in the ice at all times.” I think we can close them, as long as we keep an eye on them.
Nato has scored three goals for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions, including two game-winners.
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