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Rouyn-Noranda Falls to Red Deer at Memorial Cup

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

The Red Deer Rebels scored five straight goals and defeated the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5-2 on Sunday evening in each teams' second game of the 2016 Memorial Cup at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta.

Rouyn-Noranda was playing the second contest of a back-to-back after it won 5-3 against the Western Hockey League champion Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.

Julien Nantel

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions scored the first two tallies in the opening period against the Rebels, as Timo Meier registered his third of the tournament at 4:17 and Avalanche prospect Julien Nantel found the back of the net for his first at 8:00. Nantel also added three shots and went 5-for-14 in faceoffs.

Evan Polei scored three minutes after Nantel's marker to cut the Huskies' lead to 2-1 going into the first intermission and begin Red Deer's run.

The Rebels broke out in the middle stanza as they tallied three times in 8:50 to take a 4-2 advantage. Hayden Fleury picked up Red Deer's third power-play goal of the game with 3:04 left in the final period to cap off the home team's first victory at the Memorial Cup.

Chase Marchand made 33 saves in net for Rouyn Noranda, which was outshot 38-24 in the contest.

Other Avalanche prospects playing in the outing for the Huskies were AJ Greer, who had three shots and 16 penalty minutes, and JC Beaudin, who registered one shot and won nine of his 23 faceoff attempts.

Rouyn-Noranda's final game of the round-robin portion of the CHL's championship tournament is Tuesday at 8 p.m. MT against the Ontario Hockey League champion London Knights.

Avalanche prospect Julien Nantel (Credit: Rob Wallator/CHLI Images).

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