With a Memorial Cup berth on the line, the Shawinigan Cataractes and Avalanche prospect Cedric McNicoll continued their battle with the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the QMJHL Finals.
McNicoll scored twice and added a helper in Tuesday’s (May 5) Game 3, but Shawinigan was handed a 5-4 loss. The Drummondville victory gave the Voltigeurs a 2-1 advantage in the series.
Drummondville also took Game 4 by a 9-2 count on Wednesday, pushing the Cataractes to the brink of elimination. McNicoll was held off the scoresheet in the loss.
Trailing 3-1 in the series, Shawinigan put forth a valiant effort and ended up shifting the momentum with a pair of victories. The Cataractes earned a 4-1 win on Friday, with McNicoll registering an assist. Shawinigan also claimed victory in Game 6 to even the series, taking a 2-1 overtime decision. McNicoll scored the game-tying power-play goal at the 14:51 mark of the third period to force the extra session.
Game 7 was contested on Tuesday, and it was Drummondville that claimed the President’s Cup and a berth in the 2009 Memorial Cup with a 3-2 victory.
McNicoll did not record any points in the deciding game, but managed four shots on goal. He finished the postseason with 33 points (16g/17a) in 21 games, ranking third in the league in playoff goals and fifth in both assists and points.
SHAWINIGAN vs. DRUMMONDVILLE (Drummondville Wins Series, 4-3)USHL
Nathan Condon and the Fargo Force were defeated by the Indiana Ice in the USHL’s Clark Cup Finals. After the Force won Game 1 of the best-of-five series, the Ice stormed back with three straight victories to claim the crown.
Heading into Wednesday’s (May 6) Game 3 with the series tied at a game apiece, Indiana gained control by blanking Fargo, 6-0. Condon recorded one shot on goal in the contest.
The Ice closed out the series Friday with a 5-1 victory. Condon opened the scoring with a first-period goal for Fargo, but Indiana notched five unanswered tallies to earn the title.
Condon finished the postseason as Fargo’s third-leading scorer with six points (1g/5a) in 10 contests.
FARGO vs. INDIANA (Indiana Wins Series, 3-1)