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Tessier, Moncton Face Must-Win Contest

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
Kelsey Tessier and the Moncton Wildcats face a must-win contest Tuesday at the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

After losing their first two games at the event, the Wildcats will take on the defending Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires Tuesday in their final game of round-robin play.

Moncton began the event with a 5-4 loss to the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday. The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the opening frame and still held a 4-2 advantage after Alex Saulnier recorded his second goal of the contest at the 8:48 mark of the third period. But Calgary fought back, scoring three goals in the final 5:45 of regulation to claim the victory.

The Wildcats were then blanked by the Brandon Wheat Kings, 4-0, on Sunday.

While a Moncton comeback might be viewed as a long shot, it wouldn’t be the first time a team rallied back from an 0-2 start to win the tournament. In fact, just last year, Windsor came back after losing their first two games to claim the title.

Tessier, Colorado’s third selection (fourth round, 110th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft, has been held without a point through two games at the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup. Tessier finished second in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in playoff scoring this season with 30 points (14g/16a) in 21 games.
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